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Tiki V
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From: Eastern NC
Posted: 2010-06-01 1:07 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the positive remarks. I know it's been a while. I just retired yesterday officially so I'll have more time to carve. Not next week though. I'll be at the Hukilau 2010 in FLA .

 
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mieko
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2010-06-01 2:42 pm   Permalink

Congrats on the retirement! And welcome back! I've helped my mom working with some stuff on tufa. It's a neat medium. Next year you'll have to vend at Hukilau and sell all the cool stuff you'll make in the next year.


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metalhead
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Joined: May 09, 2010
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From: Vantucky, Wa
Posted: 2010-06-01 4:31 pm   Permalink

These are pretty cool!!! I've been making tiki's out of steel. I love how people find their nitches!

Keep up the good work! Congrats on the retirement!



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Tiki V
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From: Eastern NC
Posted: 2010-06-02 05:36 am   Permalink

Metalhead, I've seen your metal Tiki's and they're great. I've always wanted to work with metal. I might try something in metal in a few months. If anyone's interested I used to go by the name of alexdog1 and have some posts of other tikis under that name.

 
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2010-06-02 9:19 pm   Permalink

Love it! How do you keep them from crackin? ( when you chisel)

 
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Tiki V
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From: Eastern NC
Posted: 2010-06-03 07:29 am   Permalink

They're fairly soft for about 5 days as long as they're in their forms. It's more of a scraping and gouging operation (no mallet). Once they're out of their forms, they start to dry out and get hard so you have to basically carve them until they're done. I let them sit out in the sun after carving for a few days to dry out and then spray on some concrete protectant. I have several that have been outside for almost 3 years now with no problems.

 
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pjc5150
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From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2010-06-03 08:44 am   Permalink

dude....is that cement?

That kicks ass!!!

I totally want to make one!!!!


 
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Tiki V
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From: Eastern NC
Posted: 2010-06-03 12:53 pm   Permalink

It's 1/3 portland cement, 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 sphagum moss. You can get all this stuff at a home improvement store like lowes or home depot.

 
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seeksurf
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Posted: 2010-06-03 5:44 pm   Permalink

cool!

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2010-06-03 5:52 pm   Permalink

Thats very cool & I would like to try it out, feel like giving us some pointers on how to get started?

 
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Tiki V
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From: Eastern NC
Posted: 2010-06-03 6:33 pm   Permalink

The easiest way to get started is to mix the stuff up and pour it into one of those cardboard tubes that they use as concrete forms (see it laying on the ground in the first pic). Coat the inside of the form with some spray cooking oil. I let it sit for at least 24 hrs. but usually 2 days is best. I've actually waited 5 days before carving. Draw up a design then when you cut the tube open use chalk or a shape tool to draw the your design on the tufa log. After that it's just trial and error. It's pretty inexpensive so if you mess up, you can start a new one and you haven't screwed up a nice wood log. I'm interested in seeing what y'all come up with.

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2010-06-03 7:22 pm   Permalink

Thanks Tiki V!

 
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tikigodz
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Posted: 2010-06-03 8:11 pm   Permalink

Really authentic looking
How do you make your molds ?
Ideffinitly got make one of those!


 
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Tiki V
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From: Eastern NC
Posted: 2010-06-04 05:38 am   Permalink

The only thing that I mold is the log shaped piece of tufa. For this I use a cardboard tube (in first pic) or round metal air vent. Once you make the log, you just carve like you would a log except no mallet.

 
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Polynesiac
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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
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From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2010-06-04 10:46 am   Permalink

Really impressive carves, especially the last one. Very vintage looking both in texture and design and the fact it only took 4 hours is awesome!

I'm curious about carving the concrete - you say you don't have to use a mallet, so that means the concrete is still pretty soft? is it dusty, like carving AAC or does the dust only start once the mixture really begins to dry?

Sorry about all the questions, but I've wanted to do a concrete tiki for some time, and my lungs can't stand the dust (like what AAC produces) even with top notch protection masks.

I'm looking forward to seeing what else you produce!!!!
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