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Basement Kahuna -New Maori Bone Pendant 3/04
FLOUNDERart
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Posted: 2004-01-13 5:56 pm   Permalink

BK, What kind of wood can you use to do relief carving like the Maori meeting house carving? Can I go to Home Depot and grab a board or do I need special wood?
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Benzart
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Posted: 2004-01-13 7:13 pm   Permalink

You don't need special wood, just good wood.I used to get White Pine and Mahogany boards in the 4'X16"X10 to 12 ft from a Local Wood supplier/Wholsaler. You usually need to buy a minimum number of board feet, but you will find the wood ends up being Cheaper than the Construction grade from Home Depot.There is not much better carving wood than Mahogany.I'm not sure exactly where you are, but there has to be cabinet makers shops there and THEY will know where to get Good wood. Wood from these places will be kiln dried and Stable. Hope this helps and please Ask anything.

 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2004-01-13 9:00 pm   Permalink

...What he said!

 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2004-01-13 9:08 pm   Permalink

I am lucky to have a good local yokel sawmill, so I didn't really count to answer that question (kind of like I'm cheating, but hey, it's there!)that's where I get all of that pretty black walnut and cherry. The hack-job first flat Maori panel I did (one of my earlier attempts)was cherry, and actually the nicer bigger one is poplar that I put a pre-stain on after completion and it made the finish a nice color and quite old looking (my goal always). Poplar is pretty much the mockingbird of woods, it can imitate anything. Sawmill lumber has to be dried laying flat or wide boards will want to 'cuff", or warp. But if you can find one in your backyard with old-growth hardwoods, then by all means! All in all you are better off ordering it like master Ben said. You get no unpleasant surprises that way.

 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2004-01-14 05:15 am   Permalink

I've never considered myself a Master. Most of my carvings were not very good at all.The ones that turned out great were not my doing, some I don't even remember doing..???
Any way you know enough to be a Master your self and your work agrees with that.
One thing that happens when you start carving Full time for a living is that customers will look at a piece and want it for much less money so you say OK, I can carve you one for the $ you want, but it will not have the level of detail or use the Fancy wood as this one. The result is you become a carver whore producing cheap crap. You need to do this to a certain extent but don't get dragged down by it.
So, there is a use for the Home Depot wood after all heh,heh..


 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2004-01-28 8:07 pm   Permalink

Here is a sign I did for the Mai Kai's Christmas present...The "wasting", or outlining was done with a small Makita router. Then the textures, the flowers, and the detailing done by hand with various chisels. How about the Mai Kai sarong-clad serving girl with my Akatara! A little bit of heaven holding a little bit of hell!

[ This Message was edited by: Basement Kahuna on 2004-01-28 20:14 ]

[ This Message was edited by: Basement Kahuna 2006-08-19 22:40 ]


 
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Chongolio
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Posted: 2004-01-28 8:45 pm   Permalink

B Kahuna, Nice job as usual. Paint is a new twist for you isn't it. The wahine with the pig sticker is a classic shot too.
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Posted: 2004-01-28 9:01 pm   Permalink

Yeowch!

 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2004-01-28 10:13 pm   Permalink

Is it that bad?

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Posted: 2004-01-28 10:59 pm   Permalink

Come on now BK? You know me better than that. I am NO HATER! Das GOOD !

 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2004-01-28 11:49 pm   Permalink

I knew you meant the girl....

 
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Posted: 2004-01-29 03:19 am   Permalink

I think it was Bobbit association.


 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2004-01-29 07:30 am   Permalink

Wow, the girl;s got a Big Stick. BK your work is So precise and sharp, Really nice. Was that "Home Depot" wood?
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2004-01-29 10:30 am   Permalink

That's actually a 29-inch wide white pine board from the sawmill. If you asked them for a 1 1/2 x 29 at Home Depot they'd laugh at you or look at you like you're crazy!

 
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Posted: 2004-01-29 11:57 am   Permalink

Amazing work (as always). I'm continually impressed and inspired.

So are you a full-time carver or do you just spend most your free time doing it?


 
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