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Bali_Dan
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Joined: Aug 17, 2007
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From: Lake Conroe Texas
Posted: 2007-09-23 3:56 pm   Permalink

I was lucky enough to get some large logs and I wanted some input from TC on what I should attempt to carve. I started a Moai with the first log (the smallest one)and do not know what to do after this. I will keep posting pics of the Moai in progress, but I would like to start thinking of what to do next. I was thinking of a large tang but I do not have very many pics to work with. Any help in that department would be great. I also would love other ideas for some of the other logs, and any pics I could get would be great. The following pics are of the Moai and the remaining logs.








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Bali_Dan
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From: Lake Conroe Texas
Posted: 2007-12-01 10:41 am   Permalink

Even though I haven't posted in awhile, I have been busy. I said I would post progress picks of the moai, and that is what I will do. I really haven't been able to do much of the outdoor carving so they have been going a little slow. Plus I wanted to have two of them to sit on each side of our swing so I started another one. Here they are:



I still need to finish the mouth on each of them and sand them down real well.
But while I haven't been doing the large carvings on the big logs, I have been working in the shop doing some masks (at least that is what I am calling them). Though I posted some in the past, I really didn't like them. These are my next attempt.



From these the next two were inspired:



The next couple I am upset about. I think I screwed up. I was real inspired by Ken Pleasant's work, and I drew up two Witco inspired pieces. I had a piece of yellow pine 2x10 and that is what I used. After carving them and thinking that they looked great, I started doing more research on Witco, and realized that unlike a moai image, Witco is Copyrighted. I wish I had done my research before I did the work. So this will be the only image of these two masks, as I think I am going to burn them. I do apologize Ken, I am not saying they are as good as yours, I just don't want to step on anyones toes.



The next one was my first attempt at a marquesan (sp.). I took it from pictures on the internet, from a Tiki mug, and from an absolute love of Basement Kahuna's awsome work. I know its not as good as BK's work but I just had to try one. Here it is:



The last image is of a wall hanging I have just started. I had a chunk of tiger maple that was two inches thick. I drew an image of a Tang and cut it out. I then split the wood in half, to give me two matching tangs. I plan on setting them with their backs together and then mount them on a nice background and then frame it. I won't be able to work on this one much as my Dremel just burned up and I am not the best at the chisel. In fact you guys here at TC could help. What tool do I buy next? I am considering the Foredom or the Mastercarver brand. Heres the pick of the twin tangs:



I hope you guys like the pics. I really hope I haven't stepped on anyones toes and I look forward to your replies, advice, criticism, or anything else you would like to say to me.



 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2007-12-01 11:19 am   Permalink

Nice start with your "tiki" carving Dan. I wouldn't "sweat it" too much
with the Witco-inspired pieces, as long as you are not planning to sell them as
cheaper versions of what Ken does. I don't think it's offensive to start out
carving copies of what you like, we all "evolve" into a specific style after a
little while. I know I can't speak for Keigs but I doubt that you would find a
more gracious guy than he is. I like your dual Tangs, nice lines.


 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2007-12-01 3:02 pm   Permalink

All right. What direction do you need?

 
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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2007-12-01 5:59 pm   Permalink

Hi, Dan... thanks for the props, man. Mask looks good. First thing I would do is get those logs under a carport or indoors before they get bluestain fungus from outdoor moisture and ground contact. Also get them up on some wood stints off the floor. That will get them drying right. Then think of the hardest looking thing you can and try it on one of them. Best way to learn is always jumping in whole hog. Those look like some Texas logs!

 
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Bali_Dan
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From: Lake Conroe Texas
Posted: 2007-12-02 06:19 am   Permalink

Thank you for the replies.
Conga-I guess I won't burn them, I will just leave them hanging in the shop.
Aloha- I don't exactly know what direction I was looking for, how about any?
BK- thank you for the reply, I don't have the room to put those logs up anywhere, so I have set them up on concrete blocks and covered them with a contractor sized garbage bag. And yeah they are Texas piney woods logs.
I am off to carve, gotta finish the moai.

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Benzart
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Posted: 2007-12-02 12:20 pm   Permalink

Welcome to TC Bali_Dan,
You have come a long way in a short time and your Tangs look like they are Really goonna be Excellent. As far as a choice between the Foredom and Master brands, go with the Foredom as they have a better warranty and More replaceable parts available.
keep up the good work.
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Bali_Dan
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From: Lake Conroe Texas
Posted: 2007-12-06 8:33 pm   Permalink

Well I was able to work on the Moai pair for a little bit. Here's what they look like so far.





can't wait to get these done this weekend and try something new.


 
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keigs20
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From: WA
Posted: 2007-12-07 11:28 am   Permalink

Dan, Looking good I dig the fat Moai's also. With the size of those logs looks like you got your work cut out. On the masks thanks for your consideration. Conga pretty much nailed it he is wise beyond his years and a bit crazy for carving in below zero temps

 
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TheBigT
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Posted: 2007-12-08 8:46 pm   Permalink

Great job on the large moai, I'd love to have some of those on my yard. They must be really eye catching out there! Luv the fat look! That's really different.

 
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Bali_Dan
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From: Lake Conroe Texas
Posted: 2007-12-09 10:36 am   Permalink

Benzart- Thank you very much, Foredom it is.
Keigs20- Thank you, I was worried, and thank you for the compliment.
Big T- I thank you as well, plus its nice to know there is some other carvers here in the Houston area, PM me and maybe we can get a chop going.

I finished carving and shaping the moai. They are sanded to 120 right now. I will sand them to 220 when I decide what I am going to stain them with. Any suggestions would be great (about what color you think). Again thank you all for the kind words. I did post on TC a few months ago with my first few Tikis, so I don't bog down this post I will just attach the link:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=25296&forum=7&18
The following are the Moais just waiting to be finished.





Thank you for looking, and any input you care to share.


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hodadhank
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Posted: 2007-12-09 12:01 pm   Permalink

Far out Dan! ...and quit apologizing. There is nothing new under the sun.

 
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Bali_Dan
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From: Lake Conroe Texas
Posted: 2007-12-15 09:24 am   Permalink

Well after considering what to stain the Moai, I consulted with my little girl and decided to do something different with them. I know this isn't traditional but I think they turned out pretty cool. Since they are going to be outside, I wanted to use a good sturdy finish, and I do not like spar urathane. So I went with a deck and fence stain that is supposed to hold up for 8 years. I hope you guys like them. And by the way this happens to be her favorite color, I think she is happy with them. So I am proud to introduce the Blue Moai Brothers.





While I was waiting for the stain to dry I started working on my next tiki. I found inspiration from the picture on page 242 of BOT. Plus I found alot of great pics here on TC. Its my version of a LeRoy. The log is 38 inches tall and 17 1/2 inches from side to side, and its good old Texas pine. Hope you guys like.







I look forward to your replies, and if it wasn't for TC I would be lost. Thank you all again.

Dan




 
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Bali_Dan
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From: Lake Conroe Texas
Posted: 2007-12-15 5:38 pm   Permalink

I realize that this has been discussed previously, however I cannot seem to find out where. How do I modify the name of this thread? I see others doing it to theirs and I would like to do that here. Any help would be great. I do realize its probably easy I just can't figure it out. Thanks again.

 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2007-12-15 7:51 pm   Permalink

MAN, These are looking Better and Better every time you do another one. From the looks of that Shop, You can make about Anything you want to there. Keep up the great work.
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