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cy
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Posted: 2016-02-22 08:49 am   Permalink

Nice Big T!

 
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Tuga's Tikis
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Posted: 2016-02-22 09:38 am   Permalink

Very Cool

 
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Will carve
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Posted: 2016-02-23 04:54 am   Permalink

I like that.
Nice detail.
Very creative.


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2016-02-23 08:05 am   Permalink

Thanks guys.

Will, it was fun. And now I wish I was keeping it! However, I'm sure I will be getting something pretty swell in return.

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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2016-02-25 5:28 pm   Permalink

I'll take it


 
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TheBigT
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Posted: 2016-03-08 4:35 pm   Permalink

finished this moai and delivered to the new owner over the weekend





 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2016-03-11 7:36 pm   Permalink

T- good job

 
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AlohaTexasTikiCo
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From: Houston
Posted: 2016-03-12 9:23 pm   Permalink

That's some fine work there sir!!

 
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Sunset Mike
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Posted: 2016-03-20 6:37 pm   Permalink

Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh yeah!

On 2016-03-08 16:35, TheBigT wrote:
finished this moai and delivered to the new owner over the weekend




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AlohaTexasTikiCo
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Posted: 2016-03-26 8:08 pm   Permalink

Nice grain poppin on the chest and chin area. Love it man!

 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 14 days ago; 11:23 am   Permalink

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a great Christmas holiday and New Year! Time to start chopping on the new year!

I guess it's about time to bring my thread up to speed and catch up with all the stuff from the rest of 2016. Altho I didn't do much carving the remainder of the year, this post might be a long one...

Things were going great guns in April. With the Lei Low Art Sale around the corner, I jumped into high gear getting ready. I had some Moais left over from the last sale and decided to "refresh" those for the next one.

Lopped off the top of this one to give it an angled head.



Re-carved this one a bit and gave him some embellishments and a darker finish.



Carved three new masks out of oak:



Then put the finish on all of them.





I found this Congo-styled African mask at a goodwill and wanted to try giving him a makeover:



Looking pretty good, I think.



Then it broke while cutting out the mouth!



Wanted to do some black highlights (is that an oxymoron??), but ran out of time.



My booth at the sale, Sunday, April 17th. Had a great time, sold some stuff, imbibed some tasty cocktails.



And then that night, with the glow from the incredible cocktails still fading away, it rained. And rained, and rained. When it stopped raining on Monday, my house looked like this. The water line on the garage is the high point where the water was.





We spent the next six months remodeling the house. So, from mid April to early October, I did almost no carving except for one small practice piece. Some of you might remember this same thing happened back in 2012. We decided that two floods was enough fun for us and put the place up for sale the week after we finished remodeling!

Gonna pick up October thru the end of the year in the next post....


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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 14 days ago; 12:28 pm   Permalink

My 2016 retrospective continued...

When the beginning of October came around, the house was 95% remodeled. The Howie's Tiki mug release party and the week-long Bamboo on the Bayou Tiki bash were both coming up in October. It was finally time to blow the dust off the workshop!

Howie's Tiki had commissioned a tiki baseball bat earlier in the year. I started this practice piece in April (pre-flood).





Also, started working on the full-sized bat.



Got this much done before the flood:



Suddenly, with the mug party only a week away, emergency carving time!!



Putting on the finish:







Delivering the bat.



Party time!!



Mark, the owner, installed it on a rotating platform right next to the bar. Thank you Howie's Tiki!!





Next: time to get ready for Bamboo on the Bayou.



Got busy with some new moais:







Just barely got the clear coat on these the evening of the show...







I cut the end off the practice bat started back in April, and turned it into a muddler. I don't have a picture of the whole piece, but it's extra long at about 11" to get to the bottom of taller mugs and glasses.





It seemed like I still didn't have enough stuff. So at the last minute, I cut a small board in half and busted out the dremel to make these two plaques.



My table and drink. Party on again!!



I stayed on the Moai train in November, starting this 5 - 6 footer.





The log was in really bad shape though. It was more and more rotted toward the base, so I abandoned it to start a new one.



Started the next one out of oak.





Also started a couple of masks. These are made out of a pecan log that I cut down the middle.





Well, that was it. Then we moved Thanksgiving week. Ironic?

December was, well, December. Christmas presents, unpacking, family time, hanging with good friends. So long 2016, don't let 2017 hit you in the ass on the way out!!




 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 14 days ago; 6:55 pm   Permalink

Dude- those masks are killer

The house under water pic put a lump in my throat
So sad
Sorry

Glad to hear u are moving to higher ground

All the new stuff looks good

Love da bat



Cheers to u

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bamalamalu
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Posted: 14 days ago; 8:36 pm   Permalink

Wow, way to rebound! Really nice carvings. Best of luck in your new dry home.


 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 13 days ago; 08:17 am   Permalink

Thanks for the update. New year - new carves!!!

 
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