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Bowana's Other Crafts
VonTiki
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Joined: May 05, 2004
Posts: 207
From: Ventura, Ca
Posted: 2007-02-12 09:17 am   Permalink

Dude, You shred!!! Sweet tikis bro!

 
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greentikipat
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Joined: Oct 08, 2006
Posts: 325
From: st. pete fl
Posted: 2007-02-12 5:01 pm   Permalink

incredible work, TDave. i can't believe i've missed it up till now. WOW!

 
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Polynesiac
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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2085
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2007-02-12 5:23 pm   Permalink

Amazing palm carving...so perfect and nice, almost like it's sculpted from some other material. BEEEutiful stuff.
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tikigap
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Joined: Jan 19, 2006
Posts: 838
From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2007-02-12 5:43 pm   Permalink

Great stuff Dave! Man - someday... maybe someday... I can only hope and keep smashin the logs. I wish I could carve like that.
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Bowana
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Joined: Nov 10, 2006
Posts: 1170
From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2007-02-12 8:42 pm   Permalink

Thanks so much Mieko, Clarita, Squid, Babalu, Surfintiki, Sneakytiki, Aaron, JohnnyP, VonTiki, greentikipat, Polynesiac, and tikigap for visiting!

Your comments are are all very well received!

You Tiki Cats N' Kittens are rock stars too!

A friend of mine who is in a Polynesian dance group had two 17" pieces of palm wood that were to be made into matching drums to be used for their dances. She told me that the carver attempted to make a drum from one of the logs but failed, and stated that the wood was cursed. My friend then offered the other log to me to make whatever I wanted with it.

Hmmm..........One of a pair of cursed palm wood logs offerd to me by a Polynesian dancer? With a pedigree like that, how could I say anything but "Bring it!"



Here are some progress shots of a Moai I'm carving from said cursed log. I'm finding that it's a very difficult piece to work with. It's got some areas that carve like "budda", and others that carve like-well, something worse.



Much of the wood is splintery and wants to fall apart. I had to limit the use of the chainsaw to just very basic blocking out because it was really chewing it up. The rest was done with chisels. I'm starting to think that maybe there is some truth in the wood being cursed! Dang rotting wood!

I'm afraid I may have to abandon this one, which breaks my heart because no Tiki should ever have to be left unfinished.

On the plus side, on deck would be the carving of the AAC block courtesy of Aaron's Akua and Mieko

Thanks again for your visit!

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benella
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Joined: Sep 27, 2006
Posts: 1423
From: Meudon, France
Posted: 2007-02-13 12:25 am   Permalink

Another masterpiece for you tikidav.
This moai rocks !
Very good stuff.
The alliance of straight and rounded parts is just awesome.
Bravo


 
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Tamapoutini
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Joined: Aug 30, 2006
Posts: 1530
From: Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Posted: 2007-02-13 01:44 am   Permalink

Far out TikiDav! Where have I been? That there Wahanui is the Sweetest! And Lanakila too for that matter. Superb!

From a 12.5mm moai to THESE?! Bravo!

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Sneakytiki
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Joined: Mar 31, 2003
Posts: 1795
From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2007-02-13 05:04 am   Permalink

I dunno if your a "rock star", that distinction probably goes to our kiwi friends Paipo and Tama. I think your more like Big band, specifically the song Woodchoppers Ball, or perhaps a LOG superstar.

"People don' know what all it takes tah be a log supahstah." -Cypress Hillbilliez

The Moai may be in s*#t wood but your making some sweet lemonade outta that log lemon!

-Snizzle Tizzle
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10365
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2007-02-13 2:54 pm   Permalink

Yhis is a Super looking Moai. You Might be able to save him with a can or 2 of MinWax's "Wood Hardener" (No jokes!!). Saturate the soft wood thoroughly and let it dry and then carve away. Don't abandon this fine friend!
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mieko
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Joined: May 01, 2006
Posts: 532
From: San Diego
Posted: 2007-02-13 3:05 pm   Permalink

Nice Dave! One thing about a Moai - I've always liked seeing them with a very "aged" look to them. He looks really good already. You should think about leaving him all rough and rotted. (I know that'll be hard for you!)

 
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Mr. Dale
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Joined: Jan 26, 2004
Posts: 300
From: a garage somewhere in Arvada, Colorado
Posted: 2007-02-13 4:25 pm   Permalink

I say it all the time but this time I mean it. I gotta ck. in more often than I do......this thread is incredible. Great work.

 
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Bowana
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Joined: Nov 10, 2006
Posts: 1170
From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2007-02-23 9:10 pm   Permalink



Well, here it is! I was able to salvage that horrible hunk O' rotten palm wood and make a decent carving out of it..............

..............and if you believe that, I've got a very nice bridge I'd like to sell you also.

Yes, I am a liar (duh). This is a Moai I created in a 3D program called FreeForm. I forgot I had this shot of it until I got an email from pdrake about another 3D program called Moi.

I know what some of you are thinking. Good Lord, the computer is going to put the wood carver (among other artists) out of work! I disagree. The computer is simply another tool that is only as good as it's operator. Take advantage of it! Wood carving will always be here.

Benella: Merci! Thank you for stopping by.

Tama "Ladykiller" Poutini: Thanks for your comments. I'll have a hot babe post her picture on my thread too some day. I gotta start making some jewelry.

Sneakytiki: I wanna hear some Cypress Hillbilliez! They're probably a real hoot.

Benz: Thanks for the tip on the "Wood Hardener". Sounds like it's got more than one use. I was not able to locate any though. I ended up leaving the piece rough.

Mieko: Your suggestion of leaving the carving rough for an aged look validated the way I ended up leaving it, so thanks for that. Yes, I can now make something without getting out the calipers and making sure it's absolutely perfect!

Mr. Dale: Thanks for visiting! Your comments are appreciated.

.........soooo, why did I not post any pictures of the rotting badwood Moai that I've been going on and on about? I just could not get a shot of it that I was happy with. It's not that much different from the last picture I posted of it anyways. Oh well, can't win 'em all.


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Bowana
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Joined: Nov 10, 2006
Posts: 1170
From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2007-03-04 10:57 am   Permalink

In a mood for Moai!

I finally started carving one of the AAC (aerated autoclaved concrete) blocks, or as our Aussie friends call it, Hebel. These are 24"X10"X8" lightweight concrete blocks that are very soft and easy to carve. At the risk of repeating too much info that is already on TC, I would like to refer anyone interested in this material to Aaron's Akua's thread
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=10451&forum=7&vpost=143993
This is where I learned about how to work with it. Anything Aaron says about it on this thread is pretty good advice. Thanks for that, AA!



Here it is with a few very basic cuts for the profile. I used a regular carpenter's saw for this.



Here's after a few more cuts, plus some sureform work.





I found it useful to save some of the scraps that were being cut off and use them to prop the carving up while working on it, so don't throw them all away!



These are some of the tools I used. As you can see, there's nothing too fancy. Carpenter's saw, a square, scratch awl, rasp, some Sureforn type "cheese-graters". and my famous riffler.

I found that when working with AAC, it worked best for me to draw the profile on the block and saw away what was not needed, taking extra care to make sure I was cutting squarely. I drew a lot of lines on all sides of the block to use as reference.

Be warned though that this stuff is messy and the dust gets absolutely everywhere! A respirator or dust mask is in order!
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Bowana
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Joined: Nov 10, 2006
Posts: 1170
From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2007-04-15 3:51 pm   Permalink

Here's some progress shots of the AAC Moai.



It's really nice stuff to carve. Lots of possibilities for clean and straight lines. It's messy though!

Here's another piece I've been working on. It's a 32" palm log I got from Buzzy a while back.



The symmetry on the eyes/headdress was really hard to get. Lots of measuring and remeasuring. This log has a real funny smell to it too. Think I'll call this guy Stinky...



......either that or Booger.

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Sneakytiki
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Joined: Mar 31, 2003
Posts: 1795
From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2007-04-15 4:18 pm   Permalink

I love that Moai! Great use of concrete. There is a 6'6" tall, 2' deep by 2' wide piece of white plaster of paris or something down in my basement that the last owner started carving and left. It weighs a few hundred lbs and I have a trap door/ ladder down to the basement. I want to cut it into moveable sizes and get it out of there. Maybe I can carve on it?

 
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