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4WDtiki
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2011-08-03 7:34 pm   Permalink

Whoa, I figured you were just going to cover the steel frame with bamboo. You got my attention now!

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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-08-04 02:17 am   Permalink

nah...only using the metal parts that are necessary. That bamboo is thick & already heat treated. I just need to go to Lowe's & get a drill bit to bore them out enough to sleeve the little frame "nubs" that I left on the crank hub, head tub, etc. (about 2 to 3 inches all around). I figure I'll use some metal hose clamps to keep the sleeved areas reenforced until I can get some carbon fiber or some other binding to wrap the joints. I just want to make it functional & then go from there as far as shaving more metal off of it (like ditching the hose clamps, and then looking at other parts of the bike that I could convert to bamboo as well - seat post? forks? etc.). Once I have it perfected I may cut up a nicer bike to do something a little more "aesthetically pleasing". This one's a prototype so I'm not all that worried about how pretty it is. I just want to see it work.

Here's everything I'm NOT using....



 
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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-08-05 08:30 am   Permalink

awe damn! this is gona be good...staying tuned.

 
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amate
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Posted: 2011-08-06 08:50 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-07-31 16:20, pjc5150 wrote:






Now that is cool. Love it!!!!


 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-08-07 08:22 am   Permalink

^ thanks bro. I'm pretty stoked on the shark!

Here's a mask I made yesterday. Still need to sand it & rub some poly on it.



So I haven't really been drinking a lot lately (a change I made several months ago), but yesterday I went to a buddy's house who makes home-brewed beer, drank a bunch of it, and went out to work on tikis buzzed and with no gloves. Needless to say, I felt pretty dumb this morning when I woke up looking like I'd spent the evening thumb-wrestling with a barbed-wire fence. Off to Lowes for some new gloves. Gawd...


 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-08-07 12:45 pm   Permalink

A little mask I've been working on today.




 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-08-07 3:47 pm   Permalink

Finished these two.





Now back out to the wood pile for a new piece!


 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-08-11 2:45 pm   Permalink

What I'm working on today.

Cedar masks have been my recent obsession...




 
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BigDaddy772
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Joined: Jul 31, 2010
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From: Tres Moai Bar in Vero Beach FL
Posted: 2011-08-11 3:42 pm   Permalink

I just found your thread and DAMN!!!.....Bad ass work over the past two years.

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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-08-11 7:22 pm   Permalink

That's a really nice compliment. Thank you brother.

Here's the mask I just finished...





 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-08-11 8:26 pm   Permalink

It's 11:20pm, and I'm sitting here drawing out tomorrow's stuff & watching UFO FILES (ANCIENT ALIENS just ended). Today I got a really nice DeWalt grinder, some dremel bits, all kinds of sandpaper, some new gloves, and a new can of rub-on-poly (this time I got the right kind - thanks Will). I am seriously going after it tomorrow. Now all I need to do is go get my chisels sharpened up & I'll be golden.




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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-08-12 08:51 am   Permalink

Those masks are looking fantastic and the wood adds so much flavor...really liking the cedar. Are you using the whole array of tools on those? Meaning chisels, grinder, etc...

 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-08-12 3:23 pm   Permalink

yeah, pretty much using all of them, but it reeeally likes the angle grinder.

I got sidetracked from the tikis today. My roommate asked me to give his fiance's bike some love today.

54 Hiawatha Strato-Liner with "the treatment" (fat franks, apes, & a new seat, and stripped all the clunky fenders and brackets off). About to go drop it on her at the bar. She'll be stoked.





 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-08-13 11:25 am   Permalink

tiki fail...

That's that last time I try to put a chisel to any hardwoods. Every time this happens. I'm OK at chiseling palm, but I can't seem to go 5 minutes on hardwood without something cracking and breaking off. I don't know how some of you guys do it. Maybe I'm just too heavy handed. I'm much better with power tools. Back in the old days I probably wouldn't have been the village tiki carver...I would have been a fisherman or something, because there were no angle grinders & chainsaws back then. I've always told people "I'm not really an artist, I'm just really resourceful when I want to figure out how to do something"...

And now I'm feeling burned out.




 
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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-08-13 2:22 pm   Permalink

DUUUUUDE that sucks! Looks like it may still be salvageable though. Your crankin out some real pieces with that cedar...

 
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