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Carving Post
McDougall
Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 02, 2003
Posts: 489
From: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Posted: 2003-09-29 8:03 pm   Permalink

Aloha
Have been carving small Tiki's by hand for a couple months now and came across a great score. Found someone chopping down 2 Coconut Palms about 15 feet each, with 24 inch diameter at trunk (Trunk is much fatter than top 13 feet), rest of tree about 12 inch in diameter. Got 4-4 foot logs about 12 inch diameter and 2-2 foot trunks about 24 inch diameter out of it. Beautiful wood, striaght, smooth ect... Very fresh. Each piece wieghs about 4-600 pounds. How much will they wiegh when fully dried? How long will it take? I have been through this Carving Post and garnered it's info. My only reference on the subject, any more help is Very appreciated. My first understanding was I would need to seal the cut ends to slow drying and prevent cracking. One post however mentions this is no use for Palms. My plan is to let logs dry 3-12 months, probobly try first one in 3 months. Leave bark on until carving, yes? Will not be using any power tools unless absolutely necasary. These were grown in South Florida, are there differences between these and the ones I from Hawaii? I'm used to carving fully dried Hardwoods, what don't I know I need to know? Have lots of Gouges, a good mallet and a chissel or 2, some good knives. Can't wait to carve into these but want to do them right, have great hopes for this wood. I would really appreciate any pointers with this wood. They will be stored in a open air garage, no rain will get in, but Florida's hot, humid envirement will be drying them. Should I do something to prevent mold now? I fear and am alergic to some Molds. Mahalo and hope to show you all one of these logs, carved, at next years Hukilau...my stomping grounds.


 
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hanford_lemoore
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Joined: Mar 23, 2002
Posts: 1870
From: Tiki Central
Posted: 2003-09-29 8:42 pm   Permalink

Topic locked.

Hi all, I'm locking this topic so that we can branch out and post our stuff in the Creating Tiki forum. I encourage all of our resident artists to create a topic dedicated to your work. Put your name in the title then and post replies to it when you have new stuff to show off. We'd do it for you but then you wouldn't be able to edit your own topic.

To copy your postings from this Topic to a new one:

  • Find the reply you want to copy here in the Carving Post topic.
  • click "edit" to edit the post.
  • In the Edit screen, highlight all the text (you can do this by right-clicking in the text field and choosing "select all") then Copy the text.
  • Go into the Creating Tiki forum and click on New Topic.
  • Paste the text you copied from the Carving Post into the text field on the New Topic page.
  • Submit your post.
  • if you want to copy more than reply from the carving post into your new topic, you can do it by replying to your original post.


Mahalo, and thanks for being trailblazers!

~Hanford

[ This Message was edited by: hanford_lemoore on 2003-09-30 00:55 ]


 
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hanford_lemoore
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Joined: Mar 23, 2002
Posts: 1870
From: Tiki Central
Posted: 2004-06-30 02:43 am   Permalink

We'ved locked the carving post to the top of the Creating Tiki forum for everyone to see!

[ This Message was edited by: hanford_lemoore on 2004-07-11 21:15 ]


 
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