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pjc5150
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From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2013-11-17 09:38 am   Permalink

lol, yeah Andy, that is Dinky, and she pretty much follows me to wherever it is I'm working, and then finds a place to sleep... that's ma bebe, "shop dog", and surf soul tiki mascot... dogs rule... although some weirdos like Will prefer the company of lizards... lol...

And hey bro, I hope you're plannin' on comin' back to the Hukilau this year & bringin' stuff...

so yeah, here's a new project... commished by a guy who's like a regional sales director over at Corona Beer... nice dude, said he saw one like this at a hotel on the wall, and wanted something like it...

Benz hooked me up with this slab like a year ago & now I'm finally putting it to good use... never done a piece like this before, so I'm kinda nervous cuttin' it.... and wow, this mahogany is hard as shit... lol..







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pjc5150
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Posted: 2013-11-17 09:45 am   Permalink

^ not bad rough cut considering I did it with a big-ass echo 600 tree saw, and then a quick cleanup with the angle (just so I didn't have to look at a bunch of ugly tool marks).... my new makita electric is in between blades at the moment, and I have to special order them since there's nowhere local that carries 'em... what a pain in the ass...

lol...


 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2013-11-17 10:39 am   Permalink





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pjc5150
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Posted: 2013-11-17 10:44 am   Permalink

oh yeah, and here's a little something else goin' on in the carport...

basically just an in-process rough repro of a tiki that was at the mai kai back in '62...





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hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2013-11-17 11:09 am   Permalink

Wow that picture of Mai Kai is one of the best I have seen. Can you post progress pictures of the Mai Kai piece. It is an interesting project.

 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2013-11-17 3:39 pm   Permalink





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pjc5150
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Posted: 2013-11-19 08:49 am   Permalink

ok, this one is coming along nicely...

and this is without a doubt the most beautiful piece of wood I've ever cut into...







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Atomic Mess
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Posted: 2013-11-20 07:18 am   Permalink

looking good Jeff, how are liking carving Mahogany? I've never seen it with spalting before, looks cool...

 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2013-11-20 08:07 am   Permalink

yeah, but one thing I'm kinda realizing is that with all the different types of mahongany, saying that you're "carving mahohany" is a little like saying "I'm driving a ford".... (could be an escort, could be a shelby..)

I had a piece of Honduran mahogany & wasn't crazy about it... it was brittle & extremely chippy, and wasn't anything that great about how it looked... it was very mediocre all the way around & to be honest I found myself very disappointed with that whole experience (I was like "THIS is what all the fuss is about???") but THIS stuff is absolutely dreamy... I just love it...


 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
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From: So FL
Posted: 2013-11-20 11:03 am   Permalink

The difference may have been that the imported stuff was dried (possibly kiln dried). Carving wet wood is MUCH easier than dried wood.

 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2013-11-20 1:07 pm   Permalink

good point Tom....

and here it is done....

customer very happy...



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DHTiki
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From: Sunny Phoenix
Posted: 2013-11-21 09:13 am   Permalink

Beautiful work.

 
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amate
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Joined: Oct 03, 2009
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Posted: 2013-11-21 5:46 pm   Permalink

That hook turned out great! You guys must have some massive Bull Reds over your way
It looks easy to crack...handle with care...


 
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Atomic Mess
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Posted: 2013-11-22 02:43 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-11-20 08:07, pjc5150 wrote:
yeah, but one thing I'm kinda realizing is that with all the different types of mahongany, saying that you're "carving mahohany" is a little like saying "I'm driving a ford".... (could be an escort, could be a shelby..)



I know what you mean, I've been carving one piece and it's all good and then the next one will be really chippy and the grain's all over the place.

All the stuff I've carved up to date has been kiln dried, maybe I need to try 'wet' wood...not too much fresh Mahogany available in these parts though.

Nice finish on the hook btw.


 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2013-11-22 08:31 am   Permalink

wow, you've been carving the kiln-dried shit?

if you're ever down here I'll take you to the sawmill and get you a fresh wet piece of cypress... you'll think you died & went to heaven...


 
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