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Kailuageoff
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Posted: 2003-12-01 3:14 pm   Permalink

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Let me know what ya'll think.
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Nice tiki, dude, but I didn't think they used the term "ya'll" in Ohio. You been hangin' with those Cocoa Beach rednecks again?



 
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FLOUNDERart
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Posted: 2003-12-01 3:45 pm   Permalink

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Nice tiki, dude, but I didn't think they used the term "ya'll" in Ohio. You been hangin' with those Cocoa Beach rednecks again?



Geoff, how dares ya talk abuot me kinfolk likes dat. my unc says hes goin run ya'll down wit hims 4by4.




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SugarCaddyDaddy
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Posted: 2003-12-01 3:46 pm   Permalink

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FLOUNDERart wrote:
Sugar, I have the same Crazy Al. I didn't want to get all artist until I found out if I could carve at all, so I used it as a model to a point. Maybe the next one will be all me.



Oh yeah, it shows you can definitely do it! I'd love to see some of your paintings made into a wood carving. Keep us up to date!


 
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Slacks Ferret
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Posted: 2003-12-01 8:04 pm   Permalink

Wow Flounder!

That's an awesome first carve! Carving is something I wanna try soon, but now I'm even more intimidated...You Bastard!

Really nice work!

-Slacks


 
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FLOUNDERart
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Posted: 2003-12-02 10:04 am   Permalink

Question, my carving has a lot of wood that is stringy like, and some places it just chunked out, is because the wood wasn't ready to be carved or am I doing something wrong? Also do you sand a tiki to finish it or is this a no no? Dremel?
Please don't yell at me for the dremel question, I'm thinking thats probably a carving sin! How do you know when wood is ready to become a tiki?
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-12-02 10:36 am   Permalink

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On 2003-12-02 10:04, FLOUNDERart wrote:
Question, my carving has a lot of wood that is stringy like, and some places it just chunked out, is because the wood wasn't ready to be carved or am I doing something wrong? Also do you sand a tiki to finish it or is this a no no? Dremel?
Please don't yell at me for the dremel question, I'm thinking thats probably a carving sin! How do you know when wood is ready to become a tiki?


I torch, sand, polyurethane (satin always, NEVER gloss; you want a warm glow, not a caramel apple), and then paint, very lightly (again always a flat spray paint) so it accents the tiki and doesn't cover it...sort of like airbrushing would do, darkening up relief, accenting eyes, etc. You want the woodgrain to show through..that's part of the charm of a tiki just like cracks. Dremels are a great way to quickly clean out those rough corners, and the little sanding wheels are super for sharpening up edges. There's one in my shop!


 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-12-02 10:58 am   Permalink

Another thing on the stringy wood issue is to stop your angle cut slightly above your guide cut (the "plunge" cut that leads you into a corner, if that makes sense, thataway you can chop it nice and clean and you won't be spending as much time sanding out edges.

 
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FLOUNDERart
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Posted: 2003-12-02 11:44 am   Permalink

Thanks basement. I just cleaned it up pretty good with sandpaper, but not to much as to take away from the carved look. I couldn't get the deep spots so I guess I'll use a dremel.
When do I know if a tiki is ready to varnish? Do I need to wait a certain time period?
Thanks again
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-12-02 11:53 am   Permalink

If it's green wood or wood with some moisture still in it, lay the log down so that the front of the carving faces down. This will draw the moisture toward the carved side and make it crack less to the front and more toward the back. You'll have to give it a fews months to do whatt it's going to do with that method. Or (easier and generally foolproof) you can also do an old trick, which is to cut a deep, thin saw groove up the back of the tiki, which essentially is an artificial crack and reduces the "draw" stress on the log tremendously. Tikis generally rest up against a wall anyway. I've done this on three pieces with great results.

 
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Tiki Mon
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Posted: 2003-12-02 7:39 pm   Permalink

Flounder,
Nice carving, man. Now your forearms are going to get so big you won't be able to hold your sissy little brushes anymore. BK was dead on with the methodology. I sometimes use a dremel to clean up hairy cuts, but I really prefer torching. Ahh, the smell of burning wood....


 
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tikitony
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Posted: 2003-12-02 10:24 pm   Permalink

yup, torch the heck out of it, then sand it down with a soft-sponge-sanding block (any hardware store should have em) Its like a sponge, but rough. I clean up with an angle grinder too, but I use a worn down wheel, so that it burnishes and sands the wood simultaniously. Another "airbrush technique" I use when I don't want to get out my compressor, I use a small spray bottle with some dark colored stain, or watered down acrylic paint. I use the dremmel too, for carving the small detail, but not cleanup. and a lifelike carving of Crazy Al too!

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Tiki Diablo
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Posted: 2003-12-02 10:41 pm   Permalink

Al is not that ugly! Was Al crazy before he was C'Al? All I know is he is the master. Eh Chony?

 
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FLOUNDERart
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Posted: 2003-12-03 08:00 am   Permalink

Thanks for all the help.
Tiki Mon, you better watch your back at the Hawaiian Inn, you might just get a sissy paintbrush skive to the back!

Tikitony, nice tiki brah I like the weathered look you get but it's much to pretty to be Crazy Al.

I'll post the tiki again once it's finished.

I need to paint but the chisles keep a callin.

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FLOUNDERart
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Posted: 2004-01-24 7:03 pm   Permalink

Well I finally decided to finish the tiki. I gave it an aged down look, tried making it as old looking as possible. Hope you like.


 
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Rain
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Posted: 2004-01-24 7:25 pm   Permalink

schweeeeeeet. the aging really makes an already great piece 10x better.

 
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