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Tamapoutini
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Joined: Aug 30, 2006
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From: Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Posted: 2008-04-26 12:29 am   Permalink

Bowana - Its been too long since I caught your progress - not since the 'TD' days of the Mini-Moai record attempt in fact. Thanks to some recent developments* Im managing to catch up again.

Dude, your work is so solid; perfect poses & headdresses on the Hawaiians and your Moais are more Moai than Moais! Whats next? Casually tackling guitar construction, of course.

*By the power of broadband I will be keeping up with you in future. Bring it on..

Tama


 
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Bowana
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Joined: Nov 10, 2006
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From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2008-04-28 8:53 pm   Permalink

Babalu! Tiki-Kate! teaKEY! 8FT Tiki! 4WD! seeksurf! Clarita! harro! benella! Benzart! Paipo! Mooney! Tama! Thanks so much for your visit! Merci, Benjamin, y el gusto es mio, Clarita!

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On 2008-04-23 08:15, Tiki-Kate wrote:
I fear that your Hurry Up And Finish It Already Corner is getting smaller than mine.


Little by little chipping away at it, Kate. Here's the before and current status:




The guitar and the lil' guy up front are all that need some work.



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On 2008-04-24 19:49, harro wrote:
Are you German by any chance?? That is just too precise!!


A tiny bit of German in me, harro, but I'm mostly Jack Russell Terrier.



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On 2008-04-25 10:31, Benzart wrote:
"STCA" Huh, I Resemble that remark , I'm Definitely the leader in That group. Love the Guitar too. What Can't You DO?


I have trouble sometimes tying my shoelaces. Oh Great and Powerful STCA leader, I propose a new organization, Slow Tiki Carvers of the World (STCW) I don't think we are alone.



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On 2008-04-25 15:18, Paipo wrote:
I've got a big block of limestone (also earmarked for a moai) that looks almost identical to AAC, and had thought of trying some sort of concrete seal/stain process on it.


Go for it, Paip! If it's something created by you, it's going to be fabulous.



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On 2008-04-25 18:25, MooneyTiki wrote:
! How do you carve it so Kleen and tight lines.


Lots of measuring, remeasuring, and setting my brain to Robotic Carving Mode. ("Kill Mode" as Buzzy likes to call it)



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On 2008-04-26 00:29, Tamapoutini wrote:
Bowana - Its been too long since I caught your progress - not since the 'TD' days of the Mini-Moai record attempt in fact. Thanks to some recent developments* Im managing to catch up again.
*By the power of broadband I will be keeping up with you in future. Bring it on..


All right, Tama! A high speed connection is well worth it. It took me a while too before I finally caught up with the new millinium!



I know Klaus Gnomi there is not a Tiki, but there's no reason why the two cannot get along.



Play nice, fellas.

Bowana


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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2008-04-29 5:13 pm   Permalink

Most excellent carves going on there.

 
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Babalu
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Joined: Nov 19, 2006
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2008-04-30 10:39 pm   Permalink

Sir B, Those tikis are as tight as one could ever hope to get a tiki, but that gnome is extra special! Very sweet carve! He might have looked just a little better naked to the world and tatooed. You would still have needed to leave the red hat on though...that's a must.

I hear the drums!


 
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Tamapoutini
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From: Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Posted: 2008-05-01 12:13 am   Permalink

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On 2008-04-28 20:53, Bowana wrote:



I know Klaus Gnomi there is not a Tiki, but there's no reason why the two cannot get along...






*I think Ive might've found the link between Tikis and Gnomes.. (it's Christmas)
Klaus-Gnomi meet Tiki-Claus.. [(c) Mieko. 2007]



Very cool Gnome! Youve captured the distinctive smiley, hairy face so well, he has heaps of character. So gnomey!

Tama


 
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Bowana
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From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2008-05-02 9:18 pm   Permalink

Thanks seek, Babalu, and Tama! I dunno, Babs. Is the world ready for a naked, tattooed Gnome? Hmm..well, maybe. Good one Tama! i didn't think of the connection between Klaus Gnomi and Mieko's Tiki Claus until you pointed it out!


The gap narrows!

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harro
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From: Australia / Argentina
Posted: 2008-05-15 10:34 am   Permalink

Bowana,

you seem to be the master of the chiselled finish on your tikis. The gnome, Ali'i and the Lono all look great with that texture. This is something I want to do on the one I'm working on now, but I'm not sure how to go from the chiselling stage to the finished/ready-to-stain stage. How do you sand in order to keep the chisel marks but get rid of the imperfections (and horizontal chisel lines that I saw you mention a while back)? Thanks for any tips.

Cheers.


 
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Bowana
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From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2008-05-16 07:37 am   Permalink

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On 2008-05-15 10:34, harro wrote:
How do you sand in order to keep the chisel marks but get rid of the imperfections (and horizontal chisel lines that I saw you mention a while back)?



Buen dia, Harro! I was never able to eliminate the horizonal chisel lines I was lamenting about previously.



Each whack of the mallet makes a new one. The only way not to do it is to be able to carve off each chip in a single stroke. This method is much less controlled from what I've discovered. I've had to sacrifice one for the other, and learn to live with the imperfections so I could still have control over every subtle nuance of the carving.



With softer woods like palm it's not so severe, but with harder woods it's much more noticable. I imagine you got your share of it on the Quebracho? I found that after staining and all, the offending lines don't notice so much.



As far as Ali'i is concerned, I spent a lot of time sanding it and took out all of the chisel marks, so it's as smooooooth as ever!



Ali'i the Second here had a minimum of the horizontal chisel lines because it's carved from palm. To get a texture such as this, you have to go over it a lot and make very small cuts as you get closer to the finished look desired. Go very easy and lightly towards the end.

I hope this is helpful. Your drummer is looking great! Buena suerte, amigo!

Bowana


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harro
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From: Australia / Argentina
Posted: 2008-05-21 11:54 am   Permalink

thanks Bowana.

So for Ali'i the 2nd you just chiseled down with more and more precision until you were happy with the form, and then jumped straight into the staining? So no sanding at all?

Really appreciate you masters spending time to teach us apprentices!


 
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Bowana
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From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2008-05-21 8:45 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-05-21 11:54, harro wrote:
So for Ali'i the 2nd you just chiseled down with more and more precision until you were happy with the form, and then jumped straight into the staining? So no sanding at all?



That is correct, Harro! No sanding at all. I like the hard edges of the faceting left by the carving tool. To me, sanding over it makes the surface appear "blurry". I will only sand areas of extreme detail such as the face.


While I'm at it, here's some shots of my workspace(s)


These first two are the garage where I do messy work like carving and moldmaking.

My carving stand also makes a good place to store my flashlight!

Wow, what a lot of junk!


This is a corner of my inside studio where I mainly sculpt in clay. I'm working on a set of Indians for a toy soldier company currently.


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Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2008-05-23 07:08 am   Permalink


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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
Posts: 6920
From: Tujunga
Posted: 2008-05-23 1:28 pm   Permalink

Here's a closeup for you Babalu.



 
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MooneyTiki
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Joined: Sep 28, 2005
Posts: 578
From: Jensen Beach,fla
Posted: 2008-05-25 07:04 am   Permalink

Excellent stuff Bowana! Aloha, Mooney

 
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surfintiki
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Joined: Sep 30, 2004
Posts: 1574
From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2008-05-25 08:20 am   Permalink

Is that a SPAM beachball?

 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7595
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2008-05-25 09:04 am   Permalink

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Sculpting lil Indians...a SPAM beachball....a Frazetta Conan poster....
You're a regular Renaissance Spazz!
You're mind is always so full...
No wonder so much genius pours out!
Always a joy to see what you're working on.....
Clean up your work area tho!
it makes it less distracting
cause you know where everything is!


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