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My carving
Grand Poobah
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From: Reading, PA
Posted: 2010-08-17 12:22 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-08-14 08:26, amate wrote:

"Tetahi Mate" cottonwood 34 inches



This guy was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about this style. I will try another one soon and correct some of the mistakes I made.



Mistakes????? Send this awful mistake ridden piece to me and I will get rid of him for you! That is some serious detail.













 
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surfintiki
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Joined: Sep 30, 2004
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2010-08-17 5:33 pm   Permalink

Verrrrrrrry niiiiice! Yeah right...mistakes...NOT. That Sycamore looks great to carve.

 
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buzzard
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Joined: Jan 26, 2008
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From: whetstone,az
Posted: 2010-08-17 7:45 pm   Permalink

amate
you will never see them cut down,you have to smile and dial all the treecutters in your area
you are doing them a favor,no dump fees,but you have to keep in contact with them
best is bottom 15ft of 25footer


 
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Clarita
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From: BA Arg
Posted: 2010-09-06 4:09 pm   Permalink

wow "Tetahi Mate" looks perfect!

 
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amate
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Posted: 2010-09-21 12:35 pm   Permalink

Grand Poobah/Surfintiki- I guess I should say “things I will do differently next time” instead of “mistakes”
Clarita – still far from perfect and even though I am outclassed by the vast majority of artists on this site, I am happy with the progress I’ve made. These are just for personal consumption and I'll stay at it as long as it's fun.
The next four are pieces that have been sitting unfinished in the closet for a couple of years. It’s time to get them out of there. The last one is getting close but still is not finished.


































 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2010-09-21 1:38 pm   Permalink

Amate...I really like your carvings! Good to see that you are thinking outside
the box a bit, definitely "tiki" influence but not cookie cutter stuff.
I love it!


 
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laojia
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From: Metz Lorraine France
Posted: 2010-09-21 9:53 pm   Permalink

Impressive work Amate! Really! Your style is really in the personal expression of faces.
The legs and arms tatoo is wonferfull! Post a close up please!


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tikigodz
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Posted: 2010-09-22 6:00 pm   Permalink

talk about some progress Lookin good !!

 
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amate
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Posted: 2010-09-26 11:30 am   Permalink

Congatiki - I can't take credit for too much "thinking" either inside or outside the box. I'm not very good at planning these things so they just seem to evolve as I go. Even though I try to keep things tiki, I have a lot of other influences creeping in.

Jerome - here are some closeups though not really so wonderful. At first, I intended to burn these on but decided I needed to push my carving skills.

Thanks Tikigodz - Always appreciate the compliments.







 
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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2010-09-26 1:28 pm   Permalink

You are nailing these! Wonderful work.

JP


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2010-09-26 3:32 pm   Permalink

Superb stuff, Amate. Love the raised tattoos. Been thinking about doing something like that myself. Looks like a lot of work!



 
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amate
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Posted: 2010-10-02 09:03 am   Permalink

Thanks JohnnyP, I really appreciate it.
Big T. I'm trying to add more detail and stretch a bit. The raised tats were not that difficult. The hard part was deciding to try something you have never done before on an almost finished piece. I'm glad I went for it. Thanks for your encouragement.

Next up is a 6 ft tall PNG style ancestor figure. I believe I'm going to stop short on this one. I ran into some soft spots due to insects and I don't think it will hold the detail I intended. I got a quote of $65 to treat the log but I don't think the borers are still there. I'm waiting for a reply to my email to Texas A&M and will decide based on the response. At least it's not termites which would make me very uncomfortable. I think I can make it work as is with just a little more shaping. I'll probably paint on the eyes and then find a dark corner in amate's house tambaran for him to take up residence. I'll post more photos when I decide how to finish him up.




 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2010-10-02 2:32 pm   Permalink

Excellent work Amate and I'm Loving how you are trying new things and adding more detail. Also love how you are getting some personality into your faces.
If you know anyone with a large Freezer, stuff the guy in a plastic bag or 2 if it takes that and freeze him for a day or 2. Ant bugs inside will definitely be put away!
Another think is kerosene or diesel fuel,, though nasty to work with a good soaking will bring the borers out quickly..
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amate
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Posted: 2010-10-03 11:44 am   Permalink

Thanks much for your input and advice. The kerosene never occured to me and, other than the freezer, seems the cheapest way to go. Your experience and know-how are invaluable to a novice like myself.
Every day seems to be a new learning experience.


 
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amate
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Posted: 2010-10-03 11:49 am   Permalink

one more question.
Will the kerosene / diesel be an issue when I put a sealer on this? I'm going to have to do something to harden up the soft spots. Can you recomend anything that will stick to the kerosene and form a crust on the wood?


 
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