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GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2007-10-16 12:23 am   Permalink

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On 2007-10-09 15:07, surfintiki wrote:




Is that GROG's Tang sitting on the desk that you forgot to send to GROG?


 
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surfintiki
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Joined: Sep 30, 2004
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2007-10-16 1:16 pm   Permalink

So sorry Mr Grog sir. I've done 2 of those. The one you see is basswood, and it's my keeper! (greedy bastard aren't I?)You also lost out to a mr. Ballsomic on the 2nd one I did, out of I believe, cherry. But thanks Dude!
Thanks Bowana, I like ragers!
Thanks Hiltiki, there's gotta be SOMETHING wrong, like maybe he should of been 20 feet tall!
Thanks Seek-Swell, We did get a little overhead, off shore action last weekend.
Thanks Freddy B!!
AA, great to hear from ya! Thanks I do like this guy, and will attempt more ku's, lono's etc. I hope you don't get sooo busy, you can't carve some up!
Aloha!!
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GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2007-10-16 1:28 pm   Permalink



Hand over the Tang or the Surfer Tiki gets it!


 
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surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2007-10-16 4:07 pm   Permalink


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GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2007-10-16 10:24 pm   Permalink

You're funny!!

 
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2007-12-06 06:25 am   Permalink

Hay dude what you been up to?
Any carving ideas going threw you head?
Taking alittle breather? Working on other things?


 
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Surf tiki
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Joined: Jun 28, 2005
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From: Va Beach
Posted: 2007-12-06 07:19 am   Permalink

Not sure how I missed out on this after you stained it. The stringer came out great. I made a longboard skateboard this summer and did some stain striping on it and had a little trouble with the edges bleeding. He looks great with your collection of Merricks.

 
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surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2007-12-06 2:39 pm   Permalink

You rabid tiki carvers!
Taking a breather. I got too many hobbies, I have to switch focus every now and then and do my other things. It's also good I get to let my right arm heal...I get wicked tendonitis, arthritis, anything ending in itis. Also I need more good wood...I got one good piece, but it needs many months of drying.
Also prepping for a new job/and/or possibly a big move. So not stocking up on any big wood.
I tell ya what though, I love the headdress you just did, and I'd love to try something like it soon. Hope to do another Lono or Ku next.
I guess I hibernate in the winter! Good time to go in the basement and record (musician).
Surf Tiki: I bet your board looks bad to the bone. I bet the type of wood had a lot to do with the stain bleeding. I dabbed mine on lightly with a cloth, and wiped with a clean rag immediately. Mine was Birch, which is a pretty hard wood, sanded real fine too. Now go out and cruise on your board!
Thanks for the bump-up!
Aloha mates!
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surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2008-03-23 10:40 am   Permalink

But DANG it's still cold.

Still in need of good wood. If I start with a lame piece, I just don't put 100% into it. I'm inspired by good, quality wood.


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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2008-03-23 12:25 pm   Permalink

Surfintiki, come on down to Florida and get some sand in your shoes and some Logs in yer trunk, we got it all just waiting for you. Just bring plenty carvings. Methinks you should have made at least a Dozen of those tangs! Of Course you Gotta bring the Surfer tikis too.
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surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2008-03-23 6:17 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the invite! I'll be knocking on your door tomorrow 8am!
Well, once gas goes under $1 a gallon! I'd have to hit Gmans place too, for a couple of cedars. THAT would be nice!
Actually I know of a new place that MIGHT have some wood for me, I'm going to look into soon. Thanks man!


 
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surfintiki
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Posted: 2008-03-27 3:55 pm   Permalink

HAH! Look at that G! Stumbled on some Cedar, from my boss no less! What'ya think, how long does Cedar usually take to dry enough for carvage?



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seeksurf
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2008-03-27 4:19 pm   Permalink

Howdy Howdy. I'm on my fist piece of cedar as of yesterday.
It is really wet! Totally different fill all i have
done is cleaned off the bark thus far.

So I'm waiting for a response also on this Question?


Also I hear i should always where a mask when sanding the cedar?

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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2008-03-27 10:23 pm   Permalink

I carved a piece of red cedar 2 years ago... real nice wood and I think it dried pretty quick and didn't crack much. A week or two in moderate temps and that should be dry. Smells wonderful, as most cedars do. I loved the contrast between the heartwood and the outside growth. It is fairly soft, you can just about whittle it with a sharp chisel, I didn't even need to sand it after carving.

 
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GMAN
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From: My Island
Posted: 2008-03-28 04:56 am   Permalink

Surfin',

Get that bark off quickly as boring beetles attack the wood very fast (at least here). I lost a dozen nice cedar logs because I was lazy and let them sit in the garage with the bark on for a few weeks while I was away hunting. The beetle eggs are deposited on the bark and the larvae live in and on the bark until they are old enough to bore into the wood. Once you get the bark off, look for small entrance holes in the log. The holes can be from pin head sized and round, up to 1/4" or better and oval. If you see holes, wrap the logs in plastic and freeze them for 2 or 3 weeks to kill off the beetles. Some of these beetles have long life cycles with some living in the wood for many, many years before emerging. When they are mature, they cut exit holes and emerge to mate and lay eggs. Many of these bugger's larvae will then reinfest the log or attack other wood in your house. I have a few good links discuss boring beetles if you wanna lookee.

Here, my cedar logs have stayed fairly wet for a log time. Keep in mind I drop the trees myself (they are real fresh) and we are very humid for much of the year. I generally wait until I see where the log is checking and design my carving around the cracks so that they do not cause real problems (~ 6 months). Paint the ends to slow the water loss and sit and wait a while. My last Teko was carved from a log that had been down and curing since like 2004. Since you have two logs, dig into one in a few weeks and then let the other sit and cure. That way you can compare and see how YOU prefer to carve it. You may like it better wet as it gets chippy and scary when it is dry. I also keep my "wet" carvings wrapped up in blankets or towels to keep them away from the air flow and slow water loss/cracking. If you do that, just watch out for mold.

I'm glad you found some! I was gonna ask if you wanted one of these new chunks to make something out of. Now I don't need to mail you any

Email me if you wanna talk cedar some more.

-G$
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