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Palm Frond Masks
MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2008-05-09 11:33 am   Permalink

I'm kinda new around here. I did a search for palm frond mask but didn't find anything. Are they considered legitimate art or are they the bastard stepchild of tikidom? Here's a few I've made. They are several years old and outdoors, but a coat of spray shellac, a little paint, and some new sisal hair revives them.

They are a great project for the "artistically challenged" like myself. I use Canary Island palm fronds, they have a hard "shell" on the outside and soft wood (like balsa) inside. I use a Dremel to cut the outline and a knife to chip away the shell from the carved areas. A little black paint to the carved areas and you're done.
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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
Posts: 1013
From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-05-14 6:59 pm   Permalink

Hello, MadDogMike, and welcome. I like the cluster of masks, I think they're more impressive together. Good work, I can't believe you could find material from the Canary islands!

 
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octopussy
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Posted: 2008-05-15 05:30 am   Permalink

Hi MaddogMike,

Cool stuff there, I like the upper right one best. But they look great all together.



 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2008-05-15 3:45 pm   Permalink

Thank you. Robb, I had 5 full-grown trees imported from the Canary Islands so I would have an endelss supply of fronds Octopussy, that's my fav too, looks very Polynesian to me. The one on the bottom right has the top of his head hollowed out, sometime I plant little palm trees in it for "hair"
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blindy the pirate
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Joined: Jan 21, 2008
Posts: 160
From: Tallahassee FL
Posted: 2008-05-16 06:32 am   Permalink

When I saw this one,


it made me think of this:

:razz:

Keep at it, the potential is there for some great stuff. Having a nearly endless supply is awesome.

The need for artistic talent can be highly overrated, if the love for the subject is true. As a fellow artistically challenged carver, I know.


 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2008-06-06 8:09 pm   Permalink

OK, I'm at it again. Here are 2 I carved to look like me and the missus - the resemblance is uncanny



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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
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From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-06-23 4:01 pm   Permalink

Check it out! I gots me an original, superslick MadDogMike mask. Thanks Mike. The finish is excellent, I hope the pic shows it. It looks like a prop from a vintage Tiki bar. The cord ears are way, way too cool.

I think it matches my Tiki, Shuggie, really well. They have the same, sculpted-out style.



 
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Sneakytiki
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Joined: Mar 31, 2003
Posts: 1795
From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2008-06-23 7:54 pm   Permalink

Nice score Robb! MDM, the lower right mask in the group photo is my personal fave, rings true in a kitschy way but still has an almost "authentic tribal" look to it.
Sweet!


 
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