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atsinroc
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Posted: 2005-07-17 03:13 am   Permalink

You got some MAD TALENT with the chain-saw. Im knew to carving and I'll tell ya, this stuff aint easy! So many hours go into carving, not to mention an aching back that has me wanting to go with a chain-saw. Perhaps I should take it one tiki at a time,but I've always wondered how its done with a saw. Do you guys start with an outline? Or just fire it up and have it? I really want to try the chain-saw. The curiousity is gettin to me. Anyway, keep up the great work.



 
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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-07-17 4:48 pm   Permalink



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Benzart
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Posted: 2005-07-17 6:00 pm   Permalink

Nice work Gman. What kind of wood is the shark? He looks like he will be pretty cool when he's done.
Welcome to TC and now that you hav figured out how to post pictures, don't hesitate to show us All your work. Thanks for sharing.
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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-07-17 6:12 pm   Permalink

Benzart,

I think the shark body is oak. I made it from a limb that came down in a storm. The 2nd dorsal and anal fins are oak and the pectoral, 1st dorsal, and caudal fin are pine. The fins are all removable and use wooden pins to hold them in place. I'm an opportunistic carver; I'll work with whatever I can get my hands on. I'll continue to post pieces as I make them. Thanks for the support.

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Posted: 2005-07-17 6:43 pm   Permalink

Hey guys,

This is a pic of my very first tiki carving. I made this one in 1990 with a pocket knife while I was in Jamaica. I found this piece of wood washed up on the beach near the marine lab where I was staying. I showed it to a local carver in town and he gave me a SMALL piece of sandpaper so I could clean it up.



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surfinstro
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Posted: 2005-07-17 9:36 pm   Permalink

Very nice, you are talented. Where would I find Palm or have it shipped to PA? Anyone know?

 
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Posted: 2005-07-17 11:19 pm   Permalink

Hey Gman, That's a great bunch of tikis there. Don't hide 'em in your garage. Put them all over the yard.
I too love the shark. SO precisely proportioned. Perhaps that the biologist in you insisting on the details to be right. It is super so far. You sure have a steady hand with the chain saw. I don't trust myself with it enough to carve so I limit its use to removing the stubs of branches from a log so it is more rounded. Strictly a prep tool for me.
I like your style and I hope we get to see you create a greater variety of tiki types in the future. Keep 'em coming!
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curb creature
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Posted: 2005-07-18 09:28 am   Permalink

great stuff bro..i've been only carving for a couple weeks, i was taught with a chainsaw/disc grinder/die grinder/ and a torch....keep posting..

 
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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-07-18 1:37 pm   Permalink

Surfinstro,

I have inlaws in PA, but I rarely drive there. I'll bring you some palm if I ever take my truck, but I usually fly. I'll look around and see if anyone here can set you up. I might be able to ship you some, but it would cost a ton. Palm wood is overrated anyway.....carve it in OAK!

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surfinstro
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Posted: 2005-07-18 4:27 pm   Permalink

Gman
Thanks for the reply and the tip. We have a ton of oak up here. Hows poplar to work with?
I just hooked up with a saw mill close by and hopefully will get there tomorrow on break.
What is an average price for oak, poplar in a 4' x 8-10" size?
I'll really appreciate your sharing of knowledge.


 
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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-07-19 3:52 pm   Permalink

Surfinstro,

I've never used big pieces of poplar, but I imagine it would be a dream to carve in. It should be nice and soft, but not too soft. As for prices, I dunno. I've never paid for any carving wood. Maybe offer them a few bucks ($20 or so) for something good sized that they aren't going to be able to cut for lumber. You can also trade one of your older tikis to the guys and they will likely give you free wood for life. I've played that card, and it works like a charm!

Personally, I do wood recon during the work week and hit construction/new land clearing sites on the weekends. They always have PILES of brush and trees waiting to get chipped. I just ask the foreman on site if I can cut a few choice pieces, and I'm on my way. If the construction sites or storms fail me, I know a tree guy up the road who will let me have whatever I want from his storage yard. He brings in trailer truck loads of wood each day from his crews. It's just too sweet!

I took some pics of a walking stick I made in 1994. It was made from a Cuban refugee raft oar that washed up in Marineland, FL (where I was working at the time). The wood is all eaten-up by ship worms, but it's too cool. I used a pocket knife and made a tiki head on a hawk's body. Then I cut a channel in its back and mounted great white shark teeth down its back (from a bycaught fish used in my research). It's kind of primitive and wild looking so I thought you guys could appreciate seeing it. I made one day during work and never touched it again.


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Posted: 2005-07-19 5:41 pm   Permalink

Pretty cool lookin weapon there GMan. Looks like you have a whole herd of tiki in that room ther. Lookin good.
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Posted: 2005-07-19 6:06 pm   Permalink


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hewey
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Posted: 2005-07-19 9:49 pm   Permalink

Hey Gman, I love that club style weapon. Very cool, and a cool story behind it too. Awesome.

My folks have a Fijian cannibal fork, which I reckon would make a sweet shifter
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surfinstro
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Posted: 2005-07-20 07:40 am   Permalink

What are my chances of you selling any of your fine work?
The tiki with the sharks teeth is amazing.
Thank you for sharing all of your fine work.


 
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