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A small carving and a Memorial project
8FT Tiki
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From: Kansas City, MO
Posted: 2008-12-08 9:01 pm   Permalink

Well now that you went and bragged on me, I guess I better explain what you meant. OK folks, I really love the vintage carving at the mini-golf course. It was made from a piece of an old telephone pole. These days we've all learned how unhealthy it is for us to be carving on that stuff, so I was just filing the image of that carving in my mind until I found a suitable log to try my hand at creating an homage to the vintage god of the golf course.
Early this summer my neighbors were having a new deck built. One of them popped his head over the fence and said hey Paul if you want any of this old wood it's yours. I couldn't believe it. There were 4 of these redwood 6" x 6" support columns each about 8 feet long. All I had to do was remove some old nails, screws and bolts and carry them home! I couldn't afford to buy this lumber today. I think this wood has been outside in the Midwestern elements for about 20 years and they show no more deterioration than a graying of the outer surfaces. Inside it is as fresh and bright as when it was milled.
SO now I start thinking I might be able to coax a cousin of the mini-golf god out of one of these columns. I found a clean section and cut off a piece to start working on.
I quickly learned that it was so dry that it was splintering very badly as I used the chisels so I changed to....X-acto knife blades. It kept me from removing too much wood at once and thereby helped me avoid the damage. However, it took a LOT longer to complete the work this way. I was anxious to complete it so I could give it to Silverline but I HAD to go slowly to get the details I wanted. Sometimes, (as all carvers know) the wood tells you what to do and you'd better listen.
It was fun seeing the Silverlines reaction when I uncovered the carving in their home. It isn't an exact copy of the original nor was it meant to be. I just put my spin on it and tried to inject the spirit of the old carving into the new generation.
We had a nice visit too. Our hosts had a delicious meal prepared and played some of the oldest recordings of Hawaiian music I've ever heard. We told some stories and traded some mugs. As we were leaving, Silverline gave me a nice Hackberry log to start working on.
SO that's the story. I'm glad that the old deck post now has a new shape and a great new home!
Thanks again for the comps. 8FT
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Tucson Tiki
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Posted: 2008-12-08 10:31 pm   Permalink

OK! Talk to me! I want a pedant pal. Cool beans!

 
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2009-10-17 1:24 pm   Permalink

I forgot that I hadn't added this picture here yet. Ok now I have. Bye, 8FT
P.S. It's walnut.




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Benzart
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Posted: 2009-10-18 05:43 am   Permalink

Beautiful Walnut tiki 8 ft, I Love the finish and the nice crisp details. You've been working on this guy awhile?
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GROG
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Posted: 2009-11-22 11:33 am   Permalink

8 FT M.I.A.

 
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surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2009-11-22 12:57 pm   Permalink

Holy canolli, where do you get a walnut hunk THAT big? Nice carves.

 
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2009-11-24 3:06 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-11-22 11:33, GROG wrote:
8 FT M.I.A.



Grog not see big walnut tiki I post last month???

Maybe I not post enuff pictures for Grog
Here is small carving I do for art swap a couple of weeks back:
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On 2009-10-23 15:25, 8FT Tiki wrote:
Finally finished my project! Based it on this:




Started with a couple of blank wood blocks from Hobby Lobby.
Stained the large one and carved the smaller one.

Here they are before assembly:


Now after the 2 pieces are joined (side view).


Added the text and then sealer.


Details on the reverse:


Finished piece measures 8 1/2" X 11 1/4"
The new owner is Artosaurus.




OK, Grog call out 8FT. Now Grog smile again?
8FT go back to tools for more carve. Hope you have plenny turkey and grub this week. Maybe next time Grog come out of cave he see new 8FT carving.
Goodbye From Yor frend, 8FT Tiki
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GROG
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Posted: 2009-11-24 3:17 pm   Permalink

Yay!

 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-11-24 5:06 pm   Permalink

Hey 96 inches

That chunk of walnut would cost you a small fortune to buy, I'm assuming you had a tree (or connections)?

Nice looking walnut tiki

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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2009-11-24 8:31 pm   Permalink

Beautiful Walnut Tiki there 8-foot!
Love the Simple graphic face and the flow of it...

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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-11-25 10:27 am   Permalink

Nice walnut tiki! Really, really cool vibe to it. I don't know what your inspiration was - but it's awesome. Cool menu replica too. I like that idea.

 
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Aweulekuula
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Posted: 2009-11-27 2:41 pm   Permalink

That walnut tiki is bloody amazing!

The finish, the design, you can feel the care that went into it.

Aloha!

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GROG
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Posted: 2010-02-03 12:42 pm   Permalink

No posts since Nov. 2009. What happened to keeping GROG happy?

 
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GROG
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Posted: 2010-06-08 3:32 pm   Permalink

So, you haven't carved anything new since 2009 when you last posted on this thread?
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2010-06-08 4:07 pm   Permalink

i think he got scared of your grout,Ernie!

 
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