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4WDtiki - Bill's stuff. - WHOA, NOT a Marquesan!!
4WDtiki
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2007-02-24 6:33 pm   Permalink

Thanks, duddy!

Today's progress shot. I burned chiseled out some small nook and crannies that don't show up in the pic, then burned it with mapp gas, and sanded off to highlight.

I think I got a little heavy handed with the photo-edit color saturation!
Tomorrow, staining!


 
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4WDtiki
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2007-02-24 6:39 pm   Permalink

I did this tiki back in October. A guy cut down the palm in his yard, dug out the rootball, and I carved it on site. We 'planted' the tiki in almost the same spot where it grew. There's another 5 feet of trunk buried underground, encased by 27 90 lb bags of concrete! That baby ain't movin'!

I only just today went and took a pic of it. I'm on the right.




 
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Babalu
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Posted: 2007-02-24 6:47 pm   Permalink

Way cool stuff Bill!...I'm really looking forward to seeing some of your work face to face tomorrow. I'll give you a ring in the morning.
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2007-02-24 6:47 pm   Permalink

Amazing work indeed. Love the big guys and the stains look wonderful
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Benzart
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Posted: 2007-02-24 7:53 pm   Permalink

Excellent hairball tiki 4WD! I Really love the burn'n sand job you did with the detail highlighting, it came out just Perfect. That is not easy to get that nice of a burn. The Only thing I hated about the hairballs was the difficulty installing them. It always took a heard of people to Move the thing and stand it up in the hole. Excellent job, just take more pictures.
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Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2007-02-24 10:01 pm   Permalink

Nice work there 4WD. I like rootballs too.
For me, I never bury 'em, cuz rotting could be a problem, so I use a post hole digger and place at least 1 - 4" x 4" treated post in concrete. I then drill thru the post into the tiki and ratchet in 3 - 10" bolts (for each post) clear into the tiki. Then I use a stepping stone or any flat stone to keep the palmwood from touching the ground. For the one I did at Minnie's Restaurant I used 3 posts. The Monster weighed about 2 1/2 tons so I wasn't taking any chances of it falling on anyone.
I especially like that first burnt one on this page.


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4WDtiki
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Posted: 2007-02-26 05:40 am   Permalink

Thank you all!

JT, it was the owner's call on how to secure the tiki. I suggested your way, as it would have left it at full height. I don't think it will rot though, it's encased in concrete, not dirt.

Ben, this shows the effort involved in the raising of the tiki.

It reminds me a little of the Iwo Jima flag photo!



 
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Howland
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Posted: 2007-02-26 1:10 pm   Permalink

Man what a monsta! I gotta thing for those big rootball heads--just lik'em for some reason, and you've done a masters job at this one. Just went through your past stuff as well--VERY NICE!
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4WDtiki
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Posted: 2007-02-26 4:00 pm   Permalink

I started the next one today. I only hashed out the body, cuz I'm undecided on a face right now.

It's the first log I've stripped with my own drawknife. The log is ~5 feet, and it took maybe 15 minutes, as fast or faster than either my electric planer or my Log Wizard!


Total time to this point, about an hour. Tools used, chainsw, and 2" chisel and mallet.

Thanks, surf-n-turf, for the comps.


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Tiki Duddy
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Posted: 2007-02-26 4:52 pm   Permalink

oh thats a masterpiece waiting to form alright. cant wait to see what you pull off.
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hewey
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Posted: 2007-02-26 5:14 pm   Permalink

That little burnt guy looks great! The afro guy looks cool too
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mieko
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2007-02-27 12:04 am   Permalink

Wow Bill, I LOOOOVE how the headdress came out on this latest guy. I'm really starting to see some new directions that you're going, very cool.
I was looking though the pictures on my cell phone recently and found some pictures of your tikis that I took back in 2005. I'll see if I can post them.


 
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Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2007-02-27 06:58 am   Permalink

B,

Tight dude! It looks like you found a way to sharpen that draw knife. Your going to hack through your wood pile in no time.

I'm taking it that the lift is a rental? Need to get some metal and fab you a boom for all this big stuff you've got on the table.
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4WDtiki
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2007-02-27 8:02 pm   Permalink

Final pic of this guy, he's done. Four feet tall, 18 inch diameter.

Thanks, hewey. He IS small, compared to the others on this page!

Mieko, I'd love to see your 'spy' pics.

B, yep, rental lift. It was returned only a little tweaked. And, yeah, Clysdalle sharpened the knife for me. Props to him!


 
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Posted: 2007-02-27 8:18 pm   Permalink

No stain? Looks great

 
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