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LowKat
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Joined: May 26, 2006
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From: Oregon
Posted: 2006-05-29 12:07 am   Permalink

I'm new to tiki carving but have worked with many types of wood in the construction trade.

OK, I had a 40 yr old Douglas Fir tree in front of the greenhouse in my back yard. Two winters ago we had a bad ice storm and little "ice bombs" fell from the tree and ruined the greenhouse roof. You can see the holes.

I called some local loggers and had it cut down along with another bigger diseased tree that was threatening my garage.

Had had the loggers leave me an 8 foot stump.

Yesterday I got creative and made a FrEakY tIKi.




Took a 14 hr day to carve him and another 1/2 day cleaning up the rough edges and staining it. It's the first time I've tried carving so I was extremely surprised with the results.




I have propane heat in the greenhouse and could tap into the pipe 6 feet away.... Thinking flames out the top of his head........



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kirby
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Posted: 2006-05-29 12:19 am   Permalink

welcome to the group


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Posted: 2006-05-29 12:22 am   Permalink

by the way it looks awsome for your first attemped .. very impressive...your a natural for sure
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Davez_tikiz
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Joined: Aug 17, 2005
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From: Riverside, CA
Posted: 2006-05-29 07:08 am   Permalink

Wow... great job!

 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-05-29 08:57 am   Permalink

Welcome to TC LowKat. That's an Excellent first tiki, Very Well Done. You made Excellent use of the stump, No stump could be more proud.
If it were my stump, I would cut it down and treat it and seal it and stand it somewhere on a cement pad. Left in the ground, it will rot away much quicker, but not for a few years.
Still, WELL Done!
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2006-05-29 12:33 pm   Permalink

cool tiki...I bet that was really tough working on the log in the upright position....
I am constantly twisting and turning on saw horses...I can't even imagine doing all of that
without moving the log. Really cool.


 
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2006-05-29 12:50 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-05-29 00:07, LowKat wrote:
Had the loggers leave me an 8 foot stump.

I always perk up when I see someone has done an 8 foot carving!!!!! Very nicely done and I admire your determination to make the loss of a great tree into something that will "live on" after it is cut. Thanks for sharing your creation and good luck with the flames!
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LowKat
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Joined: May 26, 2006
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From: Oregon
Posted: 2006-05-29 2:03 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the kind words you TikiHeads!

Wish I'd saved the bigger portions of those fallen trees instead of cutting them up into 6 cords of firewood.........

Could've had 6 cords of Tikis instead.
Can't wait to start another one.

THIS STUFF IS ADDICTIVE!!

I'm sure the other big fir trees on my property are afraid of thier future and shaking in thier roots.

Lucky for them, I already have my order in to my arborist friend for some nice lengths of Cedar.

Sure wish I'd gotten into carving when living near Palm Springs, could've gotton all the Palm wood needed for free.

If anybody has any ideas about making flames from the top of his head using propane, I'd love to hear about them.


 
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LowKat
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From: Oregon
Posted: 2006-05-29 2:17 pm   Permalink

Benzart:
I might cut him down someday but my 'wahine' loves it where it is, gives her a little bit of "sunshine" on those many gray days we have here in the NW. I'll give him a few coats of oil this summer for some protection.

congatiki:
I liked having him upright while carving. Besides being rock solid, it was easy to see what he looked like without standing him up. I used a 5' ladder and just leaned against him to do the upper portion. Did have to move around a lot while roughing him in with the chainsaw to feel cormfortable enough for sawing.

kirby:
Thanks for pointing me in the right directions to get my photos to load.


 
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GMAN
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Posted: 2006-05-29 2:17 pm   Permalink

That's the finest stump I've seen all week! A man's just gotta be proud of a stump like that! Nice job! What a great piece for a first tiki.

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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2006-05-30 1:00 pm   Permalink

Welcome aboard! Great first tiki. So what are you going to do next?

 
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LowKat
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From: Oregon
Posted: 2006-05-30 2:53 pm   Permalink

Well, as luck has it my across the street neighbor is having a large Cottonwood tree cut down as I type this. I went over earlier today and asked the arborist if I could have a 6 foot chunk about 18" in diameter.

He told me "no problem, bring your truck over and we'll lower it right into the back".

I know Cottonwood isn't the best carving medium but I'm addicted and need to carve something else baaaaad. Should make a good practice log.

Here's another photo back when the above Tiki was a still a stump and I'd just penciled in his features. You can see it just to the left of the backhoe bucket.





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HelloTiki
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From: Kailua, Hawaii
Posted: 2006-05-30 4:39 pm   Permalink

Nobody will ever threaten your garage again. Now he'll protect you. Great work.

 
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2006-05-30 8:42 pm   Permalink

LowKat, that is a really superb first tiki. Welcome to the board.

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Beachnik
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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
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From: Venice, Ca
Posted: 2006-05-30 9:41 pm   Permalink

LowKat, very nice first piece. Chainsaw action from a ladder...your an animal. Oregon will never be the same!

I can relate to the addiction...gotta go finish my war canoe relief!

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