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Beachnik's Carvings (UPDATED 1/11/07)
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Joined: Aug 14, 2006
Posts: 435
From: Mobile, AL
Posted: 2006-12-06 09:33 am   Permalink

Nice work, keep the Tiki's a comin'.

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Joined: Jun 01, 2005
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From: A Little Island called Australia
Posted: 2006-12-06 1:06 pm   Permalink

awesome work keep at it

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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
Posts: 42
From: Venice, Ca
Posted: 2007-01-11 10:01 pm   Permalink

Hey TC faithful!
First of all, I would like to thank Marcus, Frostiki, Matt, Jungle Trader, Benzart, McTiki and Lake Surfer for their words of encouragement on my last posting of pics. I look forward to checking in with the crew when I can! Here are projects I carved for friends in late December based on their favorite images.


This mask is 16 inch tall by 14 inch wide. Flat on back for wall hanging. 3 coats of polyurethane over natural palm.

24 tall by 16 wide, also flat on back. Cherry stain on palm with 3 coats of clear lacquer. Was not the finish I was looking for, but that's what experiments are for!


These are 2.5 to 3 inches tall. I purchased my first hook knife and really didn't have a clue how to really use it properly, but these are the outcome. Wasn't sure if I was to pull knife toward me or away, but the wood was flying like crazy. I'll search sight for help on that subject!





Think I'll have a rum drink with my lacquer buzz!!


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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2007-01-12 09:09 am   Permalink

Cool lookin Stuff Beachnik! Next time you start a carving, take some progress shots and show us How you do them, what tools and stuff like that. Thanks

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Joined: May 01, 2006
Posts: 532
From: San Diego
Posted: 2007-01-12 10:31 am   Permalink

Great stuff Beachnik! I like the finish on the squat guy, what were you trying for? I really like how he pops out from the darker background.
Good job on the hook knife too! Sometimes I do towards me, sometimes away. I try to keep my thumb on the carving as much as possible as a pivot point as you get more control. The most important thing is to watch where your other fingers are, make sure they're not in the way if your blade does keep going. I'm sure others have more info, but those are the best tips I picked up from Benzart at the Oki Oki.

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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2007-01-12 11:32 am   Permalink

Looking good Beachnik! Love the clean lines on the Tang... one of my favorite styles. Sometimes less is more on tikis.
The others are looking good also. Keep it up!

Git yerself one of these... fairly inexpensive and will reduce those headaches and possible health problems in the future. Especially if you're working in close quarters.
I use mine all the time now.

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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
Posts: 1694
From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2007-01-12 5:42 pm   Permalink

Nice, I love your style.

I have a hook knife, and don't know how to use it either. But by the looks of it, you have it down.


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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
Posts: 42
From: Venice, Ca
Posted: 2007-01-12 9:53 pm   Permalink

It's great to be able to check in at TC two days in a row!

Benzart- Thanks for checking out my projects. I am constantly looking for my missing digital camera when I'm working on pieces,thanks to my daughter who likes to BORROW the camera when I need it most. I'll make a point to hide the camera 24 hours before carving to throw her of track! More pics to come.

Mieko- I was at a hardware store to buy some polyurethane when I came across the lacquer on sale. I had never used lacquer before but I figured "What the heck". The moral to my story...If you want a polyurethane finish, use polyurethane! Thanks for the hook knife info too. It is a little knife with major cutting power! I am already thankful I bought a bullet proof safety glove when that knife ran down my hand!

Lake Surfer- Yea, the Tang is a very cool traditional style. Thanks for the tip on the respirator...I plan on getting one asap. I was using the lacquer on Monday evening, outdoors,and in the Malibu burning wind and still accidently got loaded on the fumes! Made watching the National Championship interesting.

JohnnyP- Thanks for checking out the pics. That hook knife is something else. At this point, everything is experimental with it. I love the fact that it removes wood so quickly. I'll put it to use this weekend and hope I still have 10 fingers on Monday!


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