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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2017-11-14 10:14 am   Permalink

Looks like you've been busy--great job with the big moai. Nice n Clean!

 
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TheBigT
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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
Posts: 1685
From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2018-06-22 11:21 am   Permalink

Once again playing catch up! Here's all the junk I made so far this year...

Jan. It snowed here just enough to scoop up some snow and make a, wait for it.... Snowai !!



Feb. Started garden cleanup. What else do you do with a Sago Palm you cut down? Tiki practice! Man this stuff carves easy. Too bad it eventually shrivels away to nothing. Send me all your sago palms, Im gonna start a new line of Temporary Tikis!!




March. Bamboo On the Bayou 2017 got delayed to March 2018. So started getting ready. Did a new bunch of Bouai's.




A couple of random necklaces that I never finished...



Took some fish cutouts that I did last year and mounted/framed them. The cloth backings are made from old hawaiian shirts.




Made a new mask from half a pine log.





Made another bactch of resin necklaces:




My booth at Bamboo On the Bayou #2...




April. Made this tiki bob necklace out of a piece of Plumeria branch. We lost the whole plumeria tree in the freeze this winter.




May: finished this commission for Lei Low bar in Houston.




Here is the panel being installed this week:



Then I started playing around with this florist foam stuff from Hobby Lobby. It's fairly challenging to keep it from disintegrating while carving it!



June. Started this square ku based on the litte foam guy.



Found a new use for wine corks...



Started a muddler:




There's never enough time to do all the carving you want to do, is there?


 
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Will carve
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Joined: Apr 06, 2011
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From: Ft. Lauderdale Fl.
Posted: 2018-06-22 1:25 pm   Permalink

Nope,
never enough time.

Ton of stuff there.
You used your time well.


 
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hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
Posts: 4075
From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2018-06-22 3:40 pm   Permalink

Love that Lei Low bar panel.

 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 8123
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2018-06-24 07:35 am   Permalink

And catch up you did
Busy busy

The eyes on the mask are perfect
Love the plumeria piece: RIP
Muddler: sweet

Great stuff here

Cheers
Jon


 
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cy
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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
Posts: 1534
From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2018-06-24 09:00 am   Permalink

Great new works BT, really like the use of new materials!

 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2018-07-01 11:47 am   Permalink

Thanks all. Still haven't finished those last couple of things, but did get to take a short road trip for a few days and do some tiki treasure hunting!

 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 27 days ago; 7:33 pm   Permalink

Sure sucks how fast this summer seemed to fly by! It hasn't been a very productive one. I had a few done a few practice panels for the Lei Low bar early in the summer. This one was the first one. I cleaned it up and threw some stain on it. Came out better than I expected.



Every once in a while I knock a few chips of this log. Been working on this Ku off and on for a few years now.




But the fact that its ready for final sanding can't be denied much longer!



I recently finished this trio of Moai pendants. A friend of mind requested a Maoi pendant as an anniversary gift and it eventually turned into three pendants.




These are made out of a Poplar dowel from Home Depot. Cuts real nice like a soft wood, but boy does it stain ugly.
A couple coats of shellec evened out the color pretty good, but I didn't get a pic of the finished pendants.



After seeing what happened to the first two, this one got a wash coat of blonde shellac before the stain.



Then it was off to Fort Lauderdale, my first trip to the Mai Kai, and finally meeting a couple of famous TC'ers... more to come later!


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 26 days ago; 06:15 am   Permalink

Summer Update PART II

I totally forgot - before we left I made a mold of the moai pendant and cast a few copies for some future necklaces.



Then off to Fort Lauderdale where it was my pleasure to finally meet AlohaStation and Will Carve!!!! I actually remember this carving Will did for the Tiki-Cay home bar. Never thought I would see it in person - super cool!



Talking shop.



Tom and I got nothin on Will.



Was totally stoked to hang at Will's house and see some of his work up close. Anybody recognize this new carving??



The master at work. The little tiny person in the back is me.



Will is a lot more devious than he looks. While we were there, he hatched a plan for me to do a little palm frond carving so I couldn't steal any of his trade secrets while he worked on the big moai.



It also freed him up to spend more time yucking it up with my wife. I'll admit she's cuter, but geez.



I had decided that the palm frond wouldn't fit in my suitcase and I would have to leave it behind. I suggested that Will do a little work on it, and then Tom do some. This palm frond by the three us (mostly those two guys) thus making it The Most Valuable Palm Frond In The World



Then Tom shows up with - palm fronds!! One of which he had already started a marq!! No way I was leaving that one with Will. It just *barely* fit in my suitcase. I worried about TSA finding it and thinking I might try to club someone to death with it. But I made it through security, no questions asked. They must see some strange stuff.



Will & Tom - Mahalo!!! Meeting you guys was the highlight of the trip. I picked up some great tips from both you guys.


 
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Will carve
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From: Ft. Lauderdale Fl.
Posted: 26 days ago; 1:51 pm   Permalink

It's all true.
Go away slowly &
come back quickly.


 
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cy
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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
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From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 26 days ago; 3:47 pm   Permalink

Nice update BT!

 
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hang10tiki
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 23 days ago; 11:09 am   Permalink

Awesome

 
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TheBigT
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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 10 days ago; 06:50 am   Permalink

Will, Cy, Hang10 - many thanks!!

Finally ready to stain this guy:





Also playing with some more foam carvings. The plan is to pick a couple of these, make a wood version and then to cast some pendants.



 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 10 days ago; 07:35 am   Permalink

WoW! The big one looks great! Cool foam too

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
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From: So FL
Posted: 5 days ago; 10:32 am   Permalink

That big guy looks great!
With regards to the "most valuable tiki ever"...


I finished my part - I carved the body and cleaned up a few of your cuts. It is going to Will's tonight so that he can finish carving it.


 
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