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NOTCH
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Posted: 2007-10-24 10:38 am   Permalink

Looking good there Traderbob! You got the itch!!!
Keep em coming......
Notch out...
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Posted: 2007-10-25 08:28 am   Permalink

Its not impossible to get basswood. The best is to know a forest ranger ,lumberjack or farmer. Just keep the eyes open around your neighorhood. There is always someone how knows someone. Some guys even sell it on ebay.

I like to carve cherrywood, birch, got some logs of cottenwood, too. I also tried beech and ash, but its much harder to go deep. I know a traditional carver, who only takes oak wood . He swears on oak.
If you like softwood, than red cedar ( not easy to get) and larch could be a god choice.

I looking forward to your next pics.

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Posted: 2008-01-02 3:44 pm   Permalink

Happy new year TC!

I'm still kinda in the progress of moving, but over the holidays I found some time to carve and thought I'd post some new photos.

Sorry in advance, the photos could be better and also, my exotica records for the background are still in the container on their way to germany. Hope Sandy Warner is not catching a cold

The pineapple tiki is almost finished, it just needs to be sanded and stained. I think I'm going to stain it in a darker color, like the moai below.




When I arrived in Germany I wanted to start carving immediatley but had no time to look for wood, so I got a piece of fir from a home depot kind of store. Turned out to be not the best choice, at least for the smaller size tikis, because it crumbles easily on the details (the eyelids in my case). Even though I like this tiki a lot, I might not finish it, since the eyes are a bit messed up. I'll have to do another one with wood for sure.



Then I carved this moai while staying at my parents house over xmas, it's made of cottonwood. I drilled a hole through it to use it as a lamp. Currently I only have some cheap parts from ikea, but I am planning to make my own shade and get rid of the base plate and lower the shade.



I also bought another cheap lamp at ikea which I started to "tikify" today =)



I hope you enjoy the photos.

Oh and does anyone have a good source in Germany or Europe for tiki/hawaiian/bamboo... fabric ? I found some online stores in the US, but it would be cheaper to buy it over here. I also thought about figuring out how to get my own patterns on the fabric, if anyone has done that before, I'd appreciate some hints.

Cheers,

Bobo
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Posted: 2008-01-02 7:20 pm   Permalink

Hey TBob, you are making Excellent Progress ! The diff between your first one here and this last one is Remarkable. WAY Cool!
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benella
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Posted: 2008-01-05 10:23 am   Permalink

Hi Trader Bob, very nice carvings you have here. Are you working on something new ? Have you dark-stained your piece ?

Show us more,

Ben.
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Posted: 2008-01-06 3:56 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the comments Benz and benella, I appreciate it.

benella: I haven't stained the pineapple guy yet, because I haven't found a convenient location to sand it so far (after living in California for 3 years, I can't get used to the cold...). But I started another tiki in the last couple of days, which needs some small corrections and details and then ...sanding ...

I call it the bloody tiki, cause yesterday I got a nasty cut between the thumb and index finger right after sharpening my widest flexcut tool,it's actually the 4th this year, but by far the bloodiest (on the photo it's hard to see the blood stains). It's made from a block of cherry wood.



This weekend I also got some bamboo and have some ideas for lamps and furniture enhancements.


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Posted: 2008-01-07 12:32 am   Permalink

This guy:




will be perfect !

Very good design.

Is the cherry hard to work ? I have a few of cherry by my mother that is drying for 6 month

Mahalo,

Benjamin.
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Posted: 2008-01-07 03:30 am   Permalink

Benella,

the wood is good to carve, it needs a bit more force with palm tools than the other types of wood I have carved so far, but since most of it was basswood, that's not hard.
Looking at your photos, the logs you have seem bigger, I think with a mallet it will be pretty smooth.


 
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Posted: 2008-01-07 04:52 am   Permalink

Hi Trader Bob,

Thanks and indeed, with a mallet carving is very smoother than with the "carving Jack" that I used for small pieces. The logs I have now are from 40 to 70 cm (15.7 to 27.5 feet) and with those, big chisels are essentials.

Mahalo,

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Posted: 2008-01-07 5:15 pm   Permalink

Nice carves, the bloods just a bonus maybe he
wished he was a cannibal?


 
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Posted: 2008-01-13 09:56 am   Permalink

Sooo, the Bob is back.
Mahalos, and you have been busy, very nice.
I would leave the moai-lamp as it is, it is perfect.
I am really enjoying your business.
Watch out your hands.
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Traderbob
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Posted: 2008-03-18 5:22 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tikiholics,

sorry for not posting for some time. My move took 3 months in total (shipping company lost my packing list...) and I've been busy with work and other activities most of the time.

However, I found some time to carve and made a little progress. I'm still looking for a place where I can carve bigger stuff and don't have to worry about the dirt and dust. Currently I carve in my kitchen and sand in my bathtub

Here's the stained pineapple tiki. The basswood soaked up the stain a bit too much than I hoped, which is not that good on the corners, but makes the deeper parts look like I had burned them:




The "bloody" tiki is finished as well. Cherry wood with dark stain:




Yesterday, I found some balsa wood, and since easter is around the corner, I love it, because you can get a result pretty fast.

I made this small moai and the skull of the leftovers (which is less than half the size of a lighter)



Here's my current work in progress, same cherry wood as the bloody tiki above, but still a lot to do:


I also made 2 picture frames from parts of a broken cheap shoe shelf and I'm working on a hanging lamp shade. I am going to post some photos soon.

Hopefully it's getting warmer here soon, so I can start carving some bigger stuff outside.

Mahalo for looking,

Bobo

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Posted: 2008-03-18 5:28 pm   Permalink

these are really lookin' good bro. so much progress keep posting pics

 
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benella
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Posted: 2008-03-19 12:17 am   Permalink

Hi TraderBob,

Your pieces finished very nicely.
The marq you've begun already looks like a great piece.

Keep up the good work,

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Posted: 2008-03-19 07:17 am   Permalink

Nice work bob! I 2nd the weather thing.

 
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