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Palama Tiki's First Attempt at AAC/Moai: Finished! Pg. 2..
Palama Tiki
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Posted: 2005-07-18 05:39 am   Permalink

Decisions, decisions... should i start a sable palm Ku or go with the AAC Moai?



since i didn't feel like debarking that palm, i decided on the AAC moai.

here's some progression shots (another first for me): i used a small hand saw, a rasp/plane, old kitchen knife, and a chisel.

this guy is in a very roughed out state, and the nose is coming out all wrong.









I'm thinking that i need to lower the forehead and the cheekbone area to give more relief to the nose, then plane down the hook in the nose till it's straight, as well as narrow the width.

I'm also unsure about carving the mouth; it looks simple but there's alot of subtlety in the Moai design that's not apparent till you start carving one.

Any suggestions A-A, or anyone else who's done Moai/AAC?

i'll be working on him more tonight.
thanks for looking.



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hewey
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Posted: 2005-07-18 06:15 am   Permalink

The forehead sticks out too much, and the nose is flat? I found with carving AAC is that the square block shape has an influence on the shape of the tiki. Most carvings are round logs, so I found a square block just looked wierd when i tried to carve it. I think there is a need to hack away a lot of material to get one to work. But I've only done one, so I'm no expert.

Having said this, Gavtikis tikis were very square and seemed to work, so what would i know?

My current AAC tiki is being a little brat too.
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surfinstro
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Posted: 2005-07-18 06:17 am   Permalink

Nice Job!
Where do you find the ACC?


 
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hewey
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Posted: 2005-07-18 06:28 am   Permalink

I get the AAC from the local hardware store. However, it seems to be harder to come across in the states.
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Palama Tiki
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Posted: 2005-07-18 06:50 am   Permalink

surfinstro: Thanks... i got a free AAC block from a local manufacturer. they usually sell it by the palletload, but i just wanted to try it out. it's a very interesting medium to work in.

 
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Palama Tiki
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Posted: 2005-07-18 09:04 am   Permalink

well, the more i look at Rapanui Moai photos, the more i realize that it's gonna be difficult to salvage Franken-Moai, but i'll give it a try.

suggestions please (other than using him for a boat anchor).


 
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Posted: 2005-07-18 1:08 pm   Permalink

I'd narrow the nose down a bit, it looks a little wide. And maybe trim the forehead back a bit. After you finish the rough, some 60 grit sandpaper will do wonders to smooth all the edges and make it all flow together. There's lots of different Moai styles - it will look fine. And remember, you're only half done.

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Palama Tiki
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Posted: 2005-07-18 1:53 pm   Permalink

Thanks A-A, i appreciate the help. i'll be working on it tonight if the weather holds.

 
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Posted: 2005-07-18 3:50 pm   Permalink

Aaron speaks the truth.shave some off the head and forehead. A gentle slope from the head to the jaw line will even it out. just keep shaving a bit off at a time until it looks right. You are on the right track and just half way done.
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surfinstro
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Posted: 2005-07-18 4:44 pm   Permalink

Does anyone know where I can get it in PA?
Thanks


 
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Palama Tiki
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Posted: 2005-07-18 5:47 pm   Permalink

Surfinstro: i would do an internet search for AAC manufacturers, or better yet, PM Aaron's Akua for info; he's the resident expert on AAC.

 
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Palama Tiki
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Posted: 2005-07-18 6:39 pm   Permalink

Thanks Benz and A-A for the advice. i managed to salvage the carving this evening.... all hail the angle grinder! a 50 grit sanding disc did the trick in re-shaping the forehead and nose more to my liking. (i tried posting the photos, but having problems uploading the pics, so i'll post them tomorrow).

I'll work on the mouth and chin tomorrow evening.


 
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Posted: 2005-07-18 7:15 pm   Permalink

Here's some AAC dealers on the US.
http://www.safecrete.com/contactus.cfm

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rodeotiki
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Posted: 2005-07-18 7:24 pm   Permalink

Looks really good to me. I want to try some of that stuff too.

 
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Palama Tiki
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Posted: 2005-07-19 05:29 am   Permalink

Thanks Rodeotiki... it's looking alittle better as of last night. here's the results of the re-shaping with the angle grinder:





i narrowed the nose and tried to get the peak like the originals, but it came out this way, and i'm thinking i'll stay with that, with some minor refinements. the forehead/brow area needs straightening.



tonight i'll work on the mouth/chin area.

thanks for looking and for the helpful suggestions.


 
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