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amate
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Posted: 2014-06-09 2:19 pm   Permalink

Very nice Roy!
I had the same thing happen with the fan palm log I had. Constantly infected with fuzzy mildew and it eventually just rotted away. It was 5' tall and 3' wide at the base. The guy used a front end loader to put it on my truck. I can't believe I got that heavy son of a gun out by myself.
Next time I'm down your way I want to check out this guy's work. I forgot his name but he is working out of Gulf Coast Palapas in Baycliff. I've been discussing some possibilities with their newly opened San Marcos outlet. Anyway, it looks like he's got at least one palm in his resume and he my be able to give you some pointers on seasoning the local palms.



 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2014-06-09 7:56 pm   Permalink

Cy, thanks!! Sorta pales in comparison to your intricate carves...

pjc, aloha, thanks for the tips. You're right it was literally so water logged that water splashed out with each cut I made. I suspect it will rot away because there are several big mushy spots. I tried to cut most of it out. We'll see. I brought it inside and will let it sit a few weeks.

Did I say that was a blast to carve?! So nice to be able to cut out big chunks with each blow of the mallet instead of the little chips I usually make...



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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2014-06-09 7:59 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-06-09 14:19, amate wrote:
Very nice Roy!
I had the same thing happen with the fan palm log I had. Constantly infected with fuzzy mildew and it eventually just rotted away. It was 5' tall and 3' wide at the base. The guy used a front end loader to put it on my truck. I can't believe I got that heavy son of a gun out by myself.
Next time I'm down your way I want to check out this guy's work. I forgot his name but he is working out of Gulf Coast Palapas in Baycliff. I've been discussing some possibilities with their newly opened San Marcos outlet. Anyway, it looks like he's got at least one palm in his resume and he my be able to give you some pointers on seasoning the local palms.




Yo Allen, thanks! Yeah I've seen the ads for this place. Never been. Let me know if you're passing through. I wouldn't mind checking it out.


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2014-08-27 09:52 am   Permalink

The palm finally dried. It's a lot more fragile than I expected! The head is threatening to break off and it shakes a bit like a bobble head. I poured some minwax wood hardener in to stabilize it. It looks about a hundred years old, which is very cool, but a lot of the features are somewhat flatter in appearance than when I carved it. Wish I knew what kind of palm that was. My plans are to avoid it in the future!




 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2014-08-27 1:07 pm   Permalink

Looks very nice, has a good vintage feel to it.

 
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cy
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Posted: 2014-08-27 3:03 pm   Permalink

Cool carve BT!

 
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pjc5150
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From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2014-08-28 09:54 am   Permalink

I had a softie break in half on me, and I fixed it by running a piece of rebar through the middle, and then pouring on the wood glue.

it's been about 2 years now & it's still outside in the customers yard holdin' together...


 
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Kahuna Kraig
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Posted: 2014-08-28 8:23 pm   Permalink

Loving your work, so cool to see the progress in your craft.
I wish that I had those sorts of skills.
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With much Aloha!
Kahuna Kraig


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2014-08-29 09:14 am   Permalink

Thanks hiltiki and cy!!

Jeff, great idea. I thought about that yet and if it comes apart, I may do that. You can see with the pic below that once it dried it started coming apart like a broom!



In this top down view, you can see some big gaps in the base where the fiber shrunk once the water evaporated. I had to glue a playwood base on the bottom to keep it from breaking apart. I say glue, because nails or screws wouldn't work on this palm.



kahuna kraig: I'm sure you could. If I can do it, anyone can!




 
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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2014-08-29 10:58 am   Permalink

Hasn't anyone told you not to carve too deep?

 
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TheBigT
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Posted: 2014-08-29 11:05 am   Permalink

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On 2014-08-29 10:58, AlohaStation wrote:
Hasn't anyone told you not to carve too deep?



LOL Now that's the 1st time i've ever heard THAT!


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2014-09-17 12:25 pm   Permalink

Been working on this one for some time. Finally, almost ready to stain...




 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2014-09-17 12:28 pm   Permalink

Also working on a picture frame. This is made from 1x3 cedar trim.





 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 28 days ago; 4:43 pm   Permalink

Got this little guy ready to stain. I was hoping to have these last two tikis finished by the end of the month. But maybe I'll get one of these last two finished.






 
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IDoVoodoo
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Posted: 28 days ago; 5:25 pm   Permalink

Lovin it!

 
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