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Lurking Tikiphite finally posts his work. . .(10-2-10 new pics, tiki # 10, 11 now posted)
tiki_tim
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Joined: Dec 06, 2007
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From: Colorado, USA
Posted: 2008-04-30 7:42 pm   Permalink

First thanks to everyone out there who posts up their work, and their feedback. It's you guys/gals who make up this awesome sub-culture known as tikicentral. It's hard to post up my primitive attempts in the presence of such good artists, but everyone starts somewhere right? hehehe.

I have been lurking around here for a couple years, getting ideas, reading up, making notes, etc. Have been working on a tikibar in my basement for a while now (they are never done), and creating things to decorate it. I will post up pics of the bar a little later.

Anyhow, I will post up my first tiki which I carved about a year ago. (I have done 2 more since, will post them up later too). This one came from an inspiration I got from a friend who sent me the following pic from a putt-putt course on the El Camino Real in Sunnyvale, CA: (some of you may recognize it).



When he sent me that pic I thought, "This is what I have been waiting for, something to inspire me to carve!" Well I took a shot at it. Of course it barely resembles the original, but oh well.



The wood is part of a tree trunk from an Aspen tree I cut down in my backyard. I dried it for 6 months or more, pretty soft and easy to work with. It's about 12" tall, not counting the hairdoo.

The hair is actually made from taking leaves from cat-tails and tearing them into thin strips. Some of the wet strips were ran across a scissor blade to give him some curl. Each strand was then pushed into a hole I pre-burrowed into his skull and filled with a small bit of glue. Just like the hair club for men! The hair doesn't really look like the thatch on the original, but hey, my guy is balding.

I carved it mostly with a dremel, some of the mouth wood I removed with a chisel. Lightly sanded/stained, and some acrylic paint.

All in all, I am fairly happy with my first foray into this diversion. More to come later.



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Benzart
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Posted: 2008-04-30 7:51 pm   Permalink

You SHOULD be Happy with this Tiki. For a First it is WAY Excellent, Hell for a 50th it is Still excellent. I think you have the gift, you just have to carve a bunch for us to find out. Big Welcome to TC for finally coming in from the Lurker ranks!
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WooHooWahine
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Posted: 2008-04-30 8:26 pm   Permalink

WooHoo!! Keep on carving

 
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King-bilt
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Posted: 2008-05-01 09:17 am   Permalink

Good looking tiki, the hair is certainly a nice touch. Keep the posts coming.

 
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tiki_tim
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Posted: 2008-05-13 5:30 pm   Permalink

This 2nd tiki was inspired by King-Bilt's recent work. His thread is http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=27837&forum=7&14
Wanted to try some new burs and work on technique (I will work on my design abilities later, hope you dont mind King).

This was done on lodgepole pine, which had been sitting outside for a LONG time. The thing I really like about this tiki is the cracks in the wood, which makes it look very primitive, like it's been out in the jungle for years. . .

It's about 18 inches tall 4 inches in diameter. Done with die grinder & some harbor freight burs, also a dremel for fine work. No sanding done to speak of, which is reflected in the primitive look.

Light amounts of acrylic paint used for teeth. Some stain for dark recessed areas. Careful inspection will reveal some tartar on the poor guys teeth, needs to see a dentist eh?





I have done another tiki since, will post shortly. Also will begin to post pics of my bar, which is pretty much done (if you can ever say they are done .. . .)



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tiki_tim
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Posted: 2008-11-30 3:04 pm   Permalink

Tiki #3, wanted to go for a nautical theme, somthing campy for my bar. Well, I certainly got campy down See below pics. Not many taken during the job, just a few during painting, and a final shot.

Wood type is pine. Carving done with dremel & die grinder using HF burr bits. Named this tiki Capt'n Tim.









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tiki_tim
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Posted: 2008-11-30 3:11 pm   Permalink

Tiki #4 - Wanted to give away a tiki to a good fried who works at the Shane Company (jewelry store). I carved it from pine (similar to previous tiki) and stained it with dark stain. Named it diamondhead (jeeze. . .)
My friend seemed to really like it (maybe he was being kind). Anyhow I had fun carving it.





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tiki_tim
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Posted: 2008-11-30 3:22 pm   Permalink

Tiki #5. Wanted to do another one to give away. This one I gave to my brother and sister in law, for thier houseboat. This one I named KonTiki, working on the whole boat voyage theme. Pics below show him sitting proudly on the bridge of the houseboat, looking over them while on Lake Powell.




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tiki_tim
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Posted: 2008-11-30 3:46 pm   Permalink

tiki #6.
wanted to go for something from the BOT, so went for the good old SB. Was pretty far into it and didn't like his face. Ground it all down to flat face, and started over. Went pretty far and later didn't like his lips. ground those off and then carved new ones and glued them into place. (lip transplant). Turned out ok. This time I used a angle grinder with a Lancelot wheel on it, to take off lots of wood quick. Worked pretty well. It's like a chain saw on a grinding wheel. Wheel and new lips shown in first pic below. Had a lot of fun carving this one.

Carved from a pine log I brough home from camping (beetle kill). Debarked and trimed down to size with chain saw. Lancelot for rough out, die grinder with HF burrs for medium shaping, dremel for fine detail. Also used sand wheel flaps on the angle grinder for rough sanding.

He seems to be happy living on my bar.







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tiki_tim
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Posted: 2008-11-30 4:20 pm   Permalink

Carving #7.

Saw a real cool set of shelves on EBAY, which inspired the next carving. Used 4x4 wood I found laying around the house, and a pine plank I bought at Lowes. I have a lot of images below, so people can see the process of how they were done. Nothing special here, again using the same tools mentioned above. Used a compound saw for the mouths. Used a drill press and some mil bits to mil out the backside for the "screw holes" I bought at Lowes (about $1 per).

The grain of the wood was a bit tricky to work with. The light parts of the wood were very soft, the dark "veins" were hard, so carving with power tools often didn't work out like I expected, the bits would dive down into the soft areas for uneven cuts. Had to get used to that.

Regarding staining, I stained it and let it dry for about 1.5 hours. Then I hit it right away with clear laquer. This had an interesting effect, as the lighter areas of the wood gave up their stain, becoming ever lighter. This really brought out the grain effects of the wood. Turned out kinda neat, I thought. . .

Had a lot of fun carving this one too.












nice grain features

done staining figures

done staining slats


working on "screw holes"

routing out space for "screw holes"


mounted on wall


in use


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Posted: 2008-11-30 4:28 pm   Permalink

Wow, in less than an hour an half you carved 6 nice tikis! The suffering bastard tiki and the shelf show much you have progressed. Good job and post more often as you carve.

 
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tikithomas08
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Posted: 2008-11-30 9:40 pm   Permalink

cool stuff,man! that shelf is rad

 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2008-12-01 07:03 am   Permalink

Well I'll tell you, there is nothing here to be ashamed of, they are All excellent and I Love how you are getting a Beautiful smoothe finish,, Well done. Your skills are getting better with each carve now just work more into the traditional tiki like the SB and you'll REALLY be looking Great.
Now down to the Safety thing! I saw your Lancelot but not sure I saw the Safety guard on the unit or not placed properly! Forgive me if I am mistaken as only a part of the tool is visible. I Know the guard gets in the way and you are sure you can control it, BUT, Without the guard in place, TERRIBLE Things are Waiting to happen. (see a previous Lancelot Disaster on ABC's Sunday night home renovation show. The carpenter almost lost his hand because the guard"Was In The WAY". If it is not in place, Please attach it!
IF you want to make the Lancelot Safer and more controllable, get a Router Speed control unit and slow it down. You will be Amazed at how much more comfortable it will be to use. You can get it
HERE and DON'T use the cheap one from here or Harbor freight tools, they have no torque and will bog the grinder down considerably. It is great for other toools too loke die grinders, sanders and other brushless tools
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OK, Continue your great carvings!
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tiki_tim
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Posted: 2008-12-01 07:49 am   Permalink

Johhny, yep an hour and a half was all I needed. That was a time span of about 9 months or so, just got behind in my posting. Point well taken though.

Thomas, thanks dude. Wish I would have come up with the shelf idea myself. . . .

Ben, thanks for the kind words. They mean a lot coming from someone with your talent, thanks! I do intend on going for some full body/headdress Hawaiian types like those shown in BOT. Probably after a couple little projects I am cooking up. Regarding safety, I am not sure why that gaurd isn't visible in my pics, but it IS on there. I wouldn't operate that tool without it, as that Lancelot scares the hell outta me! heheheh. Thanks for the link to the variable speed controller, but unfortunatly, my grinder is an air tool. I do have some speed control via the paddle switch (pressure). I do really appreciate you bringing up the safety issue though. It reminds us all that while this is supposed to be fun, we need to be safe too.
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Posted: 2009-04-22 7:12 pm   Permalink

Here is a new one I did a few weeks back for my buddy Bill. Ended up a LOT thinner than originally planned. Grinded his face off several times before I had something I liked. Wood used was old Aspen tree from back yard. Named him Elemakule .







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