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Tiki carvings by Tabu.
Tabu
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Joined: Sep 07, 2004
Posts: 137
From: Port Hope, Ont.
Posted: 2007-03-22 6:01 pm   Permalink

This is the first posting of my wood carving projects. Thanks to all the other carvers who share their work and advice to inspire and aid us new kids. I don't get a great deal of time to devout to carving with this darn winter thing and my job and all. So to start here are a couple of the main pieces I've done over the past year.

Here is the first large carving I have ever attempted. This pole is carved from a nice ash log donated by my neighbor. I only used chisels and mallet. Ash is very, very hard and as a result this pole took a long time to carve. You can see in the
first shot that I had intended it to be a cannibal theme. I screwed up the victim so he became a tongue.

The finished pole. After sanding I used a blow torch to darken the grain. I stained it with a waterbased rosewood and finished him in tung oil.

The next up was this panel carved from alder. I saw an exhibition of west coast native masks and was impressed with how glassy smooth sanded alder looked. I luckily found this plank at a specialty wood shop in my area.
I wanted this one to be a goof on the melanesian style.
Here it is sanded and stained. I used a black stain in the creases which worked much better than the micro torch on the thin detail.


And the final carving again finished with tung oil. For the eyes I sanded the outer layer off a clam shell and cut two semi circles from the mother of pearl. A dremel was needed to grind the eyes to fit. If you try this be prepared for a great burning hair smell.

Thanks for having a look. I also have two paintings posted in the" other crafts" section.


 
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Tiki Duddy
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Joined: Jun 04, 2006
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From: Manitoba, Canada
Posted: 2007-03-22 6:12 pm   Permalink

WOW! great work! really like them. you got some skills for sure.
hey you said "us kids" are you a youngen like me here? if so that is pretty cool.
and another canadian carver is always interesting to know about.
hope you have a great time on TC here
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pdrake
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Joined: Jan 13, 2006
Posts: 1767
From: las vegas
Posted: 2007-03-22 6:15 pm   Permalink

be prepared to cough up blood and/or get cancer if you don't wear a mask when carving shell. it's like tiny shards of glass that you breath into your lungs. please be careful.

the carvings are top notch. good work.


 
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tikigap
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Joined: Jan 19, 2006
Posts: 838
From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2007-03-22 7:35 pm   Permalink

Hey Tabu! What's that blue vehicle in the background?

Nice work on the tiki's, by the way!

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tikigap
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From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2007-03-22 7:36 pm   Permalink

PS: Listen to PDrake.

 
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tikimecula
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Joined: Apr 27, 2004
Posts: 453
From: BFE, KS
Posted: 2007-03-22 9:11 pm   Permalink

Very Nice Carvings! Really like the Mask!

 
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2471
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2007-03-23 05:35 am   Permalink

welcome aboard Tabu! I can see just from these first two carvings that we are going
to enjoy updates on this thread. The detail in the mask is very nice, and the
would-be cannibal is a fine effort as well. Any other wood-work that we haven't
seen?


 
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Tabu
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Joined: Sep 07, 2004
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From: Port Hope, Ont.
Posted: 2007-03-23 05:49 am   Permalink

Thanks for all response. Not to worry I use a dust mask when sanding or grinding anything. No other wood working projects started, but I am on a hiatus from work so maybe next week.
The blue vehicle is a 1980 Bajaj Cheetak scooter(worked when I got it). If I can get the wiring sorted out this spring I will consider giving it a mild tiki themed make over.
Sorry tiki duddy I was only using the term "kids" relative to experience. I'm in the twilight of my 30's. I am Canadian however. You are right, anthing tiki in Canada is worth getting excited about. Ontario is a barren land almost free of tiki. I imagine Manitoba to be the same.


 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2007-03-23 07:23 am   Permalink

Really nice Stuff Tabu. I Love the stain and the Eyes are Killer.Nice job.

 
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flynny
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Joined: Jun 19, 2006
Posts: 274
From: Devon, UK
Posted: 2007-03-23 08:01 am   Permalink

Nice work
Best Regards
Flynny


 
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Basement Kahuna
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2007-03-23 12:12 pm   Permalink

Cool work...that extra mile and time on cleaning up and a finish really makes a good carving pop at the end, as that last photo proves.

 
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Fres-tiki
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Joined: Mar 11, 2007
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From: Fresno, CA
Posted: 2007-03-23 5:48 pm   Permalink

Keep up the good work on the masks! Your design and execution is excellent!

 
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Clarita
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Joined: Sep 26, 2006
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From: BA Arg
Posted: 2007-03-24 5:30 pm   Permalink

Very nice! Congrats!

 
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Tikiwahine
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2007-03-24 6:08 pm   Permalink

Nice detail on those carvings Tabu, and I'm gad to see another Canuk getting into tiki!

Ontario has some good spots for tiki hunting, there's a great antique mall close to Stratford that has released a few goodies when I've been in the area, and a huge flea market/antique mall close to Toronto where I scored quite a few goodies (and passed up a few items - couldn't fit them all into my carry-on luggage!).

Keep up the carving, I'm looking forward to seeing more from you in the future.

-Tw
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Aaron's Akua
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2007-03-24 10:37 pm   Permalink

Excellent firsts, Tabu. Welcome to the board!

 
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