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Quick Palm Moai
Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2005-05-01 7:29 pm   Permalink

Al Right, Pen Master, these are getting just right. I Love not having the gap between the 2 pieces and I like the "Plus size" Bottom.
I'm sure you have seen the exotic Wood Pen Blanks at woodCraft and other stores. They offer several different woods Including black Palm which should be Beautiful in a tiki. You could say it was from a Baby palm tree.
they have an " African Pen Blank Assortment
We have assembled some very rare exotic timber into a unique pen blank assortment that will add some excitement to your pen and pencil turning. Includes 2 each of 16 different species, labeled with the species name. Assortment includes: African Mahogany, Jackel-Berry, Sapele, Karri, Rhodesian Teak, Zebrawood, Iroko, Bubinga, Salinga, Okoume, Knob Thorn, Jacaranda, Kiaat, Padauk, Weeping Boer-Bean, South African-Acacia-Blackwood."

For a bit over 1$ per pen which is pretty good.
Hope this helps.
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2169
From: So FL
Posted: 2005-05-02 09:37 am   Permalink

Thanks Benz.

The variety packs are nice but don't fit my needs. The blanks usually tend to be smaller thant what I like to carve. I've been buying bowls blanks that are larger and be cut to a more suitable size. I just got some Paduak from Constantines and will be giving that a try. Its a beautiful red color wood (3x3x12 for $5). So keep your eyes peeled for more.


 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
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From: So FL
Posted: 2005-06-13 11:14 am   Permalink

Here's the newest rendition of my tiki pens. Its made out of Paduak (pa-dook). The wood is almost pink in color before its finished. I finsh my pens with a clear-coat wax/chilac/hi-speed polish stuff. After I bagan carving this stuff I was informed that paduak can be VERY hazardous to your resparitory system. Its definatley worth the extra bit of caution, because this wood is beautiful.



Also check out this web page - the photo albums page for my wife's birthday at the Mai-Kai.
http://home.bellsouth.net/personalpages/PWP-voodoo

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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2005-06-13 2:01 pm   Permalink

AlohaS, This is by far the finest pen you have done, I believe. I also like the fact that the pen looks like one continuous piece of wood, the joint fits nicely. The detail looks cleaner and more crisp than before. What are you doing differently? Stronger magnifyer? Sharper tools? Whatever it is, keep it up. You are DEFINATELY the Pen Master. Now lets see a ton of these for sale.
I WANT one, Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie...
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Ocean-Tiki
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Posted: 2005-06-13 3:44 pm   Permalink

Really nice. You have a great talent.

 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2005-06-13 5:15 pm   Permalink

Thanks for good words. I'm putting on an addition and pool - so there was alot of aggravation released into that pen! More to come.

 
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finkdaddy
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Joined: May 11, 2004
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2005-06-13 5:30 pm   Permalink

Sooooooo nice! Is mine ready yet?

 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2005-06-23 2:08 pm   Permalink

Here's the newest pen. Made from Paduak. This one gave me a nasty case of sore sinuses, because I forgot to wear a mask when sanding. Won't do that again! I'd love to hear everyone's input.



 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2005-06-23 3:06 pm   Permalink

Looks great, like a Moai with hair under his hat. I love it.

 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2005-08-30 11:11 am   Permalink

Here's my latest - its a necklace for the Wahine. I haven't had much time to carve so this was done while I was on a road trip. Its a little over 3" and carved out of Bass wood.



 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2005-08-30 11:25 am   Permalink

ALohaStation, that must be like carving Gigantic for you, Right? I mean we are used to seeing 1/2 to 5/8 wide tikis! That is a big step. Well done. How do you like carving the bass wood?
Been wondering where you have been?
Nice pendant, lets see some more.
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2005-08-30 11:48 am   Permalink

This was a nice change. I'm not crazy about Bass wood, its a little soft. It was perfect for trying to carve while riding in a car.

I have some other stuff I'm working on (including a cannibal pen), but TIME is a precious comodity. This summer has been very hectic: family, work, vacations, freelance and construction (I'm adding onto my house including a pool). All of the construction is almost done. These little carvings are practice for all of the tikis I plan on doing for the pool!! I'll have pictures of the progression - later.

Benz - have you ever harvested Mahogany? Part of a nieghbors tree fell during Katrina and I have cut some logs and sealed the ends. How long should I let it cure? Is there a way to get the quality of kiln-dried wood without the kiln?


 
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ManoKoa
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Joined: Jan 25, 2005
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From: Chicago - IL
Posted: 2005-08-30 8:57 pm   Permalink

Great pens and mask.

My experience with bass is that it will help you get used to deep cuts. When you get to harder woods your standards will be higher for your cuts and you will be pushing your skill more.

Mahalo for sharing your pieces.


 
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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2005-08-30 9:18 pm   Permalink

Gorgeous little pieces! Love to see more of them.

 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2005-09-23 10:27 am   Permalink

Here's another necklace. This time I used Butternut (very easy to carve. I started this one a long time ago and didn't like him. If at first you don't succeed - have another drink and try again after its kicked in!



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