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Aaron’s New Akua (Done!)
Gigantalope
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From: Shinola, California
Posted: 2004-11-02 6:35 pm   Permalink

It makes me fiendishly envious seeing your work...Maybe I too can devlope my own style...using Orange Wood!

Oye, feck! I fergot, I found a downed melalanka (paperbark)the other day...It seems to have twisty wood like a Euc. I may have time to part it out and bring some along if you have any opinion on it.

There are several Aussie Jokes about these trees as often they grow in riverbeds, and Abbos sleep under them.



 
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2004-11-04 1:13 pm   Permalink

Big-G,

I looked up the paperbark wood. It looks a lot like eucalyptus. I worked in a firewood lot in Hollywood a few summers as a teen, & saw a lot of "euc". This wood is real twisty & rough, probably not good for carving. Thanks much for the offer, though.

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Raffertiki
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Posted: 2004-11-04 3:41 pm   Permalink

Great finish to a nice piece. This will encourage me to spend more time sanding my next one.

 
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Chongolio
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Posted: 2004-11-04 4:28 pm   Permalink

Hoo-wee! That came out SUPER!
I agree with Raffertiki, I need to spend more time making sanding dust on my next carving. Looking forward to seeing your next work of art.
Keep it up A2

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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2004-11-04 6:14 pm   Permalink

side note on that paperwood tree...the grain is absolutely beautiful, I haven't tried to carve it but I know that it is a hard wood (insert joke here). I have seen friends turn the wood and make beautiful bowls with it. So...if you're into wood turning....it may be worth it.

Best of luck on your next carving, aaron, I know that it's going to be great! Love you progress pics and thanks for asking all the questions!
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Aaron's Akua
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2004-11-04 11:00 pm   Permalink

Hi Raffer, Chongo, & Polynesiac,

Being rather in touch with my "anal-compulsive" inner self, I just had to sand till I could no longer find any trace of chisel marks. You know those splinters that go half way up under your finger nail? OUCH! Well, after a few of those I decided it might be a good idea to pick up a nice high end pair of framer's gloves from Lowe's. Much better. You can ask all the questions in the world, but I guess that's how you learn.

So Euc & Paperbark is good carving, Polynesiac? My main experience from the old firewood lot was seeing logs mutilated with a hydraulic splitter, & the Euc just didn't look that great. Well, I already said "nay" to Gigantalope, but maybe I will get a chance to try out some of this stuff some time in the future.

Definitely need to learn more about the better carving woods...

Mahalo for the props, Amigos.

A-A
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foamy
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From: The Land of Pleasant Living
Posted: 2004-11-05 12:07 pm   Permalink

Hey Aaron, real nice tiki. I particularly like the fact that you sanded the crap out of it. Sweet looking piece. Beautiful finish. Can't wait to see it with the inlays.

As an aside, you may also tape your finger tips with masking tape, keeps your finger prints on and still gives you a feel for the wood.


 
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Octane
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From: SLO California
Posted: 2004-11-06 9:15 pm   Permalink

Aaron that guy turned out really good, looks like you got that two tone look you were after, and the tile is very coll and unquie. can wait to see the next one

 
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2004-11-08 1:50 pm   Permalink

Thanks Foamy. Yeah, I was actually doing that "tape" thing, only with bandaids. I like your preventative approach much better though!

Hey Octane, thanks for popping in. Your "mini-book" on staining and finishing came in real handy at the end. That input was super helpful - thanks again!

Still applying varnish coats every two days or so. Going on coat #5. It's looking pretty glossy and nice, so I'd say its close to done. In the mean time, I'm skinning a new log & putting finishing touches on the sketch for the next one.

Cheers!

Aaron
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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2004-11-08 8:34 pm   Permalink

Hey arron that tiki will be able to survive outside for eons with all those coats you're putting on him! and he'll look great the entire time too!
I carved up a few other pieces from that same stringy palm I gave you a while back. Don't get frustrated with the stringyness - some logs are stringier than others (and even logs from the same tree vary on stringyness), just carve below it and it's nice and smooth and soft! Or grind those strings into submission!!!
show 'em who's the boss!!!!
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VonTiki
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Joined: May 05, 2004
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From: Ventura, Ca
Posted: 2004-11-09 10:58 pm   Permalink

Krikeys Dude. what a wealth of information here. That is so awesome for your first tiki. I'm fired up! thanks Aaron!

 
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2004-11-11 6:05 pm   Permalink

Thanks Polynesiac & Vontiki.

At long last, stick a fork in 'im, THIS TIKI'S DONE!

To see the finished product,
SEE THIS POST.

A-A

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Tiki Matt
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Posted: 2004-11-11 6:37 pm   Permalink

Muy Bueno! Looks great!

 
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2004-11-14 9:32 pm   Permalink

Thanks, Matt. When I'm finally ready to purchase my tiki bar, I comin' to see you... Er, and maybe that other "Bamboo" fella. Keep makin' those bitchin' bars & postin all of your great creations!

A-A
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2005-02-11 07:58 am   Permalink

Bumping this one up for you, Ono. Lots of great answers to all of your finishing questions from the TC Pros.

A-A
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