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Tahitiki's carvings - new bone carving - 01/08/11 - page 22
Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2007-02-20 9:38 pm   Permalink

Excellent piece there Tahitiki. But I liked it better before you stained it. The grain was beautiful. A clear marine varnish would have brought it out nicely. Carve another piece with that wood and maybe we could do a trade if you're up for it.
Come on out to Modesto sometime and I'll buy you a few drinks at Minnie's. Maybe drunken Hat and Tikicleen will show you their Dark Marq room. It's da' kine.
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Tiki Kaimuki
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Posted: 2007-02-21 1:59 pm   Permalink

Smooth work. Did you ever find out what type of wood you carved the moai out of? Looking forward to seeing more.

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JohnnyP
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Posted: 2007-02-22 4:45 pm   Permalink

That is a great tiki. The grain on the wood was nice as well, but the stain came out really good and it shows you put a lot of time into it.

I admire you guys who have the patience to sand that much.

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Benzart
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Posted: 2007-02-22 7:57 pm   Permalink

Nice one and I'b with Jungle trader about the grain, it WAS Very beautiful to cover up, but the carving Still looks Excellent.
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Tahitiki
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Posted: 2007-09-05 6:11 pm   Permalink

Jungle Trader, TIKI KAIMUKI, JohnnyP and Benzart hanks for all the good words.
For some reason I was stuck on making the Moai dark from the beginning, I guess you guys are right I should have keep the grain, I still have one piece of the same wood, so I might make another one one of these days.

TIKI KAIMUKI, I haven't found out what the wood is but I think it's some kind of pine maybe, not sure.


I finally finished the Tikilele I started a while ago, so here it is, enjoy,

Size wise, it's about 2 inches smaller than the traditional soprano ukulele so it's kind of fun to play for it's very small.









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Posted: 2007-09-05 6:24 pm   Permalink

That's INSANE! I love it...I want one. I play the Uke. I've got 2. But I want YOURS!
What brand was that originally?


 
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Tahitiki
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Posted: 2007-09-05 6:33 pm   Permalink

Surfintiki, I don't know what brand it is, it's a really cheap uke that I bought a the goodwill, I just wanted to give it a try, to see what I can to on the head, without worrying about messing it up.

Check page 2 of this tread for some progress shots.
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Posted: 2007-09-05 8:20 pm   Permalink

Man, that uke is insanely good!!

That design would sure make a sweet guitar too!


 
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Tahitiki
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Posted: 2007-09-16 9:14 pm   Permalink

After going to Tahiti about 5 years ago I always regretted that I didn't buy a Tahitian Ukulele. So I decided to build my own.
It's just a first try, I never made an instrument from scratch before.
So, I purposely choose really cheap material so if I messed up, the cost of trying would be really low.
I found a board out of a construction site by my house, my wife call this knotty pine. It's knotty alright.
Anyway, that will keep the cost really low cause it's free.

I traced my design on the board trying to make it so no knot would be on the neck - pretty hard



I cut the outline with a jigsaw.



and I reduced the size of the neck.



I used my carving chisels to create the sound hole.



I thinned out the head and carved the sides (I don't have much power tool), then I cut a circle out of a thin piece of plywood from the lumberyard





and sand it so it would match the sound hole



I glued the circle board and stained it.
Added the frets and drilled the holes for the tuner (a real mess, the wood is so soft I mess up most of the holes and I had to fill them up with wood putty, a pretty sad experience)



this is where I'm out so far, I will post some more images soon.


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Posted: 2007-09-17 09:48 am   Permalink

This is just beautiful work.. I think that lono carved on the last uke is killer. Great Stuff!

 
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Tahitiki
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Posted: 2007-09-19 9:45 pm   Permalink

Thanks
I made a skateboard a while ago, I thought I would share it with the TC members.



it's about 4' long.

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hewey
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Posted: 2007-09-20 04:35 am   Permalink

Awesome work! I love that finished tiki uke - gorgeous! What are you carving this and the little tikis with?

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It's just a first try, I never made an instrument from scratch before.
So, I purposely choose really cheap material so if I messed up, the cost of trying would be really low



Do yourself a favour, and buy some decent wood! You deserve it! None of this puttying up crap!
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AKUAE
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Posted: 2007-09-20 08:49 am   Permalink

Hello Tahitiki,

your Tikis are beautyful - great
the finishing is top and your idees with the uke are very cool

what kind of wood your take for the longboard ?


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Tahitiki
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Posted: 2007-09-20 8:21 pm   Permalink

Thanks Hewey
I usually use a combination of small really cheap carving tool that I had to sharpen like crazy and 2 carving knife from Flexcut. Sometime a box cuter does the trick too.

Bonjour AKUAE
Thanks for the compliments
I use Oak (du chene) to build the skateboard, it's all I had then. Not the best choice but that's all I had. So I had to loosen up the trucks. The board make really wide turn, and can be ride just like a longboard surfboard. You can ride the nose and with enough speed hang ten witch is really cool. For the one that surf, it really have a great feel to it. Hardcore skateboarder usually don't like it.
I think it's a fun ride.
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Benzart
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Posted: 2007-09-21 05:37 am   Permalink

Cool looking board Tahitiki, looks like you can carve an Excellent what ever it is you want to make. Talented across the board!
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