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New Palm Frond
cy
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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
Posts: 867
From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2013-02-24 09:51 am   Permalink

A nice start Aloha!

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2158
From: So FL
Posted: 2013-02-24 11:45 am   Permalink

Mexican Fan palm is what the guys in Cali use. We have too many varieties down here to try and positively identify what I'm using.

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2158
From: So FL
Posted: 2013-05-01 09:11 am   Permalink

Wow - I've been gone for a while and need to give an update. Lost my job in Feb and have found new gameful employment close to home. While my focus has been becoming re-employed, I have started a few new projects and finished others. I'll start with one that I started. Will found some chunks of what appears to be Date Palm(??) and shared a few pieces with me. I dove right in and carved a head out of one chunk. I found the bark easily peeled off and the wood underneath to be extremely wet. That didn't stop me - I carved the full face in about 2 nights. I would compare it to carving a wet apple - it took sharp edges and was easy to shape. Of course once I was done it would have to dry and I let it sit a few days. Cracks started immediately and the following image is what it currently looks like. The small face on top completely shreaded - it will have to be redone. Should I try salvaging or just move on?



 
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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
Posts: 7367
From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2013-05-01 09:45 am   Permalink

Tom, good to hear from you - I was starting to get worried. Congrats on new job! Good to see you carving and posting again, good luck carving that apple
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pjc5150
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Joined: Jun 01, 2009
Posts: 2333
From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2013-05-01 4:25 pm   Permalink

that is annoying as hell when it just starts crumbing...


 
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greentikipat
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Joined: Oct 08, 2006
Posts: 325
From: st. pete fl
Posted: 2013-05-02 08:58 am   Permalink

Hey Tom- good luck with the new job! That soft palm looks really good so far; even with the top as shredded as it is. I'd like to see it after some more drying time. I have two 4' logs of what might be big Christmas palm or something very similar. I've had them sitting in my car port for a couple years now. I suppose it's time to dig into one and see what happens!

 
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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2013-05-02 10:39 am   Permalink

Welcome back! Awesome that you found work so close to home. (I drive 2 hrs per day)

Buzz that thing off the top and pursue the rest as you have started. Looks great!




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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2158
From: So FL
Posted: 2013-05-03 4:51 pm   Permalink

I dove back into the log and it is still soaking wet. I hope to salvage this one by using the cracking to my advantage?? There is still another big chunk starin me down in the garage!

McT - I drove an hour each way (into the heart of rush hour) every day for 9 years. This week I only burned 1/4 tank of gas!! Waiting for the rain to stop, so I can ride my bike.


 
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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2013-05-03 6:55 pm   Permalink

Thats awesome! I.just bought a porker for daily driver...but it sure makes it fun.

McTiki




 
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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2013-05-03 6:56 pm   Permalink




[ This Message was edited by: mctiki 2013-05-06 07:17 ]


 
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TheBigT
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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
Posts: 1291
From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2013-05-06 06:15 am   Permalink

Congrats on the new job! Made a big difference for me when I was able to start working close to home.

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2158
From: So FL
Posted: 2013-05-08 2:42 pm   Permalink

So this one dried and I decided to finish it. The log started out round, the carving is a little less than round after drying. I love this one. This started out in my head as hanging from chain, but it sits so nice (that option is still open). Another version coming soon - I have just the right chunk of wood for the next one.



 
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cy
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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
Posts: 867
From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2013-05-09 08:03 am   Permalink

Nice work Aloha!

 
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amate
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Joined: Oct 03, 2009
Posts: 885
Posted: 2013-05-09 09:21 am   Permalink

When I was commuting, I always thought that was such a waste of time. Hopefully you will get more carving in now.

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2158
From: So FL
Posted: 2013-07-06 10:25 am   Permalink

So I recently found some time to start my next project. I've had some mahogany logs on the side of my house that have been calling to me. After attending The Hukilau, I had been inspired and was ready to dig in. I had just the log!


After a few sessions the chips were starting to to fly.


and my carving was starting to take shape. Not tiki - but still in the same genre. The fun part of just digging in and roughing it out is over, I've started on some of the refinements. Keeping my fingers crossed that I don't f*ck it up.


 
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