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Feelin' Zombified
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2004-07-31 4:05 pm   Permalink

It's about time I posted something in this section. So without further Aku... (ah, I crack myself up)...

Here's my first lil' carving post, let's just call him a practice run as I stayed close to the surface of the wood and didn't flesh it out as much as I could have. In retrospect, I also would have chosen a different stain. critisism welcome.







2ft tall, pine

-Z

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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2004-07-31 4:17 pm   Permalink

I'll be the first to say that you've been hiding your stuff for too long. It looks GREAT!
Yes, I would have gone with deeper cuts too, but the cuts you made are very precise, detailed and equal. Not something to scoff at.
I like the stain you chose, it adds character to the piece.
Post more!
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FLOUNDERart
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Posted: 2004-07-31 5:57 pm   Permalink

That's an excellent first tiki. You should add it to the Marquesas thread.

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Tiki Filippi
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Joined: Jul 27, 2004
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From: Lafayette, LA
Posted: 2004-07-31 10:50 pm   Permalink

Nice work Zombi!!
As a new carver myself, I know how it feels to throw that first creation "out to the wolves" so to speak. But I'd say yours looks great, I like the precision of your shapes as well as the cleanliness of the craft. I'd agree about the stain as I have a problem with the color of my first stain too. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the finishing color might be the toughest thing to plan for ahead of time. I'm learning (the long way) how different woods take differently to stains and finishes.
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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2004-08-01 12:16 am   Permalink

Great work from a fellow suburban Detroiter- It reminds me of Martin Denny's tiki drum from the group shot of the band that's on the back of "The Best of Martin Denny" LP. Very nice!


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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2004-08-01 01:25 am   Permalink

Beauty! As mentioned, great cuts! Go deep and you got it! I like that color stain... I use it often.
Have you coated it with anything? (clear Poly?)
You'll find that the color and contrast will change.

Another hint... with shallow cuts you'll notice that the surface wood will stain different than deeper wood. I can see that on your picture and am familier with this as 80% of the wood I carve is pine. Knots will stain differrent too. Make sure you have a even sand all over before you stain for uniformity of stain color. And I've found the more you sand the better grain you bring out. I've gotten some beautiful grain pattern out of pine, even more so when burned lightly with a torch. Try to stain soon after sanding... after a day I've noticed the sanded wood start to darken...

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bananabobs
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Posted: 2004-08-01 12:38 pm   Permalink

Feelin' Zombified, thats a great start, heck Id be happy to have results like that on the 30th carving!
Here is a question that I wanted to ask for a while and since you are just starting out, you may be closer to the "creative start" How did you come up with your design and how did you plan your first few cuts? Those seem to be my biggest hurdles, I have palm logs clean ready to go, but the first few cuts are the hardest. I have tried to "let the wood talk to me" but these logs just mumble, I design and build houses and other structures and have plenty of "Juice" but am missing it here. I thought that it means I am not to carve but I keep finding myself getting logs, cleaning them up and awaking from a rum induced fog holding chisels...should I get professional help or are others with me?

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Benzart
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Posted: 2004-08-01 6:35 pm   Permalink

Really looks good FZ. The stain comes out blotchy like that to a lot of us. That is something that will happen to you on certain pieces forever. keep it up and Keep Crackin' us up.
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Aaron's Akua
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2004-08-01 7:44 pm   Permalink

FZ,

Nice work! I am working on my first palm carving right now, & I've been wondering about how I should stain the tiki. I noticed that different areas on the fan palm are differently colored - yellow/grey/tan at surface, whiter below, then slightly reddish about a half inch down.

Oh, well - there's one way to find out! I must say, I've been carving that AAC material, and actual wood is quite a bit harder to carve.

Keep on carvin' and keep on postin' my friend! Great work!

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mattfink
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Posted: 2004-08-02 07:04 am   Permalink

Nice work!! Finally a carver in my own back yard! Dig deep with those chisels!

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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2004-08-02 1:17 pm   Permalink

A sweet starter for sure! I just finished my first 2 pieces this weekend and will start a thread later with some pics. I like your design a lot and I agree with you that carving deeper next time will be better. I had the same experience with mine. Keep going cause you seem to have the talent.

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Feelin' Zombified
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2004-08-02 8:02 pm   Permalink

Thanks everyone for your kind words and lack of insults

If I can ever find more wood, I'll keep the woodchips flying... seriously, you'd think in the wild kingdom that is Michigan, wood would grow on trees, but I've tried every lumber place, big & small, been refered to sawmills that never answer the phone or have an address, and have had no luck with tree trimmer co's. I just so happened to get that piece from my inlaws (a 15 foot tree and only a 2ft section that was straight)

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On 2004-08-01 12:38, bananabobs wrote:
How did you come up with your design and how did you plan your first few cuts?



As far as design, I flipped thru BOT several times and studied our own BK's carvings (which I think are amazing). I sketched a design on a huge piece of tracing paper, deconstructed the sketch down to its simplist elements with a black Sharpie, and transfered the image to the log the slowest and most agonizing way I could think of... pin holes in the paper every cm or so and retraced with the Sharpie, bleeding thru to the wood. Then just connect the dots on the wood:



As far as the first cut, pick a spot, take a deep breath and hope for the best.

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Feelin' Zombified
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2005-09-22 6:19 pm   Permalink

What do you do when you are given 4 pieces of bamboo, each approx. 1 foot long, finished, and the ends are plugged because they came from a window hardware display?



Tune in this weekend and find out

-Z

(I had intended to post the final pics today, but the camera is elsewhere... OK, another hint: 4ft and 4 1/2ft poles were used also)

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kirby
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From: SoCal
Posted: 2005-09-22 6:21 pm   Permalink

Id probly carv sumthin in them and make them into drink resepticles... cant wait what your gonna doo with um...

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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2005-09-22 6:52 pm   Permalink

Good work, Zombie..that's a great first tiki. Do you have a deep gouge (curved chisel) to work with? If you'll be at Hukilau I'll show you some cool Marquesan tricks...just oddball digs. Keep it up..

 
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