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my first palm tiki - finally dried
Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-01-28 10:56 am   Permalink

I can see you going deeper and deeper with every feature that needs to pop out a bit more. That is one Hard piece of wood and you Definitely have it under control. He's looking Excellent.
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TheBigT
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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
Posts: 1248
From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-01-28 5:52 pm   Permalink

Thanks Ben! Even this isn't quite as deep as need for the circles around the eyes, but I think I'll stop there and try to go deeper on the next one.

 
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buzzard
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Joined: Jan 26, 2008
Posts: 237
From: whetstone,az
Posted: 2009-01-28 6:37 pm   Permalink

big t this guy looks cool!
dont worry about the cracks,once you stain him
it will look like a vintage tiki


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-02-02 2:21 pm   Permalink

buzzard: Thanks for the comps! There's a giant crack in each side of this thing that I was worried about. A couple of weeks ago I heard this wood splitting sound after making a cut. I thought the whole thing was gonna fall apart into kindling!

 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-02-25 12:16 pm   Permalink

Hey everyone! Finally got this one almost done. Stain is on, just needs to be finished. Like a dummy, I didn't take any pics just before I put the stain on Saturday night. I was hurrying to get it stained so I could finish it on Sunday and of course it still wasn't dry Sunday!

The photos are taken inside so they're kinda crappy.













 
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Queen Kamehameha
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Joined: Oct 21, 2003
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From: So Cal
Posted: 2009-02-25 12:18 pm   Permalink

very cool!

 
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big daddy
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Joined: Oct 02, 2008
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From: houston
Posted: 2009-02-25 12:23 pm   Permalink

t, like i said before, really cool. love all the cracks. he's very peaceful or drunk, either way very cool.

bd


 
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benella
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Joined: Sep 27, 2006
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From: Meudon, France
Posted: 2009-02-25 1:43 pm   Permalink

EXCELLENT !

 
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2009-02-25 2:59 pm   Permalink

Nice! Love the color looks like maple or walnut?

 
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kountzyro
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Joined: Jul 02, 2008
Posts: 49
From: Brooklyn, NY
Posted: 2009-02-25 3:37 pm   Permalink

Nice looking piece of wood that really complements your carved geometry. I like the interplay between the wavy wood grain and your simple and stark line work on the face. And I really like the scalloping designs on the back.

Cheers!


 
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drasticwagon
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Joined: Dec 27, 2008
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From: DFW , Texas
Posted: 2009-02-25 4:13 pm   Permalink

Awesome

 
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Aweulekuula
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Joined: Feb 11, 2009
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Posted: 2009-02-25 6:37 pm   Permalink

This tiki doesn't look like a decorative item, it looks like a real, functional temple image. It reminds me a bit of some of the melanesian door jambs in the men's houses. The cracks and natural shading of the stained wood give it a wonderful sense of being "the real thing".

Aloha!

Marcus


 
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TheBigT
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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-02-25 7:36 pm   Permalink

Thanks so much for the kinds words everyone, gino, queenK, benella, drasticW.

seeks: Great guess. Damn you're good! It's Sweetgum, stained with 3 parts black walnut, 2 parts golden oak, and 1 part red mahogany.

kountzyro: thanks so much for the comps. All that stuff u mentioned was mostly luck!

Marcus: much appreciated. The inspiration for this comes from the pic below, which is a New Guinea, middle Sepik River, shield. And a huge tip of the hat to bigbro and Tiki Modern.



This shield made a trip from the Museum of Primitive Art in New York to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston for a one month exhibition in 1959. The photo is from that exhibition.


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laojia
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Joined: Feb 04, 2009
Posts: 938
From: Metz Lorraine France
Posted: 2009-02-25 11:52 pm   Permalink

Under penalty of rehearsal, I said nice, very nice, the crack and the expression gives charm.The all around carving makes very complete...
In other post was said full of right things, you can be proud of your work Big Big T!!!


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-05-20 12:41 pm   Permalink

Well, I guess it's time to sweep off the dust and cobwebs on this thread once again! Here's a new one I started last month. This is about a 5 1/2' piece of loblolly pine. It's from one of the neighbor's trees knocked down in Hurricane Ike. I have a couple like this from my own trees waiting in line.

This pic at the bottom is the neighbor's house where the log came from, though not one of the trees pictured.















 
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