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Cheeky Girl's Carvings
CheekyGirl
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2007-08-14 11:37 pm   Permalink

I finally stained and sealed the old guy.

My First Tiki is now complete!



Quite different from the initial sketch.






 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2007-08-15 07:25 am   Permalink

Congrats on a Successful #1 Tiki, Excellent job, right down to the finish. Every tiki you do will be better and better so get cranking on #2! Can't wait to see how it will turn out?
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kaha ki'i
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From: Laguna Beach California
Posted: 2007-08-15 11:39 am   Permalink

great work! Youre off to wikiwiki start so keep going and as Benz said, it will get mo bettah!!!

back to work for you!
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CheekyGirl
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2007-09-18 10:52 pm   Permalink

My next tiki was inspired by a Westwood ashtray. Thus the name of my new tiki:

The "West Cheeky Tiki".

I have this ashtray in my collection. This design can also be found in the book, Tiki Quest, page 148.

The inspiration:



Unlike my first tiki, this time I measured the log and drew up a more detailed sketch, instead of just eyeballing it and/or free-hand drawing directly on the log. The initial sketch:



I hand striped my new log with my brand new sharp draw knife, sanded and carved all in one afternoon.

BayPark Buzzy's tips with respect to measuring and transferring the design onto the log were instrumental in how much I was able to accomplish in one afternoon. 4WDtiki also showed me a thing or two about power tools. They aren't so scary anymore.

This is as far as I got in the July 2007 Chop in Oceanside:














 
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suburbanpagan
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From: southern cal
Posted: 2007-09-18 11:27 pm   Permalink

Nice work cheeky! I look forward to seeing how this one shapes up!

 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2007-09-19 10:53 am   Permalink

Cool and different design. Looks even better on the log!

 
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CheekyGirl
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2008-06-24 1:49 pm   Permalink

I've finished the WestCheeky...I really got to update this post with some pictures.

I started a new one as well called the "Tipsy Tiki"...updates to follow....


 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2008-06-25 03:26 am   Permalink

Cheeky-girl, Nice ooking tikis, your new one looks like you have learned a lot. Keep up the good work and Practice, practice, Practice!
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Tikilizard
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Posted: 2008-06-25 10:03 am   Permalink

Really nice start. Looks like you are a natural and already ahead of the learning curve. Can't wait to see the next pic's. Have you decided on a stain yet? Happy carving!
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2008-06-26 9:48 pm   Permalink

Nice Work. The lay out is very well done.
Keep them coming.


 
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Captain FOREMAN
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From: La Verne, CA
Posted: 2008-07-08 4:53 pm   Permalink

Chisels are fine and dandy for straight edge work, butt to really good features without the aide of mallets and such, I'd suggest investing in the basic mallet tool set that is sold by Flexcut, I use mine extensively and the best thing about those tools is that you don't need a sharpen stone or grinder, they sell you a strop to maintain the polished edge and they can flex while you carve. Also to carve faster consider investing in the power carver that the company Arbortech sells, it's very noisy, butt you can really hog out wood with it, both companies can be easily found on the web. Happy carving!

-Captain FOREMAN


 
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CheekyGirl
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2008-07-14 4:19 pm   Permalink

CaptanForeman -- Doh! Sorry about the confusion, my bad, I’ve lumped my tools into one general category of “chisels”. I’ve been using the “straight-chisels” and the “mallet tools”.

The mallet tools have been absolutely essential in carving. I love FlexCut and have the 6 piece Starter set and the 4-piece Sculptor set. I have also purchased several other 60 degree V mallet tools as well as a few others.

Flex Cut Starter Set



FlexCut Sculptor Set



Thanks for noticing and helping me clarify this!



 
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CheekyGirl
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2008-07-14 11:20 pm   Permalink

Finally took some photos of the WestCheekyTiki.

It was an accident, I chopped off one of the fingers. Ouch!



Decided not to glue it back on.



I've given it a quick sand--haven't decided on a stain. I think I just might keep it natural and just put a quick coat of a protective sealant.



As you can see, I just dug a little deeper and gave it a little round mouth. The nose is not symetrical, but I like it with all it's imperfections.

The "West Cheeky Tiki" is done! (well except for the protective sealant...)


 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2008-07-15 05:23 am   Permalink

You go girl!!! Those Tikis are going to get better and better...and the missing finger just adds character to that guy. Keep up the great work.
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surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2008-07-15 08:52 am   Permalink

WOW! Love it! I like how you went all the way from inspiration to design, to the finished piece. Well done. You now have every carvers dilemma, stain it, coat it, leave it? You'll just have to make more, so you can try out different looks.
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