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Bowana
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Joined: Nov 10, 2006
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From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2007-01-04 9:04 pm   Permalink

Thanks for checking out The Carve-O-Copia. Some of these images have appeared on TC before, but I wanted to consolidate them onto one thread.



This Moai is about 3' tall. I carved it out of Styrofoam planks that were glued together. You can see some of the vertical lines where the joints are.



I then troweled on Bondo over the finished piece and sprayed it with Fleck Paint. It looks like it weighs a ton, but it's really light. This one was affectionately named Bondomoai!



This one was carved from Eucalyptus which can be difficult. It's hard wood, and most pieces that I come across are split so bad that they are unusable. This one is named Ali'i (Chief).



Another piece carved from Eucalyptus. It's 18" high, named Lanakila which means Victory. (The victory being mine in that I finally finished it!)

My love for Kona style and Coco Joe's must be showing by now.



Aikane (Friend) here was carved from a hard piece of HBX2 clay. HBX2 is used for auto body and auto part prototypes. I had designed this piece to be slip cast so I was careful not to have any undercuts. I ended up just casting it in resin. It's about 4" tall.



This is the project I am currently working on. I started this carving at Mieko's Chop-Chop. It's my first real attempt at palm wood.



The wood is still a little wet inside and at first I thought I had escaped any cracking, but a few showed up later. Some cracks are okay though. I believe it was AlohaStation who wrote "Worry about the crack when the plumber comes over."

Thanks for looking. I'll post more shots later.







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Tahitiki
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From: San Jose
Posted: 2007-01-04 9:07 pm   Permalink

Very Nice, great style.
How tall is the eucalyptus one?

Tahitiki


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Bowana
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From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2007-01-04 9:26 pm   Permalink

Thanks Tahitiki. Wow, I just this moment posted on your thread!

The Eucalypus carvings are 14" (Ali'i), and 18" (Lanakila). Where do you get your Euc wood?


 
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Aaron's Akua
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2007-01-04 9:27 pm   Permalink

Dav! Nice work. Coincidentally, I just bumped up your other thread before I noticed this one. The Meiko chop-chop carving looks great, and I just wanted to point out that I carved two ends of it with my chainsaw. The rest looks pretty good too.

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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2007-01-04 9:33 pm   Permalink

Wonderful things in the Carv-O-Copia. Great attention to detail and love the style.
How long you been doing this?


 
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tikigap
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From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2007-01-05 06:34 am   Permalink

Nice stuff dave!

 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2007-01-05 06:39 am   Permalink

TDav, You have posted some Excellent tikis here and using some very difficult woods. I can see you are Really into Clean, Crisp detail and your pieces are about as Perfect as they can be. Your Moai is top knotch as are all the rest on down the line. You have put a smile on my face today!
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Bowana
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From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2007-01-05 08:54 am   Permalink

Thanks guys.

Aaron: Good to hear from ya! Yes, you did a fabulous job with the chainsaw too! How is your Moai from the Chop-Chop going? Have you posted any pictures of it? I've been looking around using the search but have not found anything.

The Hula girl has been re-molded, but I've put it all aside for now. Getting a little bored with it. I don't know if you saw this continuation thread or not
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=21904&forum=18&27

Congatiki: I have been sculpting and carving since before I can even remember. I got into Tiki carving maybe 8 or 9 years ago.

Tikigap: Thank you!

Benz: It's about time I posted some more actual carvings! Glad I was able to put a smile on your face. Now we are even!

Here's a couple more:



This is one of my first Moais. I carved it out of an old 4X4 redwood fencepost. I had no idea that the two tone coloring was going to happen. A nice surprise though. It's 11" tall.



This is Huhu (anger). 19" of pine wood rage! The finish is shoe polish believe it or not.





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Capt'n Skully
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From: The Lost Lagoon
Posted: 2007-01-05 5:12 pm   Permalink

EXCELLENT carves Tikidav- great detail and character in each one..

Oh yeah- Bondo RULES!


 
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Tiki Duddy
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From: Manitoba, Canada
Posted: 2007-01-05 6:12 pm   Permalink

hey man looks great! i REALLY like the one you are curently working on. MAN do i need to get my hands on some palm wood.
really like the teeth on that guy too.
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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2007-01-05 10:41 pm   Permalink

Man, you are a superb carver. Nice work.

 
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benella
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From: Meudon, France
Posted: 2007-01-06 01:13 am   Permalink

Man, you are a wonderful carver.
I love the shoe polish finishing it's just amazing.
Very good work on the carving you begun on Mieko's chop-chop, can't wait to see more.

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JohnnyP
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2007-01-06 05:02 am   Permalink

Top shelf! I love the kona style as well. Do you have any in-progress shots?
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Aaron's Akua
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2007-01-06 08:41 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-01-05 08:54, Tikidav wrote:

Aaron: Good to hear from ya! Yes, you did a fabulous job with the chainsaw too! How is your Moai from the Chop-Chop going? Have you posted any pictures of it? I've been looking around using the search but have not found anything.




Hah! Yes, always glad to take credit for my contribution of 2 chainsaw cuts. It was a lot of hard work, man.

Carving time's been tight for me. I did manage to get one more carving session in after the chop-chop mostly with the chainsaw and the Lancelot. So you can imagine that's it's still pretty rough looking, but moving in the right direction. I think I need at least one more session before I can before I can share progress.

Where am I now? At work... on a Saturday. Shit!

Cheers,

A-A
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2007-01-06 10:55 am   Permalink

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On 2007-01-04 21:04, Tikidav wrote:
The wood is still a little wet inside and at first I thought I had escaped any cracking, but a few showed up later.



Now you just have to wait for the mold/mildew stage. Probably about another 10 days or so...
It will only be a problem if you are planning on keeping that "tooled" look to the finish, rather han sanding it. After the mold dies/dries, it sands off easily, but it stains about a 1/16" to an 1/8" deep. Just thought I'd warn you...Happens frequently, usually about a week or so after carving it with this type of log.

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