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A small carving and a Memorial project
8FT Tiki
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From: Kansas City, MO
Posted: 2004-08-03 11:44 pm   Permalink

Aloha TC. As per Hanfords recommendation following the locking of the carving post, I have started this thread to show some of the work I have been doing to enhance our home and give it a more tropical appearance. In order to consolidate my projects into one thread, here are a few links to some previous works:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=6515&forum=1&vpost=62644
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=6525&forum=1&vpost=62733
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=6984&forum=7&vpost=67685
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=15566&forum=7&30
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=15968&forum=7&78

I have done several projects this summer and will continually add them here as I get the photos in order. First up is my beginners attempt at carving a tiki from a really crappy log. I don't have a good source for logs yet so I took what I could get from a friend who had a tree downed by a storm. I believe it was a locust. The log is 42" and is riddled with woodworm holes and tunnels.
Although it was not rotting, it was challenging to deal with the wood dust and other insect damage, but I think it added character to the grain and I figured what the heck, I don't deserve a great log yet anyway since I'm a hack with a new set of Marples chisels and don't have an artists portfolio of work so....away I went.
And heres some photos of the project.








After I finished with the chisels I coated the wood with JASCO copper-brown wood preservative to kill any creepy crawlers which might still have been inside. Then I gave it a white primer coat and then a purple base coat followed by blue and black accent colors. Finally I used a pecan stain to age it and tone down the colors a bit.
Now if you are wondering why I painted it instead of just using stain, it's because as I said it was a crappy log and wasn't too pretty a grain anyway. Besides, we wanted more color in the yard and felt that so many tikis are left as natural wood tones or stained some shade of brown so we wanted something a bit different and went with a sort of Shag-ish color scheme. Until next time.....Thanks for looking. "8FT Tiki"


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MrkCat
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Posted: 2004-08-03 11:51 pm   Permalink

Hey 8FT, that's very cool. I like the added detail the paint gives. Looks like you better get busy you've got a lotta yard to fill.

 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2004-08-04 05:24 am   Permalink

Nice effect with the paint highlights. Lookin good. the only thing I can see thats wrong? there is only one, we need a dozen...
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Raffertiki
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Posted: 2004-08-04 05:34 am   Permalink

Nice work, especially with locust wood. Your color choice is unexpected, and makes a bold statement, especially for #1. Can't wait to see what you do with a nice, carver-friendly log.

 
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Feelin' Zombified
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Posted: 2004-08-04 07:22 am   Permalink

Great first carving... I love the design.

Have you thought of making another 8 footer?

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tikijackalope
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Posted: 2004-08-04 12:29 pm   Permalink

Its kind of like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. It was a crappy log, but in the end it is something beautiful. And maybe you need some lil' ones to complement the 8-ft one and echo its presence around the house...you don't have enough stuff, ya know. Btw, got hut?

 
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2004-08-04 1:02 pm   Permalink

That color really pops out! It's amazing the progression from your first pic to the last. Nice work, and really quite different.
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2004-09-10 7:11 pm   Permalink

Here is my second carving I just completed.
It is pine..67" tall My design is just an interpretation of many aspects of tiki photos I have seen. Took me about 4 weeks working just in the evenings when I had time.







A lot of pines are dieing around here from a disease of some sort. I guess that will make more logs available to the carver.

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Raffertiki
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Posted: 2004-09-10 8:47 pm   Permalink

Really nice work 8ft. Really nice work. But I'm thinking you're a tad shy of 8ft. Still, nice work.

 
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DawnTiki
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Posted: 2004-09-10 8:54 pm   Permalink

Great job 8ft, I am so envious of people who have the gumption to get out and carve! I am stunned that that is just your second one...very nice! More please!

 
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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2004-09-10 11:47 pm   Permalink

8 footer, nice detail. How's the pine carve? Is it sappy?

 
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2004-09-11 12:15 am   Permalink

Thanks folks! I definitely would agree with the advice of the carvers who have previously written in CREATING TIKI forum posts that you just need to give it a try.
I swear to you that I have never been one who sees themselves as an "artist" !!!!
I just was compelled to see what I could produce from free dead trees. Reading the experiences of others in the Carving Post and other individuals threads will provide you with tons of valuable advice. Now you just need some good quality chisels and learn to sharpen them. If you have been thinking about giving carving a shot, I say do it! It's fun and you don't have to start out with a large project. You can keep it on a small scale until you feel the time is right to "carve deep". I was primarily motivated by the lack of tiki in my yard and I decided to populate that small space with a variety of different tiki types. I think it is going well so far. ENJOY!
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2004-09-11 12:23 am   Permalink

....Oh and by the way, JUNGLE TRADER, the pine log I used was from a tree which had died and was then cut down. No sap and fairly soft to work with. I expect you would have some sap problems with a fresh cut tree as anyone who has had a real Christmas tree in their home for the holidays can tell you.
Overall though since we don't have a palm tree forest here in Missouri I think pine is a good alternative and less splintery (is that a word ?) than hardwoods like oak.
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2004-09-11 6:05 pm   Permalink

Hi 8 FT,

Can you post some side shots & close ups of the detail, if it's not too much trouble? That's a very cool design.
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wushu
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Posted: 2004-09-14 04:49 am   Permalink

I really dig the colors on the first one, nicely done. Your second carving is amazing man. Great work
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