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Boytiki
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Joined: Feb 10, 2008
Posts: 3
Posted: 2008-02-10 3:22 pm   Permalink

Hi, I've always been interested and love the art of tikis, but I've recently realized that I want to create them! Ok, Questions!
1. What's The Best wood for Carving That's easily found?
2. What Stain Is Best?
3 What Tools Are Best For Tiki-Making?
Any of these things would be great to know, or any other tips! Thanx!


 
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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
Posts: 1689
From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2008-02-10 4:14 pm   Permalink

Welcome aboard. The bug will get you

Answers.
1.
Check here
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=21241&forum=7&hilite=wood for carving

or

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=11708&forum=7&hilite=wood for carving

2.
I'm particullarly fond of this type of finish, but depending on where you are going to put your tiki should give you direction on what you finish it with.

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=15632&forum=7&start=2070&hilite=gman



3.
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=10451&forum=7&hilite=tools carvers use

Read all of Benzart's and Basement Kahuna's old threads
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Boytiki
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Posted: 2008-02-11 1:47 pm   Permalink

thx!

 
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Hammock Bound
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Joined: Feb 10, 2008
Posts: 7
From: Colorado
Posted: 2008-02-13 7:28 pm   Permalink

Can anyone offer some advice on where to track down wood for doing larger tiki carvings (3-8 ft tall for example). Are there companies that ship? Any help is appreciated. By the way I live in Colorado.
Thanks


 
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2449
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2008-02-13 8:24 pm   Permalink

Love the name Hammock. Is there a sawmill in your neck of the woods?
They might take the time to sell you a log or two, that's how I get my
big pieces of basswood.


 
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Hammock Bound
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From: Colorado
Posted: 2008-02-13 10:19 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the idea. I'll start the research tomorrow. What's your favorite wood to work with?

 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2008-02-14 05:31 am   Permalink

I like basswood cuz I'm lazy and it's like carving cheese. Oh, and
there's a lot of it up here.


 
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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4278
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2008-02-14 06:41 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-02-13 19:28, Hammock Bound wrote:
Can anyone offer some advice on where to track down wood for doing larger tiki carvings (3-8 ft tall for example). Are there companies that ship? Any help is appreciated. By the way I live in Colorado.
Thanks




I got my 4 footer from a friend, who's friends with a guy who owns a saw mill Apparently I'm welcome to more free wood, as long as I give the saw mill a good plug when I publicly display my work! I haven't been back for more, the big guy is hardwood and hasn't been touched for a while Im guessing shipping would be prohibitively pricey, given the size/weight. Many people on here get their logs through tree lopping companies, call around and see what you get - worst case scenario they say no!
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Polynesiac
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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2079
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2008-02-14 11:59 am   Permalink

Colorado? arn't there a lot of trees in colorado? Search the woods for fallen lumber (that's not decomposing), or listen for the wonderful sounds of chainsaws...that's always the best way to find cheap wood.

Like hewey said too - find a saw mill. I'm sure you got a few up in colorado.

good luck!
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Boytiki
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Posted: 2008-02-19 4:49 pm   Permalink

What about wood in Kentucky?

 
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