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TheBigT
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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2015-09-24 7:16 pm   Permalink

Whoa dang my topic is way, way behind. With summer just about done, time to bring this beast up to date!

I never posted this non-tiki work from last year - my first totem pole, done for a friend. It was carved on an old dead pine tree. Wings out of new planks.

Notching and installing the wings...





Finished! Hat's off to all you guys who carve tikis out of standing palms. That sheet's hard!





Unfinished paddle, posted previously, was finished in Feb.



Then put the finish on this Bumatay inspired guy in Apr.



In May, made this: the BaTiki! Actually, a cherry laurel limb shaved down to a bat shape. It's a moai standing on a birdman.





Finally found a real (used) wooden bat in June and made a 2nd batiki. This one's made out of a gen-u-wine Louisville Slugger. And it's my first commercial sale! Both of these were made for the Lei Low bar in Houston.





Gotta give credit where credit is due. The inventor (as far as I know) of the batiki and owner of Lei Low: Russell Theode. Don't tangle with a man in a bar carrying two bats!



As posted earlier by my friend and man of great patience, ProfG, completed this little guy in July and then didn't ship it until September. Doh!



Did some masks and mini-moais in August..









Some new stuff, including a t-ball sized batiki...





Last, but not least, a well-known character dropped by, bringing treasure with him. Here I am pointing to the man - our very own Amate with two of my newest and most prized possessions! Many thanks Allen!!




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Will carve
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Joined: Apr 06, 2011
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From: Ft. Lauderdale Fl.
Posted: 2015-09-25 04:03 am   Permalink

Good stuff.
That bat could double as a muddler.
So that's Amate.
I expected a young good looking guy.
[just kidding]


 
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2015-09-25 07:26 am   Permalink

Really nice update Big T! That carving for ProfG is gorgeous, he's fortunate to have it. And it's nice to see some human faces too

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
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From: So FL
Posted: 2015-09-25 08:17 am   Permalink

Love the bats. They are generally made from kiln-dried Ash (very hard). If you can carve that you can carve anything!

 
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cy
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From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2015-09-25 3:39 pm   Permalink

Fantastic new work BT, everything looks great!!

 
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hang10tiki
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2015-09-25 7:49 pm   Permalink

Outstanding

 
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amate
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Posted: 2015-09-27 05:56 am   Permalink

You're making some really nice stuff Roy. The photos don't do it justice. Enjoyed the visit!
Will - and that's exactly why I don't like photos!!! :


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2015-10-07 12:45 pm   Permalink

aloha, will, cy, conga, amate, hang10, thanks for the comps.

@will, hilarious! No worries, amate, you're a handsome critter in my book!


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2015-10-07 12:57 pm   Permalink

Finished the latest bat tiki. This one's made out of a t-ball bat.










 
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Will carve
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From: Ft. Lauderdale Fl.
Posted: 2015-10-07 2:08 pm   Permalink

Man that thing is crisp.
I like that.


 
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Tuga's Tikis
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Joined: Aug 27, 2015
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From: Lansing, Michigan
Posted: 2015-10-08 02:12 am   Permalink

love the bat carvings!

 
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RIOTURBAN
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Joined: Jul 03, 2012
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From: Germany
Posted: 2015-10-08 03:04 am   Permalink

Very nice, very nice and inspiring!

 
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hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2015-10-08 10:15 am   Permalink

Nice job on the t-ball bat.

 
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AlohaTexasTikiCo
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Joined: Dec 19, 2014
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From: Houston
Posted: 2015-10-11 07:12 am   Permalink

All your new stuff is killer! The new bat is super rad. LOVE Greg's piece. So clean...

 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2015-11-16 12:03 pm   Permalink

Thanks guys for the kind comments on the last post.

Last month I started working on a log that's been sitting around my house for several years now. Back in 2012, when our neighborhood literally became a lake, this big pine log floated out of my garage and landed on the side of the driveway near the house.



I took a chainsaw to it in 2013, but it sat outside for another year before i rolled it into the garage where it's been in my way every since.



I have it whittled down now so it's finally starting to look like something...





 
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