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My First Tiki
King-bilt
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Joined: Mar 21, 2008
Posts: 23
From: Fullerton Ca
Posted: 2008-03-27 9:05 pm   Permalink

Well thanks for a lot of advice and tips everything i've read has helped in one way or another. Not only is this my first picture post but aslo my first tiki. Hopefully the pics show up.
Thanks again for all the advice.

Here's my 40in by 15 in Mexican Fan palm log



Progress after my first day



Next day refining


I only used the aqua net for the back and the fuzzies, I bought a cheap little torch for all the detail burns. I just thought this looked cool.


After Burning


A little walnut stain from a friends garage...


It's 8pm and my tiki is currently air drying...


I started with a new untouched log yesterday morning and have a tiki I'm truly proud of today. I used a variety of tools from a small electric chainsaw to an assortment of hand carving tools.




Any advice is desired and appreciated, thanks again for all the educational posts.


 
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harro
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Joined: Sep 05, 2005
Posts: 681
From: Australia / Argentina
Posted: 2008-03-28 05:27 am   Permalink

great first tiki - and damn fast too!

welcome to TC, keep posting.


 
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Trader Tark
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Joined: Nov 11, 2007
Posts: 44
From: Sunny Brighton UK
Posted: 2008-03-28 05:31 am   Permalink

Your first one ?
Its fantastic ! Good work !

Tark


 
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2470
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2008-03-28 06:31 am   Permalink

Looking good new tiki guy!
Welcome to the tribe.


 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10365
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2008-03-28 09:06 am   Permalink

Ditto what those guys said King-bilt and COOL Finish job too.


 
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tikigap
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Joined: Jan 19, 2006
Posts: 838
From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2008-03-28 09:23 am   Permalink

I really am diggin' the aquaNet blow torch. Nice stuff!

 
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surfintiki
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Joined: Sep 30, 2004
Posts: 1574
From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2008-03-28 10:09 am   Permalink

Beautimus! Fantastic for 1st one out. Now you know what to do, so go crank your next!

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2158
From: So FL
Posted: 2008-03-28 11:45 am   Permalink

Please tell me you didn't use the Aquanet to burn this!! Great job on this one. Now that the carving bug has bitten, when can we expect the next one?

 
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canyonlaketiki
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Joined: Jun 11, 2004
Posts: 100
From: canyon lake ca
Posted: 2008-03-28 11:54 am   Permalink

That is a killer first tiki,Keep up the good work.

 
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King-bilt
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Joined: Mar 21, 2008
Posts: 23
From: Fullerton Ca
Posted: 2008-03-28 12:10 pm   Permalink

I'm going to put a two tone stain on this one to finish it off, then the tiki ski is the limit. I need to either purchase a wood planner to remove the bark or something because that whole process ate up most of my time.

Does anyone have any cheaper tips than a wood planner for removing the bark?

And has anyone carved in yucaliptus, I know it burns well in my fire place but what is it like for tiki's?

Thanks again for all those who place advice on this site it is really helpful.

More finished pics to come.

PEACE AND CHICKEN grease
King-bilt OUT...


 
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Flat Black
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Joined: Feb 14, 2008
Posts: 116
From: Chicagoland
Posted: 2008-03-28 12:24 pm   Permalink

That is an amazing first tiki!

The aqua-net blow torch made me laugh, we used to use that stuff to power potato cannons. Super flammable.


 
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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4278
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2008-03-28 5:22 pm   Permalink

Great first tiki mate, you've obviously done your homework, and you've got "the eye" for it too

My recommendation would be to invest in a small propane torch (like the one below). You get a much more controllable flame, so you can detail the tiki a lot better. Mine cost $15 from a local hardware store.


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And has anyone carved in yucaliptus, I know it burns well in my fire place but what is it like for tiki's?



Euc is great for carving, but damn hard! I beleive Marcus uses it for most of his tikis, shown here with "Bongo the tiki"

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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
Posts: 2144
From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2008-03-28 9:31 pm   Permalink

Welcome, simply one of the best first tikis i have seen.
Nice work.


 
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King-bilt
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Joined: Mar 21, 2008
Posts: 23
From: Fullerton Ca
Posted: 2008-03-29 07:51 am   Permalink

Here's the finished product. The pics were taken by a good friend and an awesome photographer http://www.parris-studios.com/#. (Check out his blog). He came over for dinner and couldn't resist snapping a few pics, he's trully a talent. Thanks again for all the support Mahalo.


My first Tiki ever, and one to remember...





Thanks Again


Let me know what you think of the tiki and my hand painted sign.

Peace and Chicken Grease
King, out

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kroozzn62
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Joined: Nov 08, 2006
Posts: 122
Posted: 2008-04-01 03:06 am   Permalink

sweet first attempt

 
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