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my first palm tiki - finally dried
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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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
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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: Today; 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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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: Today; 1:07 pm   Permalink

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

 
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cy
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Posted: Today; 3:03 pm   Permalink

Cool carve BT!

 
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