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New Palm Frond
Will carve
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From: Ft. Lauderdale Fl.
Posted: 2012-09-02 2:38 pm   Permalink

Impressive.

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-09-02 2:49 pm   Permalink

Looks like a happy family lined up in front of the truck, ready to go on vacation

Great work Tom
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Watango productions
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Posted: 2012-09-02 3:30 pm   Permalink

Kool stuff Tom!!


 
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cy
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Posted: 2012-09-03 09:35 am   Permalink

That is a very impressive looking group Aloha!

 
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amate
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Posted: 2012-09-03 2:57 pm   Permalink

Your supply of wood chips should be replentished after that group. I never realized how big those guys were.

 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2012-09-03 6:16 pm   Permalink

Love them all.

 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2012-09-04 07:10 am   Permalink

Thanks for the comps. A lot of work ahead. By the time I'm done I'll need a vacation. Looking forward to showing these to a visiting TCer this week.

I'm working on another distraction - carving foam. Does anyone have a cheap and easy method for sealing the foam (white)? I've been told Elmers Glue, latex paint and about 2or 3 other methods that are not that desireble. New medium - all advise is welcome (keep it cheap and easy - for this project).


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-09-04 08:59 am   Permalink

Will, I have carved some foam and experimented with some coatings, here's what I know in order of cost;

Monster mud is interesting. 1 part of latex paint and 3 or 4 parts premixed wallboard compound. It helps smooth out rough foam surfaces but would need a couple of coats of latex to seal it better for a more permanent application.

Latex paint is easy to work with, it does a fair job if you put several coats on. But as common as it is, it's not cheap - about $30/gallon. You can buy mismatched paint for cheaper as your base coats and then put your color coat over that. You can even use spray paint after several coats of latex if you don't get carried away. Latex dries fairly hard after a couple of months.

I tried water based polyurethane on a project a month ago and was not impressed. I put several coats on and when I sprayed it with spray paint, it bubbled.

I used some Steve's Coating for Foam ($55/gal). It's a one part cross linking polymer liquid that is brushed on. It took several coats to get a decent thickness but it seemed to have worked OK

The latest one I tried was StyroSpray 1000 ($32/half gallon) and it's the best I have found so far. It's a 2 part (epoxy?) product, has a pot life of about an hour and make a hard shell. It's not cheap but it's only $30 more per gallon than latex paint and much better. Plus it cures to full strength in a few hours instead of a few months. It can be sanded, machined etc.

EDIT - there's one more I haven't tried called Rosco Foam Coat at $70/gal.

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Captain Jack
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Posted: 2012-09-05 11:17 am   Permalink

Those four fellas turned out very nice! I like the raw base in the middle guy, I need to carve one like that. I've left the fronds on for a hat on the latest marq but have yet to leave the base with bark still on.
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2012-09-05 1:00 pm   Permalink

Last 4 dudes look sweeeet
It's like a bad-ass army of tiki


 
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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2012-09-06 06:31 am   Permalink

Um - Thanks Mike - I'll pass that along to Will?? The cities down here have a paint recycling program, where I may be able to get some latex paint for free.

CJ - What you think is a great idea is my laziness. I do like it and will keep it. There is a spot at the bottom where the roots start that looks interesting.

Hang10 - when you step into my garage it feels like they are taking over. Started polyurethaning last night and wow!

Looking forward to meeting Cy tonight at the Mai Kai for cocktails and Happy Hour at Will's. Come on out and join us if you are close.


 
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GROG
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Posted: 2012-09-06 09:07 am   Permalink

Very nice. Looks like you had fun.

 
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pjc5150
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From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2012-09-06 09:14 am   Permalink

I actually like the raw base too. I do it on a lot of my pieces, not out of laziness, but just for the contrast of being able to see where it started & what it was before it was carved out...kind of a reminder that you aren't looking a piece of plastic...

but yeah, funny the "tiki army" thing was mentioned, because the first time I saw that pic I thought to myself that they looked like a band of tiki hooligans out looking for trouble & stealing people's lunch money! lol...

damn it man, I wish I was down there to hang out with you guys tonight. I'd love to toss back a few rum barrels and shoot the shit with you guys at Will's afterward....


 
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cy
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Posted: 2012-09-10 12:55 pm   Permalink

Thanks so much Aloha for your time in showing me and the family around the Mai Kai, it was one of the many highlights of our trip to Florida. Your knowledge of the history of the place and pointing out things that we would have been to overwhelmed to notice was much appreciated. Also seeing some of your bigger carvings was inspiring and between you and Will I am pumped to start work and try to catch up to the big boys!

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-09-10 1:07 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-09-06 06:31, AlohaStation wrote:
Um - Thanks Mike - I'll pass that along to Will?? ...



Sorry about that Tom
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