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NOTCH
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Joined: Apr 23, 2006
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From: San Jose.Ca
Posted: 2007-03-13 8:02 pm   Permalink

Ahoy TC!!!!
I just got some free 6 foot redwood logs and would like to get some info from you carvers out there?
What steps do I take before carving fresh redwood?






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HOUSE OF KU
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From: TIKILAND, USA
Posted: 2007-03-13 8:22 pm   Permalink

Aloha Notch! Its always good to seal the ends of newly cut wood in general with some kind of paint/sealer. I've been told it doesn't matter what you use, latex/oil based paint. This should be done to let the moisture out through the sides and let the wood dry slowly and lessen cracking. Freddie
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PockyTiki
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Joined: Feb 28, 2006
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From: central MA
Posted: 2007-03-13 8:31 pm   Permalink

great piece o' wood ya got there. Hope to see great things come out of that wood!
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NOTCH
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Posted: 2007-03-13 8:34 pm   Permalink

When can I get to Carving?

 
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Polynesiac
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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
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From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2007-03-13 9:10 pm   Permalink

Notch - I've never carved fresh redwood, but the redwood I have carved (4x4's from HOme DEPOT) is very "flakey" inbetween the hardwood grains. Make sure your chisels are SHARP all the time. I don't know about grinding and chainsawing, but dremeling works very well on redwood too.

Will at SCtikishack in Santa Cruz (
http://www.sctikis.com ) carves big redwood exclusively with a grinder and chainsaw. He's the dude to ask about the fresh stuff. I know Aarons Akua also carved up a few pieces of redwood too - so check his thread or PM either of them.

Can't wait to see what you'll do.

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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2007-03-13 9:20 pm   Permalink

jungle trader carves a lot of redwood.

 
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Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2007-03-14 07:19 am   Permalink

Notch, House of Ku said it. Seal the ends. I love working with it. Let it dry slowly in the shade. For me, I like carving it green. You have the coastal influence so your summers are a lot cooler than the valley.
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keigs20
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From: WA
Posted: 2007-03-14 11:51 am   Permalink

like JT says cedar is easier to carve wet or green but needs to be sealed on the ends to reduce cracking.

 
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SCTikiShack
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Posted: 2007-03-14 1:27 pm   Permalink

Notch,

I love carving redwood wet. Quite often, I carve them wet on purpose to ensure that the sapwood has no dry rot. If the rings are nice and tight(with rings less than 1/8in apart) you have nothing to worry about because they don't split much. However, if it was a tree grown in the city it probably has rings closer to 1/2 in or an inch apart and the log will develop large cracks.

I would go ahead and carve them. Just don't leave them in the sun and give them a good watering once in a while if you aren't going to seal them right away. If you are going to carve then immediately seal, it will make the log dry slowly and there is no issue.

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NOTCH
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From: San Jose.Ca
Posted: 2007-03-14 6:09 pm   Permalink

Awesome!!! Thank you guy's for all the info!!! I will post some pics of my progress... Mucho Mahaloz!!!

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hewey
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Posted: 2007-03-14 6:16 pm   Permalink

Can't wait to see what you do with it, your work is awesome
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NOTCH
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From: San Jose.Ca
Posted: 2007-03-18 12:53 pm   Permalink

I just went ahead and started cutin, Here's a picture of some progress..... got's more detail to do it before i call it done..




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Haole'akamai
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From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2007-03-23 10:33 am   Permalink

I am thrilled and honored to say that NOTCH's tiki has arrived safe and sound to Lund Manor. Holy $#!%, it's got so much power and serenity, like a spring-loaded Tiki trap just waiting to open a can of whoop@$$ on whoever crosses him. We couldn't ask for a better protector for our a little piece of tropical paradise.


Now where's that photo cable?....


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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2007-03-23 12:18 pm   Permalink

Nice tiki...Have to offer, even being already carved, if it's a green log, hit both of those cut ends with a gardener's pruning sealer. It'll dry a lot more evenly that way. Logs lose 70 percent of their moisture through the cut ends. The more you can slow that process, the fewer the chances of bad checking.

 
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Haole'akamai
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From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2007-03-23 4:12 pm   Permalink

Although not in his final seat of honor, here's Biff (as he was so named at FI last Saturday) hanging out at Hinky Drinks (waiting for it to open?):



and a closer image of his face:


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