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8FT Tiki
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Joined: Nov 30, 2003
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From: Kansas City, MO
Posted: 2007-01-06 5:19 pm   Permalink

Tikidav, just wanted to pop in and say that I really like your work. I mean every piece you have shared is teriffic.
Plus I admire artists like yourself that can achieve such excellent results with different materials. Your Moai are tops in my book. Thanks for sharing your work with us. SO COOL!


 
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Bowana
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Joined: Nov 10, 2006
Posts: 1168
From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2007-01-06 8:54 pm   Permalink

Thanks so much for all of your responses.

Capt'n Skully: Agreed! Bondo does rule. Especially when there's a world of sin to hide with it.

Tiki Duddy: Yeah, I guess living in San Diego makes us take having palm tree logs at our disposal for granted. Hope you will be able to score one for yourself.

BK, JP, and Benella: Thanks and Merci for visiting!

Aaron: Glad to hear that you were slacking on the internet while at work on a Saturday. Just as everyone should when they make you work on the weekend!! Will you be at 4WD's Chop-Chop?

Buzzy: Thanks for the heads up about the mold/mildew. Haven't noticed any as of yet. I have come across some rotting areas towards the core of the wood. It's darker and doesn't carve. It just sorta wants to fall apart and splinter, so I was not able to go as deep as I wanted on this piece. (see pictures below)

8FT: Thanks for popping in!



Today I sketched out the eyelids and beard using a rifler mostly. Better control in the tight areas.



I wanted the feet to be thinner so I changed it so that the feet are on a base. Too easily breakable if the feet were that thin and freestanding.

You can see the rot I mentioned on top of the head and between the knees. Hard to see in the pictures, but it's the splintery looking areas. I wanted to carve deeper and put some more open space between the legs, but it looks like I'll have to stop where it is now.







 
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Aaron's Akua
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Joined: Jul 09, 2004
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2007-01-07 10:00 am   Permalink

Dave,

What kind of rifflers do you use? Can you post a pic? I have some stone rifflers that are just the right size, but are way too course. I also ordered some wood rifflers from an internet site, but they seemed way too small for any serious medium scale carving.

Love the details emerging on this tiki.
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Davez_tikiz
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Joined: Aug 17, 2005
Posts: 333
From: Riverside, CA
Posted: 2007-01-07 10:34 am   Permalink

Ditto for me... he's lookin really nice. I'd like to see a pic of the rifflers your using as well...

 
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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
Posts: 6902
From: Tujunga
Posted: 2007-01-07 11:20 am   Permalink

Great stuff. GROG like.

 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10365
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2007-01-07 1:11 pm   Permalink

Excellent , Precise detail TD, I really love the face on this guy. Ditto on seeing the rifflers too!
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finkdaddy
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Joined: May 11, 2004
Posts: 2061
From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2007-01-07 1:47 pm   Permalink

Very nice! I really like how perfect your teeth are. You have great attention to detail. Can't wait to see him finished.
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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4278
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2007-01-07 5:31 pm   Permalink

Very nice work

 
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mieko
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Joined: May 01, 2006
Posts: 532
From: San Diego
Posted: 2007-01-07 7:51 pm   Permalink

Wow Dave, I'm really impressed by how this big guy is turning out, of course most of the pictures you have of him make him look smaller than he is. Great work on your other stuff too, it's great to see what people can do with a redwood fence post.
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Bowana
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Joined: Nov 10, 2006
Posts: 1168
From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2007-01-07 7:58 pm   Permalink

Thanks so much everybody.

The riffler, eh?



It's about 7 1/4" long. Really not very big, but excellent for doing detail work. I used it a lot when carving the Styrofoam Moai. Actually, I have used on all of my carvings. I'm planning on putting it to good use when I start on the AAC block you gave me, Aaron.



It's got a straight end, and a curved. (The tip was already broken when I got it. I swear I didn't do it!) No manufacturer name. It has "Italy" and the number 2, and letter B (or R) stamped on it. It was given to me years ago, so I'm afraid I don't know anything about it's origin.



It's great for making grooves. Quite a groovy tool!

Now here's a question I've got:



What is the cause of the horizontal marks pointed out by the arrows? That's not the grain. It's left by the chisels. I would like to have nice clean chisel marks, but I keep getting this. Is it from carving with a dull tool? Anyone else experience this?



In case you are curious, that's the hat of a Gnome carving I'm also working on. Not a Tiki, but there's no reason why the two cannot be friends!



 
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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
Posts: 1871
From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2007-01-07 8:56 pm   Permalink

Travelocity!

Dave, you're work knocks me out! I'm looking foward to seeing what you carve at the chop chop.


 
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Paipo
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Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 1886
From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2007-01-07 11:28 pm   Permalink

About time you had your own carving thread! They're all beautifully executed pieces, but I particularly like Ali'i as he's a little different than most of the Hawaiian influenced pieces you see- he reminds a bit of the feather effigies.
I think I have a very similar riffler to that - it's extremely useful for limestone carving, and I always use my little ones when I'm bone carving. They are such a versatile tool. I would love some decent quality ones for hard stone work.
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Bowana
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Joined: Nov 10, 2006
Posts: 1168
From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2007-01-08 8:50 pm   Permalink

4WD: Wassup, Bill! Looking forward to the Chop-Chop. I'll probably bring the one I started at Meiko's to work on if I'm not done with it by that time.

Paipo: You are correct, sir! Ali'i was based on the Hawaiian feather effigies. I meant for the mohawk/frill to be bigger, but ran out of real estate on the log. I wanted it to look like this smaller (3 1/2") figure that I had sculpted a few years earlier.



Also, here's my entry for the Paipo/Tama "Who Can Make It The Smallest" contest.



Not a very good shot, but my camera won't go that close. It's a Moai I sculpted and cast in resin. I was planning on casting some in silver, but it never happened.


 
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Paipo
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Joined: Jun 22, 2006
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From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2007-01-09 12:31 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-01-08 20:50, Tikidav wrote:


Also, here's my entry for the Paipo/Tama "Who Can Make It The Smallest" contest.



Not a very good shot, but my camera won't go that close. It's a Moai I sculpted and cast in resin. I was planning on casting some in silver, but it never happened.



Whoa....we may have a new titleholder! What medium did you use for the original sculpt and what tools were used to shape it? I think a little stone ahu pendant with a row of those guys along the top would look pretty neat! Is it just a head, or is there a body hiding under your thumb?
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Tamapoutini
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Joined: Aug 30, 2006
Posts: 1530
From: Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Posted: 2007-01-09 01:12 am   Permalink

WOW!!! From really big to really small - Really impressive!

*Id like to know what the original was made from too? Wax?

**And just how small is it? 9.9mm is the target if there is to be a new winner!

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