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Grand Poobah's Oasis Update
seeksurf
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2009-03-30 4:02 pm   Permalink

Good looking work keep them coming!

 
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Bowana
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Posted: 2009-03-31 5:32 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-03-29 17:51, Grand Poobah wrote:

the stain came out a little darker than I wanted. I hope this guy breathes a little deeply and soaks some in.



I think it's fine just like that. Not too much contrast or too little. It's just right!
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BUFFBAD
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From: Boca Raton, FLA
Posted: 2009-04-12 6:30 pm   Permalink

Your are off to a great start. Don't worry about negative comments that may come. Just have FUN !!!! Hopefully the positive comments and constructive criticism will help make your art your own. BUFFBAD

 
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Tikilizard
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Posted: 2009-04-13 10:34 am   Permalink

Nice starting tiki's! You have some nice depth and great detail. I really like the shark head tiki with the scales. I did one with scales about two years ago and what a pain to carve and sand. You have some serious starting talent to do that much detail. Can't wait to see what's next. Keep up the nice work and happy carving.

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Grand Poobah
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Joined: Dec 09, 2008
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From: Reading, PA
Posted: 2009-04-16 3:00 pm   Permalink

Thank you Bowana, Seeksurf, Buffbad, Tikilizard & benella for the nice comments. The feedback here is fantastic. I cant recall seeing a negative comment anywhere. The guy with the dark stain came out too dark. The flash from the camera is a little deceptive. I went back and sanded him down, leaving the dark stain in the recessed areas. I ended up leaving the pointy teeth unstained. It looks a bit more cartoonish, but I was happier with the color. Had I left it alone I would have always picked at it wishing the stain wasnt as dark. I also stained his brother the same way.



This other guy (turtle) had been close to being done, but I wanted to clean up a few details before I put some stain to him. I just saw another post where a carver had torched his tiki for the first time. The wood grain really popped and it looked nice. I wanted some grain to show as well, but I tried to sand it as much as possible, but the grain would still not pop the way was hoping. I tried to use the torch and I was glad I did. (although I got a little too close to the turtle and he actually caught fire! ) Luckily no turtle soup was made.


The weather is getting a bit warmer up here. I have been building a pondess waterfall for my backyard. Eventually I hope to begin to place these guys outside in the yard. I have been spending the time on the waterfall. It is almost done. I have to put some landscaping around it to help it blend in a bit.



 
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seeksurf
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Posted: 2009-04-16 10:44 pm   Permalink

Right on jumping right in. I like the turtle and the body on this guy.

 
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Grand Poobah
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From: Reading, PA
Posted: 2009-05-23 06:58 am   Permalink

WOW, there has been such great stuff posted. I haven't been able to get much done up until recently; baseball games, communions, yard work, oh and a little inconvenience called work. I was finally able to complete these guys and put them outside. The happy tiki had an arm added so that could make it appear as if he is holding a tiki torch (the torches are solar, pretty cool as they flicker at night.) I have placed them all around the back yard, added a cold hardy yucca tree and the transformation of my back yard has slowly begun. I intend to plant some other hardy tropical looking stuff, little by little. An aside note: Although I may still may be green I can't hide under the guise of a being a new member. I have been looking for info on how to change the title of my post. I know it can be done, in fact I think I remember reading somewhere; however I can't remember where I found the info. any help would be appreciated and I apologize for not paying attention.


the two heads on the deck

my easter island head, hiding in the plants

my happy tiki holding a torch

this guy along side of the yucca tree


putting it altogether!



 
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laojia
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From: Metz Lorraine France
Posted: 2009-05-23 07:15 am   Permalink

Congrat! Nice place to take some drink!
To change the title of your topic you must get back on your first post and click on "edit".

Good continuation!


 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-05-23 10:33 am   Permalink

Grand Poobah, you are creating a Super nice, relaxing space out there in the desert, Your tikis have some Nice crisp detail with great original ideas. Keep the good stuff coming.
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Grand Poobah
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From: Reading, PA
Posted: 2009-05-23 11:29 am   Permalink

Thanks for the posting tip Laojia, it looks as if me can lurn! It really has turned into a nice place to wind down at night and have a few. Hearing the waterfall and justing sitting there is very relaxing. My wife loves it too ( iwasn't sure how she would feel when I started this project) I intend to spread out and take over the yard eventually. Right now I have to contend with a few little people who may protest so I will have to take what I can get.

Thanks for the kind words Bezart and laojia there are much appreciated.


 
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TikiMango
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From: Satellite Beach, FL
Posted: 2009-05-23 1:49 pm   Permalink

The pond-less waterfall looks great. Your tikis are coming along nicely, and are bigger than what the individual images made them appear. You can really see their size in their new home.

 
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Grand Poobah
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From: Reading, PA
Posted: 2009-08-25 04:49 am   Permalink

I had spent the early part of the summer working on the landscaping in the yard. I was able to find a few tropical plants that will (hopefully) last through the winter. After a while I wanted to update an old sign I had made several years ago. Here is the yard and the sign.



I then carved this guy. Sanding sure is a drag. I had again stained it and was immediately unhappy as I could not see any grain but could see a lot of imperfections. I sanded him down and torched him. The grain really popped.




I had started working on the next one when a neighbor asked if she could buy one! She was interested in the oak tiki I had carved (the first one I made). My wife said the others were off limits. I could make a new one or sell one that hadn't made it to the yard. The oak tiki was not my favorite. In fact I have never completed it as I was unhappy with his body. I told my neighbor that I would have to work on him a bit more. I cleaned him a good deal and then torched him. The grain came through nicely. I sold him for $100. I wasn't sure what to charge as I never really gave a whole lot of thought to selling these guys. My wife thinks I could have charged more as she said I had worked so hard on it, but I didn'tt want to overcharge either. I must admit it felt really good to have someone appreciate something I created to the point where they actually paid money to have it. This brings me to a question: How do those of you who sell your work arrive at a price?



Here is the next guy I am working on. I am really happy with the fingers and toes as they seem to resemble hands and feet this time. You can see that he developed a nice check right through the eye! I am really growing frustrated with the sanding part. My goal is to sand him as smooth as possible. I I will sand and sand, file, sand again while working up the grits, but it seems like I make little progress. I ended up throwing in the towel on the sanding. I began to burn him and immediately panicked as all of the imperfections jumped right out. I calmed down and began to stain him. As I did the grain started to pop out and the imperfections started to fade. I feel like I am chasing the white whale!



Finally my wife and I are hoping to get away for a week. We were sucked into a time share (I can hear some of laughing!) several years ago. We were looking to exchange into the Tahiti Village in Las Vegas. It looks very nice from what I can see from the web site. There is also a tiki bar called Tahiti Joes. If anyone has any goods on the place your advice would be appreciated. Thanks for looking.


 
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TikiMango
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Posted: 2009-08-25 10:03 am   Permalink

Your latest creations are really great! Leaps and bounds I tell ya...

 
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nomolos
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Posted: 2009-08-26 07:16 am   Permalink

That last tiki is excellent

 
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Grand Poobah
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From: Reading, PA
Posted: 2009-08-26 2:05 pm   Permalink

Thanks Nomolos and Tiki Mango for the nice comments. I let the stain dry for a day and I was still not happy with the finish. So once again I decided to sand the damn thing back down as I knew I would not be happy and would pick at it. I really worked back the grain this time, probably should have done it before. This time I took it down to 220. The stain does not suck in as much and so the grain seemed to stand out much better. (Most of you I am sure are saying "well duh") I must start filing away this information and putting it to use in the future. But I will miss the Christmas cards from the sandpaper company as I might be single handedly keeping them in business!




close up look at the grain and his fingers and toes



Thanks again for looking


 
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