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Tikis #2 & #3 Carved from AAC Block
Aaron's Akua
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2004-08-02 1:33 pm   Permalink

Octane: Thanks for the comps; deeply humbled...

TNTiki: Sorry, I never answered your question. All of these are long gone. I sold them to a tiki shop in Oceanside for 75 bucks apiece - they sold them to someone else for $150. I know I could have got more but I had just started carving, a little naive, and jones'ing for a new set of chisels. My philosophy is that the hobby should pay for the tools.

I'm just carving for fun now, trying to tikify my place, but if I ever sell some again I'll definitely go on ebay or post them here at TC.

You know, I am starting to daydream about a new dremel set...
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TNTiki
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Posted: 2004-08-02 2:34 pm   Permalink



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ekm
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Joined: Aug 02, 2004
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Posted: 2004-08-02 3:17 pm   Permalink

I dont know if I am doing this right but here goes.
I am a friend of Aarons and he has asked me to post some information I have on the AAC. Two of you picked up the free blocks I had in my back yard. Enjoy.
I have found that watercolor and acrylic paint work well on this material. And you can age the colors by simply scraping away some of the area you painted.
There is also a product out there that will react chemically with cement but I dont know how it will work with AAC because the chemical compound for AAC is different than regular cement, but it might worth a try. It's an acid stain for cement. I would speak with the mfr's of both the AAC and the acid stain to be sure you dont cause an explosion or meltdown of some sort.
To see what acid stain can do to regular cement, see this site:

http://www.kemiko.com/photo_gallery.htm#

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Juanzai
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From: Whittier, CA.
Posted: 2004-08-03 3:55 pm   Permalink

Wow Aaron! They are awesome! Want to see some more of your work.


 
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Polynesiac
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From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2004-08-03 6:18 pm   Permalink

Great stuff, Aaron. Keep carvin...hows that palm coming?
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2004-08-03 11:00 pm   Permalink

Juanzai: You made it! Welcome to TC. How was Hawaii? I'll be posting more later. Brouse around & check out the REALLY GOOD stuff. Hint: Check postings by Benzart, Chikitiki, Cheekytiki, Gecko, Flounderart, Polynesiac, Tikitony, Purple Jade, & way too many others to list - the talent here is endless.

(Juanzai & I are good friends & former co-workers)


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Bamboo Dude
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Joined: Jul 05, 2004
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From: Orange Countiki, CA
Posted: 2004-08-03 11:13 pm   Permalink

Well then, welcome to TC Juanzai...great name, dude. You're gonna get hooked!!!

 
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2004-08-03 11:20 pm   Permalink

Polynesiac,

Thanks for making me post these tiki pics. My TC peers seem to like them.

The palm tiki is coming along, but at a much slower pace than I'd like. I'm using regular wood chisels for the rough stuff and flexcuts for the clean cuts, but found myself daydreaming about Dremels about halfway through.

I'm only getting about 3 hours a week in on it, but it's getting there. All of the good feedback on this posting is really feeding my enthusiam! We'll see what happens. I'm hoping to post a new tiki in about 3 or 4 weeks.

Are you & Barbara going to the Long Beach Tiki Festival? Check out this link & send me a PM.

http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki_festival.htm
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cheekytiki
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From: The Haole Hut, London, UK
Posted: 2004-08-04 08:43 am   Permalink

From the look of those AAC Tikis, cant wait to see the wooden ones aswell!

 
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finkdaddy
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2004-08-05 08:27 am   Permalink

Aaron, I love how those turned out! The lines look so even and smooth.

Does the block chip or break very easily? I'm worried that the first time I touch it with a chisel, that the whole thing will crumble at my feet.

I want to try some of this stuff, but I'm having a terrible time finding a place that sells it near here.

If anyone knows of a place that sells it in Wisconsin, please let me know.

No one I talked to even seemed to know what I was talking about. I found a place in Green Bay that sells the equipment to make AAC, but not the block itself.


 
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2004-08-05 10:30 am   Permalink

Thanks Cheeky - working on it.

 
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2004-08-05 10:31 am   Permalink

Finkdaddy,

If you handle it properly, the AAC wonít give you any problems. Hereís some tips:

1) Store it in a dry place. If you leave them outside (untreated) exposed to the weather, the material will probably get screwed up & give you bad results.

2) Donít use a hammer when chiseling. Go easy with the mallet. A lot of the work can be done with chisels alone and no mallet. You can use files, rasps, rifflers, dremel, chisels, sandpaper, etc. Basically anything you would use on wood. I canít remember the technical name of a tool that worked really well for me Ė it looked like a hand plane, but the underside cutting edge looked like a cheese grater. You probably know what Iím talking about. Use a regular wood handsaw to make the big profile cuts.

3) Wear a paper mask. This stuff generates a lot of dust, and you donít want to breathe it.

4) Use some kind of cushion underneath the work when chiseling. This is true for working on any kind of stone. I cut off some old jeans pants legs, filled them with sand, and sewed up the ends. I set the blocks on these when working.

5) Donít go out on a limb with thin projections or thin sharp edges in your design. Just keep the Tiki a little on the chunky side, and you wonít have to worry about pieces chipping or breaking off. Anything along the line of what Iíve got posted here should hold up fine. And no, it wonít crumble in your hands.

6) Use sandpaper all over when its done. This will clean it up nice, give it a super smooth finish, and erase any chisel marks. Put a coat of off-the-shelf concrete sealer on it when youíre finished. This will brighten it up and harden the surface somewhat. Then you wonít have to worry about it getting wet.

I think these can go in the garden or Lanai, but you may want to keep them in the house. They probably wonít compare to a JASCO coated wooden tiki for longevity if you put them outside. Iím not sure how they will stand up to being peed on by the dog & bombarded with sprinklers.

There is a manufacturer of AAC located in Wisconsin.

Masa-USA, LLC
2231 Holmgren Way
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54304
Phone: 800-284-5507
Fax: 920-497-0389

Iíd call them & see who their distributors are, or if you can ďwill callĒ some from the factory. Tell them you are a carver & see if you can get a partial pallete or a few blocks. Or, make a TC posting to see if anyone local wants to go in on a palette. I think a palette is about 40 blocks, so it may be more than you need or want. I know my wife was not thrilled when I dumped a palette in the middle of our garage floor!

Good Luck! Make sure and post.

GO PACKERS!!!

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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2004-08-05 2:17 pm   Permalink

Here's another one close to Wisconsin (relatively):

Thermacrete, LLC
214 West Sheridan Place
Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044
Phone: (847)-577-7400
Fax: (847) 392-4077


 
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