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Tiki Central Forums Creating Tiki Tiki Carving Claq50 Two carves Finished. 04/21/11
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Claq50 Two carves Finished. 04/21/11
claq50
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From: West Palm Beach, Florida
Posted: 2009-08-21 7:08 pm   Permalink

Decided to finally start my tikibar for my backyard. After working on my dads bar, i came up with a few ideas. But first things first, i needed a tiki go to watch over the work. I found a peice of coconut palm truck and decided to take a try at it. HEre are a few pics of the work.
The wood was wet at first

A little more detail

Carving Done. I got a few finishing touches to do, but all in all i think pretty good for my first attempt.

Cant wait to start the next. I found out that coconut wood seems to splinter very easy when carving and is very hard to do any fine detail work to it. Any recomendations for what wood i should look for.






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laojia
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From: Metz Lorraine France
Posted: 2009-08-21 11:14 pm   Permalink

"but all in all i think pretty good for my first attempt."

Sure! well done and welcome aboard! I'm not qualified for advise on palm wood but I'm sure you don't miss of that here...

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Posted: 2009-08-22 04:50 am   Permalink

Cocoa nut palm can vary so much, I stay away from it. If you give your location other members will be able to tell you what might be more available in your area. I'm guessing FL, so try getting your hands on Sable or Cabbage palms, probably more common.
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claq50
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Posted: 2009-08-23 06:42 am   Permalink

Yeah, Im in Florida. Ive heard that sabel is a better wood, however, coconut was the wood i had at the time. After doing some sanding, it came out alot better. The wood seemed to get easier to carve as its been drying. After doing some reading, i think im gonna let the other two logs sit for a month and dry before I start on them.

 
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Posted: 2009-08-23 2:48 pm   Permalink


Nice work claq!Cheers Watango



 
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Posted: 2009-08-23 4:56 pm   Permalink

Looks good. don't know about Coconut but since this is your first, perhaps you can master coconut more with your next attempt? For me, I've just been carving whatever is laying around.



 
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claq50
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Posted: 2009-09-01 09:29 am   Permalink

Well I started work on a second tiki. Using Coconut palm again, ill see how it goes this time. Posting pics soon.

 
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Posted: 2009-09-01 10:11 am   Permalink

today...i start to carve my first tiki object...i have an idea that may be new...or it may be a disaster...

 
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claq50
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Posted: 2009-09-02 7:22 pm   Permalink

Here are some of the latest pics. So far just some ruff cuts, gonna do the detail and sanding after. Ran into some soft spots on the log, had to actually wood glue one peice back into his mouth(sucks).

Striping the bark


Work on the mouth


Side Veiw



Thought i would add this pic in here to, its of a mask that my dad picked up for me in guatamuala. Its hand carved, alot of good detail work




 
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Posted: 2009-09-02 7:32 pm   Permalink

Some classic looking first tiki there.
The guatamuala work is really cool.


 
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claq50
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Posted: 2009-09-19 6:51 pm   Permalink

Been busy latly, but finally got around to working on the second tiki a little more. Still need to do a bit more sanding and more detail in the carving, but so far so good. Right now im working with only one chisel, its a 1/2 flat chisel. I think im gonna need to buy a good set. What would you all recommend as a good starting set?




 
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Posted: 2009-09-21 07:01 am   Permalink

I'm fairly new to TC but I asked the same question you did about purchasing chisels awhile back. Let me tell you, you get what you pay for. I first bought a set off Ebay - thought I was getting the deal of a lifetime. 18 chisels, sharpening stones, and some accessories for like $30. They suck. I've heard time and time again that Flexcut, although pricey, is the way to go. I bought two sets of Flexcuts, the starter set and the large Mallet set. They are so sharp I cringe at the thought of one falling off my bench onto my foot. But the thought of chipping one is even worse.

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Posted: 2009-09-21 07:50 am   Permalink

Your 2nd tiki is looking Excellent claq, and the coconut seems fine. Some Coconut can be very Hard and great to carve and some rots away before you can touch it. It must have something to do with the variety of the coconut palm as there are Many and also how it was cured. Always expect a good carving log with coconut but always look into the log as much as possible before oing too far.
Keep up the good work and again Welcome to TC
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claq50
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Posted: 2009-09-21 3:48 pm   Permalink

Thanks. The first attempt was pretty much on a fly, not really much planning went into it. The second one i took a little more time and thought about the cuts before i made them. Thanks also for the info on the chisels. I want to make about 6-8 tikis for my patio/backyard. Its gonna be a long process but i think the end results will be worth it.

 
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claq50
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Posted: 2009-09-21 3:49 pm   Permalink

I also noticed that letting this log dry for about a month seemed to make it much easier to cut. I have another three logs drying out right now, hopefully they cut just as easily.

 
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