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The big Swizzle
AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2017-10-09 1:58 pm   Permalink

BigT - Those are done with water-based stains and whatever I had lying around. I like using acrylics too, but haven't tried using them yet...

 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 28 days ago; 10:52 am   Permalink

I landed a pretty cool commission for a bar called Swizzle in South Beach (Miami Beach). I set out on the task of getting an appropriate log. I found one and with some help from WillCarve we took it home.


Once we got it to my house we maneuvered it into position in my carving area. No small task for 2 guys to move a 2,000 lb (best guess) cypress log. As soon as I had it set up, carving began.


This past weekend I got 2 full days to carve. Here's the progress...











 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 28 days ago; 12:30 pm   Permalink

Looks great Tom. I'm curious how you lay out a design on a log like that? Do you just eyeball it? Do you sketch it out on graph paper? Do you grid it out on the log in chalk or something?

 
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AlohaStation
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Posted: 28 days ago; 12:59 pm   Permalink

I had a plan going into this (part of the sales pitch), so it was just a matter of making measurements and sectioning the log. Once the sections are measured, details are laid out in chalk (you can wash/wipe chalk off and start over). The most difficult part is balancing everything and making sure everything is straight. With log laying down it makes this part difficult. There are many cuts and recuts trying to get everything leveled. I actually stand on/over the log to make sure my lines are kinda straight. It makes for a great surprise when we finally do stand it up (with the help of heavy equipment)!


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 28 days ago; 1:26 pm   Permalink

You need a drone so you can fly up and see it from the right perspective, eliminate the surprises

 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 28 days ago; 7:04 pm   Permalink

2000 lbs
Daaaaang
My last carving was 0.5 oz

Looks great
U chainsaw out the big chunks?
Can’t wait to see it come to life
Cheers
Jon
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