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8FT's Frankoma project DONE...Final finished photos NOW!
8FT Tiki
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Joined: Nov 30, 2003
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From: Kansas City, MO
Posted: 2005-08-07 4:04 pm   Permalink

Are you all having a great summer? I sure hope so.

Well I am starting a new carving and I have decided to handle this latest project just a little differently than I have in the past. Instead of taking progression photos along the way and saving them up until the carving is completely finished before posting them all together, I will be sharing pictures as I go along on this one so you can see what I'm up to and the fun part will be that I am not going to tell you what I am shooting for. Hopefully as I progress the details will be accurate enough to reveal the logs secret identity. I hope to be able to keep working on this fairly regularly because I am really excited about it. However, life happens and time will always be competing with my chisels so wish me luck. I hope it turns out good and that you enjoy the process.
Here's the first shot of the log. It is another sycamore log which I sealed when I got it home. In the picture you can see that I have debarked and begun to square off the ends since they both had very uneven chainsaw cuts from the tree service. Hopefully I won't hack it into an unrecognizable piece of firewood.


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teaKEY
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Posted: 2005-08-07 5:42 pm   Permalink

I like it. The idea that you have, that is. Your log and I share the same "project" headlines. I don't know If I was going to show progress shots or not. I too haven't done the progress shots before. The cool part about it is that its live and TC memebers may swing the outcome.

I thought about your name today cause my project has been scaled to a near perfect seven feet. Man seven is taller than I thought seven was, and I am seven. It was right up there with the ceiling fan!
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rodeotiki
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Joined: Jan 21, 2004
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From: calgary
Posted: 2005-08-07 6:05 pm   Permalink

Okay , thats not fair . Now I am gonna be checking for updates often and may go crazy waiting...

Good luck , cant wait to see it.

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SilverLine
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Joined: Mar 02, 2004
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From: Kansas City
Posted: 2005-08-07 8:54 pm   Permalink

Hey 8FT! Is that part of the HUGE log you had in your driveway? (Or is that log still there?) Ya know, you can always PM me or something if you need help moving logs around.

Good Luck with the project!
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hewey
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2005-08-07 9:15 pm   Permalink

Hey dude. I already know it will be a sweet tiki when finished. I like the progress shots as you go along
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Aaron's Akua
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Joined: Jul 09, 2004
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2005-08-07 9:26 pm   Permalink

Great idea... you'll keep us all guessing. I think they have Sycamores around here - just might have to try some. Is it pretty good about not cracking too much? What's the name/brand of the black sealer goo that you used?
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8FT Tiki
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From: Kansas City, MO
Posted: 2005-08-07 10:09 pm   Permalink

Silverline, thanks for the offer to help move that big FAT log in the driveway. When that day arrives I will need plenty of help. As I have mentioned before that is 5 feet and about 600 pounds. The log in the pic. above is from a different sycamore tree than the FAT boy and the Pisco.
Now that I have squared off the ends, it is 2 feet tall and still very heavy.

Aaron, the product I used to seal with was an aerosol can of Pruning sealer from the local Ace Hardware and cost me less than $6. It is their brand and is not with the paints but next to the axes and saws. It coats as easy and as fast as spray paint. It is a bit thinner than the old traditional pruneseal that used to come in a quart can. That stuff you had to apply with a putty knife so it was a bit messier. I used the whole can on the 3 new fresh cut hog sized logs I brought home. Hopefully that will help slow the drying and prevent a lot of cracking. I do think sycamore is about as hard as Ash but the cracking is'nt too bad.


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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2005-08-24 8:42 pm   Permalink

In an attempt to keep the progress shots coming, here is what I have done so far.






The work now totals 7 hours of prep and carving time. Sounds like a lot for the progress but time really adds up fast.


Unfortunately after a 2 month drought here we are now in the second week of a dreary RAIN DELAY!!!!



Can't wait to get back out there. Will post more pics when things dry out....

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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2005-08-24 10:43 pm   Permalink

Hey 8 ft, hit us with it as soon as possible...

 
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2005-09-04 9:38 pm   Permalink

The rains stopped and I have had a chance to get back out there a couple of times since my last update.
I am now up to 10 hours of work on this one. Will have another update very soon.


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hewey
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Posted: 2005-09-05 06:12 am   Permalink

looks promising. More pics!

 
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2005-09-06 7:50 pm   Permalink

Up to about 14 hours now. This is from Saturday.


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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2005-09-06 9:39 pm   Permalink

I recognize him already! But I won't spill the beans.

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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2005-09-06 9:41 pm   Permalink

Great job, 8ft. Great to see such artistry peeking out of that log....

 
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Posted: 2005-09-06 9:58 pm   Permalink

I think I know who he is too!!! You are doing a great job!

 
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