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MauiTiki's Attempt to carve a Tiki
gordon58
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Posted: 2007-07-17 12:41 pm   Permalink

Not a pro. Not a carver at all. But I do think you are getting the hang of it and it looks great!!!!!

 
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ootwoods
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Posted: 2007-07-17 1:20 pm   Permalink

Unless you bought extremely high end chisels, they probably need to be sharpened "properly" before they will perform well.

Most things bought "for cheap" as it were, come with a finish that means some guy waved them across a high-speed grinding wheel to put a basic bevel on them.

That usually leaves a somewhat jagged (at the very small level) edge, which will not slice as cleanly as a finished edge.

you want to use a fairly fine whet stone or diamond hone to refine the edge (follow the bevel that is already there, until you get an extremely fine, bright, even edge) and then a strop or something to remove the wire edge that forms on the opposite side (which you can usually feel with the tip of your fingernail).

After that, they should cut really nicely. Occasionally, touch them up with an ultrafine stone or a strop (you can find nice power-strops out there.. basically a revolving soft leather wheel that you put rouge on) to keep them at top sharpness.

I learned that valuable lesson with wood-turning tools. They come "edged" but certainly not "sharp".

Even my Marples Blue-Chip Chisels required a finish honing when I got them home.


 
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Savage Daddy
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Posted: 2007-07-17 1:53 pm   Permalink

It looks to me like you're doing great for your first tiki. Just keep going. I'm looking forward to seeing this one finished..

 
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MauiTiki
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From: A rock in the middle of the Ocean
Posted: 2007-07-18 10:23 am   Permalink

Using the grinder more to get the carves deeper, but still chiseling the smaller areas. I think I'm going to keep the back just the bark. I didn't plan far enough ahead to carve it full 360 degrees.





Working on the hands and legs...





I've got to get his nose some detail and get his feet started. More photos coming soon!
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Benzart
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Posted: 2007-07-20 05:06 am   Permalink

Lookin Good MT, I LOVE how you (Properly) have the hands on the thighs. That looks so good. The rest is following along too.
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tikifreak1
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Posted: 2007-07-20 05:12 am   Permalink

WOW, that looks awesome!!! Looking good man!

 
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MauiTiki
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Posted: 2007-07-20 11:46 am   Permalink

Thanks! I've gotten a little further along. I'll have more photos for you this weekend.


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MauiTiki
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From: A rock in the middle of the Ocean
Posted: 2008-01-10 11:31 am   Permalink

Sorry for not keeping up with the photos, but I've finished my first (and second) Tiki.

Here are some photos...


The little one I did in about 15 minutes with just the grinder... Super soft palm wood.




Since I took these photos in the garage where the stain on the big one is still drying, I'm certain some of you'll be asking to see the car behind them.

This is my 1971 Camaro, I've had for the past 25 years.



I just got two more Mexican Fan Palm logs from my neighbor that are easily twice the size of my first one, so I'm looking forward to getting started on my next TIKI!




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TheBigT
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Posted: 2008-01-10 12:08 pm   Permalink

Wow, first tiki!? Good grief that rocks! You got really nice depth on that and finished it up really nice as well.

Oh yeah, nice car too... damn you.


 
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Traderbob
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Posted: 2008-01-10 2:11 pm   Permalink

Wow !

If that's your first attempt I can't wait to see more. Keep it up !


 
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seeksurf
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Posted: 2008-01-10 5:16 pm   Permalink

Very Nice carve. crisp and clean lines nice job!
Now get some glue and put him on the hood
of the car:) That would turn some heads in the neighborhood.
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pappythesailor
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Posted: 2008-01-10 6:10 pm   Permalink

Nice tiki carvin'!

 
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MauiTiki
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From: A rock in the middle of the Ocean
Posted: 2008-01-10 6:38 pm   Permalink


Thanks for all the positive feedback!

Seeksurf - The car turns enough heads with out a Tiki attached to the hood.

Aloha!


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Tahitiki
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Posted: 2008-01-10 8:07 pm   Permalink

Excellent Tiki, love it.

 
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MBL
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From: Tampa FLA
Posted: 2008-01-18 10:09 am   Permalink

Dude!?!? Way COOL! I might do one like this.
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