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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2008-07-15 11:01 am   Permalink

Cheeky, Great tiki for #2. Sorry - I have to vent here for just a moment and your tiki is a perfect example. I have noticed that most novice carvers have the same technique. I am guilty myself - so I'm not picking on any one person.

When you first pick up the chisels and start choppin you have no idea how tools are designed or how they perform, so we just start hacking away at the vision in our heads. The vision is usually something scribbled on paper that has a very defined design. We then start by outlining and start cutting "straight" into the wood creating what I call a "U" cut. U-cuts are when vertical cuts are made and the negative space is removed to reveal a flat surface. Consists of 3 edges. This is a very difficult cut. Its not the vertical cuts, but the removal of the negative space. To get a consistent depth and smooth surface is almost impossible for a novice. Marquesan tikis often have this type of cut.

I have found that creating "V" cuts is the solution. Simply find you edge and cut at more of an angle till the 2 edges meet. The angles of the "V" do not have to be even but they also do not have to be flattened or smoothed. They also allow you to cut deeper and produce a more natural look. Look at alot of tikis and you will see the cuts very rarely have more than 2 simple angles. The simple angles also allow for easier sanding - thats the biggest bonus!!



Again I'm NOT trying to pick on anyone just passing a little knowledge. Good luck on the next one.


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2008-07-15 12:00 pm   Permalink

Cool! Looking good. Now you're ready for number 3. But I would vote for stain on this one instead of natural. I think it would look killer with a really dark stain.



 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2008-07-15 5:30 pm   Permalink

Cheeky, Really looking Great and Excellent choice of tools, I can see you are Serious and that You mean Business. Look out Logs, here comes the Cheeky Girl. Can't wait for the next batch.!
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CheekyGirl
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Joined: May 21, 2003
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2008-07-15 5:46 pm   Permalink

Ben - Thanks, I'm trying!

And AlohaStation, yup, it's very difficult! As you can see I'm still getting the hang of some of my mallet tools and chisels. Getting that "rounded" look comes from getting more experience with the "V" cuts and practice. You are absolutely right, I kept of removing material (especially on Tiki #1) in order to create depth. My tikis are still very one-dimensional. A few chops ago, Buzzy, gave me another lesson in creating depth and the technique you described above, but it's really hard! That's why I bow down to the really talented and experienced carvers.

I'm working on my Twisted Tiki right now after that I want to attempt a Moai in order to get the hang of rounding technique. And heck no -- no offense taken, you're just passing on some wisdom and tips!

Mahalo!


 
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seeksurf
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2008-07-15 7:05 pm   Permalink

Nice work yes you on fire. Only #2.

 
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CheekyGirl
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2008-07-15 9:29 pm   Permalink

Here's the beginning of Tiki #1 - Twisted Tiki.

The log was kind of hacked up from the start. I cleaned up the sections I wanted stripped, and decided take a direction the log seemed to want.



This is how far I got that day. Unfortunately, I haven't touched it since. Got side-tracked on another project.



 
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CheekyGirl
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2008-07-16 08:30 am   Permalink

Here's the project I got side-tracked on. I'm making post covers for my tiki bar. This is #1 which I started at the last chop. I free-handed some designs, some of which were lifted right out of the Tiki Modern book. Others, my own.

I started with hand tools and then deepened the lines with a router. The dremel didn't seem to have the umph I wanted, so I just bought a Bosch Colt Palm Router. Here's the start, hopefully, I'll get back to Tiki #3 soon.








 
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CheekyGirl
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2008-09-01 3:29 pm   Permalink

Got side-tracked again with a small sign I was working on at the Tiko Oasis 8.

Here's the drawing.





Here's the unstained carving.



I inadvertently made it a couple of inches bigger. Thus that little empty stop in the lower left-hand corner.


 
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JohnnyP
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2008-09-02 2:52 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-09-01 15:29, CheekyGirl wrote:
Got side-tracked again



A carver getting sidetracked with a different project, no, that wouldn't happen.... Just don't let the tiki be the start of Cheeky's box.

Nice sign, If you wouldn't have told us, we wouldn't have notice the spot in the left corner wasn't supposed to be there.


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seeksurf
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Posted: 2008-09-02 5:11 pm   Permalink

Right On looking good the tiki bar will be cool.

 
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CheekyGirl
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2009-06-15 6:22 pm   Permalink

Finally getting around to posting my projects again. I don't want to double-post, so here's the link for the sign and panel/posts above.

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=27422&forum=18&start=15 " TARGET="_blank"> http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=27422&forum=18&start=15

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CheekyGirl
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2009-06-15 6:32 pm   Permalink

I've kind of put away the tiki logs for now, and have been working on smaller projects. I had some scrap wood, so started making a few signs:

Exotic Cocktails Sign with a coconut drink.



Okole Maluna Sign with a pinapple drink.



I had a couple of wood bird houses around the house and decided to decorate them, here's the first one. I recycled the little grass skirts that Princess Papule put around her drinks during the the last crawl.




 
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CheekyGirl
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Posted: 2009-06-15 6:35 pm   Permalink

And I just thought the way the sun looked as setting on my WestCheekyTiki.





 
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Hilander
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Posted: 2009-06-15 9:16 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-06-15 18:35, CheekyGirl wrote:
And I just thought the way the sun looked as setting on my WestCheekyTiki.



Most artistic of you to catch the lighting that way; looks like WCT is saying "Oooh look at the pretty sunset."


 
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