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Carving Basics and questions
The Lounge Tiki
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Joined: May 10, 2009
Posts: 91
From: Chiwai'i (Chicago)
Posted: 2009-05-15 10:36 pm   Permalink

Aloha!
I have been reading around this section getting ideas of tools to use to carve and some design ideas. However, I searched around, and I can't seem to find answers to some questions I have. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

- What's a good way to keep wood from drying up and splitting once I've started carving a tiki that will take more than a day or two?

- Are the regular chisels you can get at menards with one side at angled okay to carve with? Or should I grind the tip to something else?

- What is a generally good type of finish to put on a tiki? I was thinking stain under polyurethane, but I was wondering if there's a more durable finishing soloution.

I still have a while since I'm still trying to get some wood (heh) and nobody is having a tree removed right now. Once again, any advice is greatly appreciated.

-LT


 
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tiki beat by marcus thorn
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Joined: Jun 01, 2005
Posts: 719
From: A Little Island called Australia
Posted: 2009-05-16 12:20 am   Permalink

Aloha - I hope I can help you with some info from my experience

Wood drying out can be avoided by applying laquer to both ends of the log = this seems to slow down the drying out process. I know some old guys dip their wood in wax.

One sided angled chisels is what you want to start off with - then start getting creative with "half Moon" shaped chisels. I still use the first one sided chisel on my work and only paid $15.00 new.

To stain and gloss I use one that is satin finish laquer,it has the colour stain mixed in it - you can get different finishes , jarra, or walnut etc.

Have you contacted your local tip/dump/refuge? I dont know what you guys call it but where your rubbish goes. Often you can find heaps off cuts there. People forget that this is a good place for getting logs.

Best of luck with your carving and let me know if I can help you out anymore.


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Cammo
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Joined: May 18, 2006
Posts: 1951
From: San Diego
Posted: 2009-05-16 4:42 pm   Permalink

"Wood drying out can be avoided by applying laquer to both ends of the log = this seems to slow down the drying out process."

IT DOES????


 
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Cap'n Pharaoh
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Joined: May 07, 2009
Posts: 94
From: THE TASMAN SEA
Posted: 2009-05-16 5:33 pm   Permalink

Ahoy Marcus,
Have you ever lacquered sealed, fresh palm woods, Just wondering since there is so much moisture in those scallywags, would they be prone to rot?
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tikibad
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Joined: Oct 07, 2008
Posts: 109
From: Scottsdale AZ
Posted: 2009-05-16 6:19 pm   Permalink

I ran an ad on craigs list for palm logs and boy did I get them 16 8' x 18'' for free and cleaned ready to go. Try that

 
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The Lounge Tiki
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Joined: May 10, 2009
Posts: 91
From: Chiwai'i (Chicago)
Posted: 2009-05-16 11:18 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Marcus and Tikibad!

Marcus: I'll definitley try the lacquer on both ends. And I actually (literally) stumbled upon some logs today. I was walking my dog in the forest, and there was the city tree removal taking out some Dutch Elms. I took a few to practice on. I don't expect them to turn out very good since it's my first try.

Tikibad: I never even though of that. Great idea! However, I'm afraid to advertise that "I need wood" in Chicago, but I'll give it a shot. Who knows, maybe I can get some interesting wood out of it.

Once again, mahalo!
-LT


 
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