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Tiki Lee's Carving Post: 1st carving since '09!?
Cammo
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Posted: 2008-07-20 05:03 am   Permalink

Leester -

There are lots of places you can pick up cedar here in San Diego. Git some 2x12s while you're in town! Can't go wrong - it's cheap as a morning bike ride.

And remind me to show you around a few local classic antique shops if you have the time.


 
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Tiki Lee's
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Posted: 2008-07-22 11:30 pm   Permalink

So here's the finished carving of the last drawing on the board in the post above. Now that I know how to get softer cuts, and am using Howard's Beeswax, I'm alot happier with the results.



It's about 2' tall, and 12" across; rock-hard Doug Fir again.

Which reminds me, I actually found a 2" x 8" x 8' REDWOOD Board today, so I FINALLY get to try out this softer wood in a format larger than a dang fence plank! Yipee!

I'll be back soon!

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Posted: 2008-07-23 3:22 pm   Permalink

Looking good Tiki Lee, have fun with the redwood.

 
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Tiki Lee's
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Posted: 2008-08-05 2:48 pm   Permalink

O.K.- so the redwood ain't as soft and easy as I had thought. BUT, it was much easier to burn. The doug fir takes a long l-o-n-g time to get the desired effect, and redwood bubbles up "like that".

So here's what I've been toying with these past weeks...



each one is about 1' to 1 1/2' tall.

I've also been making pendant-sized pieces to sell at T.O. 8. Each one is different, but they all kinda look like this:


I just have to decide how to thread 'em. A hook-eye in the top, or a dangerous drilling expidition thru the core? I don't have a drill press, so I'm afraid that I might wreck a bunch with a wobbly drill hand thru fragile charred wood.

I'll be back soon with more!



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Posted: 2008-08-05 4:53 pm   Permalink

Nice work! Sounds like you are having fun experimenting
with the wood and technique.
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TikiTres
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Posted: 2008-08-05 7:49 pm   Permalink

Lee, I just started delving into trying to work wood into a Witco look as well, but you're obviously way ahead of me, these look fantastic! I've been playing with cedar the last couple of weeks and today tried calling around for redwood (ironic now that I've read this thread and see that I'm basically following a few steps behind you). I found a couple of places that stock 2x8's, but won't sell to the public. One told me I could get Lowe's to order it from them for me, so I'm going to pursue that. Anyway, very impressive work you're doing!

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TikiTres
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Posted: 2008-08-05 7:52 pm   Permalink

By the way, are you carving with a chainsaw? I tried it but just can't control it like I want. I finally switched to making the main cuts with a router and then deepening and shaping the cuts with assorted sanding & carving bits chucked up in a moto-tool.

 
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Austin_Tiki
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Posted: 2008-08-08 07:21 am   Permalink

Nice work, Lee!

 
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surfintiki
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Posted: 2008-08-08 08:33 am   Permalink

Killer! Look great. They look like little chocolates! Hmmmm, THERE's an idea! Tiki chocolates.

 
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hodadhank
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Posted: 2008-08-27 12:50 am   Permalink

I think your new redwood stuff is bitchin' Lee!

Hey, anybody in San Diego wanting to take a closer look at some of Lee's cool work, stop by Freaky Boutiki & tell 'em Hodaddy sent ya to recieve an Ohana discount card reusable till global warming submerges our store!


 
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Tiki Lee's
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Posted: 2009-04-16 01:35 am   Permalink

Aloha Gang!

I finally got around to actually carving something these past weeks. Fighting foreclosure is a Royal Bitch and I don't recommend it to anyone because it messes up Everything in your life. Anyway, it's been almost a year since I carved something and I finally got the chance to get back to it. Can you say "RUSTY?" Man, I've forgotten a whole lot. I have to get back to Palm Logs before I forget everything I've been taught.

Anyway, here it is:



It's about 36" tall by 12" wide in Redwood. I made it for my folks' patio. They have a small orchard of Orange Trees, so my Wife Gloria suggested I make this guy holding an Orange. And there you have it... Not too bad, but not as good as I wanted it to be, either. Gotta keep practicing without the dag-gone long down-time in between!

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4WDtiki
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Posted: 2009-04-16 06:08 am   Permalink

Nice, Lee, I like it! Good to see you back!

 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2009-04-16 07:52 am   Permalink

move over WITCO!
Nice job Lee!
Happy to see you
whipping up a creative frenzy
after a long break....

YAY!
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Posted: 2009-04-16 08:10 am   Permalink

Real nice Lee! I guess you don't have to toss your stuff on the campfire
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big daddy
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From: houston
Posted: 2009-04-16 09:30 am   Permalink

nice stuff lee. love all the designs you use, gotta agree with little lost tiki. did you ever find the cedar or redwood planks? you might try glueing a few pieces together to get your desired width. just a thought.

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