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Mermaids
Keylo
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Joined: Aug 09, 2011
Posts: 125
From: Daytuna Beach
Posted: 2016-04-18 11:11 am   Permalink

Killer fronds! Wish our palm fronds up in the great white norte of FL were as beefy as your southern palms.

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2373
From: So FL
Posted: 2016-04-19 07:53 am   Permalink

Here are some more fronds. The first is one of the Canary Palm fronds. I am embarrassed by how long it took me - so lets just say it was fast.


This is the next Royal frond. I peeled it and let it dry too fast. You can see where it started to split. Hopefully it will add some character.



 
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cy
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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
Posts: 1379
From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2016-04-19 08:01 am   Permalink

Excellent Aloha!

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
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From: So FL
Posted: 2016-04-29 07:12 am   Permalink

Finally got some time to finish carving this guy up.

Heading to Vegas for a week - he'll get "the treatment" when I get back.


 
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cy
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From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2016-04-29 08:06 am   Permalink

Sure do love your style Tom, that one is a 10!

 
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AlohaStation
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Posts: 2373
From: So FL
Posted: 2016-05-09 10:29 am   Permalink

I was in Vegas last week for business. Got to visit with pdrake. While hanging out at his house he hands me a few tikis. I start complimenting them and being cordial asked who carved them? ME - WTF - when did that happen? I carve so many little tikis that these just happen to fly under the radar of my long-term memory.



 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2016-05-13 08:52 am   Permalink

I worked on this one while I was traveling last week. It was a fun experiment smuggling my hook knife through airport security (twice).


 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10396
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2016-05-15 07:44 am   Permalink

Tom, I can't believe how far you have taken these Frond carvings, You've come a Long way! Can't beliece you smuggled a hook knife through Airport Security, How did you do it?

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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
Posts: 8566
From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2016-05-15 11:22 am   Permalink

You ROCK Tom!!!!! I love it, thank you!!!



You didn't have to do that, and it sets a bad precedence - I send you tree trimmings and you send me carved Tikis. This could escalate quickly - what can you do with this uprooted eucalyptus tree?



I saw that you had been in Vegas, wish I would have had time to drive the 5 hours to finally meet you in person one of these days!


 
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AlohaTexasTikiCo
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Joined: Dec 19, 2014
Posts: 226
From: Houston
Posted: 2016-05-16 09:02 am   Permalink

That Moai frond is killer!!!

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2373
From: So FL
Posted: 2016-05-23 07:25 am   Permalink

Another Frond


 
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cy
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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
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From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2016-05-23 08:31 am   Permalink

Excellent Tom!

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2373
From: So FL
Posted: 2016-05-31 06:42 am   Permalink

So I was offered an opportunity to have a tiki placed in the front of the Mai-Kai from Tiki Kaliki. I was joined by WillCarve and Jeff Choinard in the project. She requested that I replicate the Mai-Kai Decanter (Tangaroa), WillCarve was to do a Lono, and Jeff was to do his signature Marq style. We would be replacing some worn-out fern tikis that sit next to the Valet station at the restaurant. So after some coercing, Will gave me a chunk of Pine that we had salvaged from a house down his street.



Since I was replicating another tiki - there was a plan and I just needed to execute it. One of the first things I did was strip off the bark and set about squaring up the log.



Next was the fun part - carving the shape and bringing out the tiki. Mostly chisel work while refining with the angle grinder.



Once I had the form there was a lot of refining for a final figure. More angle grinder work. When the form was done, I started on the details.



During the time that I was doing a lot of grinding and sanding, I developed a rash very similar to Poison Ivy. I build local Mountain Bike trails and will often develop rashes from stomping around in the woods. I thought the rash came from that - I was wrong! While finishing the final details I did not work on the trails and still developed the rash. After doing some investigating, I found that Pine can be a skin irritant. The rash was driving me crazy. I dedicated on last day to sanding and finishing and could stand it any more. I gave up! Packed the tiki in the car and headed to WillCarve's house. Dumped it off and left it in his qualified hands. I don't give up easily but this thing had me on my last swollen and itchy nerve! He finished it for me - Thank you Will!!



This past weekend we installed the new tikis.



WillCarve prepared the foundations and the straps in the days leading up to installation. Our fear wasn't that they would fall over but rather they would walk away. So he built foundations and strapped the crap out them - their not moving unless you destroy the pedestals. Theirs were carved in Cypress while mine is Pine. The chunk of pine had to weigh twice what the Cypress weighed - lifting them in place was a challenge. They looked great but needed some refinement. The lights that shine on the tikis was blocking a very important part of my carving - the Mai-Kai logo. So Will and I spent some time to redo the light on mine. It needed more so I added a patina to the logo and it now sits in all its glory looking fantastic!



This was a great project with a rewarding final outcome. I'm done with Pine! But I will admit the colors and wood were a pleasure to work with -- I just wish I wasn't allergic to it. So now when you come to the Mai-Kai you will be immediately greeted by the 3 Florida Bros. Enjoy and take some great pictures.


 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2373
From: So FL
Posted: 2016-06-03 10:41 am   Permalink

Pdrake cast some pendants for me. These were done using glow-in-the-dark powder added to the resin. They look great in the dark but look electric when exposed to black light. These will be for sale at the Hukilau next week.



 
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Keylo
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Joined: Aug 09, 2011
Posts: 125
From: Daytuna Beach
Posted: 2016-06-29 7:07 pm   Permalink

Awesome carve MR. Itchy and same for Will and Jeff! Some killer work! My brother and I picked mangos one summer for a fruit company in Miami. He had to quit because he was allergic to the Mango sap. I saw what he went thru, close to insanity.

 
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