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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2011-09-19 09:00 am   Permalink

Sacks o Jellies are gone! You can surf now. They were the worst in 35 yrs some say.


Mahalo


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pjc5150
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Joined: Jun 01, 2009
Posts: 2224
From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2011-09-19 12:19 pm   Permalink

yeah, I heard they're finally starting to subside a bit. I'm really glad about that.

And hey, Marcus Thorn, thanks a bunch man. It's always nice getting props from a guy who's work you really respect. Mahalo brother....

So I'm really stoked guys....!

I did a bid for a beachfront restaurant & bar like a month ago, and I thought they were blowing me off because I called the dude a few times & never heard back, but today I got a return e-mail & they're interested and want me to come down & discuss things further. It'll be my first commercial type of job so I want to make sure that they're really happy. They're going to get some really nice tikis for their money (I bid it pretty high to give myself plenty of room). I want to leave there knowing that they have some of the coolest tikis on their littls stretch of the beach.

I'll be there working on stuff during business hours so I'll have lots of business cards to hand out for sure, as well as some tikis in the truck just in case. This may be a really good opportunity to have some of my tikis out where people will see them & also do a demo that will last at least a week (and hopefully get a little business out of that).

That new truck couldn't have come at a better time. I may have to go and find a motel near where I'm working (it's an hour away) & see if I can work a trade for a few nights stay. I'm really excited about what could be my first big tiki gig! And an "on the road" gig at that! (well, kinda)





 
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TheBigT
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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
Posts: 1245
From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2011-09-19 8:13 pm   Permalink

hey pjc, congrats on the new gig. good luck and keep us posted on it!


 
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pjc5150
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Joined: Jun 01, 2009
Posts: 2224
From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2011-09-20 08:24 am   Permalink

Thanks T. I'm going down there in the morning to try to seal the deal. They want "happy tikis", which will be a bit of a departure from the angry screaming ones I usually do, but either way I'm really hoping it works out & I get the gig.

And here's a little off-topic new project I picked up yesterday:

Early to mid 50's Rollfast Deluxe...I've been working on a '66 Schwinn Typhoon, and it should be back from the powder coating shop any day now, and that'll be my first full-on bare-metal resto-mod. This one will be the second. And now that I have a pickup I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a adult trike to make a tiki-themed hauler with a big bamboo basket on back...



 
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NIxxon
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Joined: Dec 22, 2010
Posts: 496
Posted: 2011-09-20 12:24 pm   Permalink

Hey that's great news bro! Good luck with that project. Sounds like a nice way to build some credibility and use as a reference for further projects down the road...keep us posted.

 
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pjc5150
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Joined: Jun 01, 2009
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From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2011-09-22 08:38 am   Permalink

well, I'm pretty happy. I went down there & the palms are in good shape, and they accepted my bid, so I start Wednesday!

My first commercial gig!


 
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NIxxon
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Joined: Dec 22, 2010
Posts: 496
Posted: 2011-09-23 09:42 am   Permalink

That's awesome Bro...congrats! Post pics when ya got em! Cant wait to see what you come up with...

 
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pjc5150
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Joined: Jun 01, 2009
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From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2011-09-26 09:35 am   Permalink

I just wanted to say thanks here to Benz for the privilege of spending a few hours with him in the workshop learning stuff.

I swear I learned more in 2 1/2 hours than I have in the last 2 1/2 YEARS!

It was awesome, and I feel like it opened so many doors.

I know you're not online a lot & may not see this, but I really appreciate the time you gave me on saturday Benz. Thanks man.


 
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pjc5150
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Joined: Jun 01, 2009
Posts: 2224
From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2011-09-27 10:05 pm   Permalink

So, it's official...I am abandoning the "dark side".

From here on, I am focused on working way more with knives & chisels and minimizing my use of power tools.

I've always used them for finishing, but after being "shown the way" I feel myself entering into a new era where knives & chisels account for a much larger part of my work & only use power tools when necessary (like cutting logs & super rough work). I feel really good about this whole thing.

I still love my chainsaw, and respect anyone who carves regardless of what tools they use, but the more I hold & use blades the more "home" I feel.

I am going to carve some small pieces with these little knives that I've never really used until today, try to apply some lessons and make myself a little more well-rounded and complete as a carver....

I bought some really sick Pfeilss today and this little flexcut knife, and some other stuff...



 
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Watango productions
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Joined: Mar 20, 2008
Posts: 471
From: Melb,Australia.
Posted: 2011-09-28 01:17 am   Permalink

Man thats one sweet pushy,I've got a few mates that dig their old schwinns but your rollfast should come up a treat.

Back to the subject though its kool that your try'n your hand at the chisels,should add a whole new facet to your carv'n
and that cedar looks as if it would be rad for sharp detail.Cheers Watango


 
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Will carve
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Joined: Apr 06, 2011
Posts: 537
From: Ft. Lauderdale Fl.
Posted: 2011-09-28 03:56 am   Permalink

Welcome aboard.

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2135
From: So FL
Posted: 2011-09-28 08:10 am   Permalink

Its good to hear that you drank the juice. Don't give up on the power tools completely. If you have plans to be commercial with your carving - time and effort will often come into play. Chisels and knives will take your carving up a notch or two. Learning new tools and techniques is always fun! The most intimidating part is learning to sharpen - a dull blade is more dangerous than a sharp one (you place more pressure on the blades and thats when accidents happen).

Basswood is a great wood the prctice with. I also suggest getting a glove or a big box of bandaids.


 
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NIxxon
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Joined: Dec 22, 2010
Posts: 496
Posted: 2011-09-28 09:25 am   Permalink

Good luck with the new venture...definitely sounds like the passion is already there.

Cant wait to see what ya come up with.


 
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pjc5150
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Joined: Jun 01, 2009
Posts: 2224
From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2011-09-29 3:32 pm   Permalink

Well, here's a pic of where I'm working. It's a pretty sweet place to carve! As you can see I brought one of my old bikes with me, so basically I carve for an hour or 2, and then throw the shirt off and take a bike ride down the beach to cool off. It's awesome. And they're paying me well.

Today I stripped 'em & drew 'em out, tomorrow I start tearing into 'em.

Thanks everyone!

And Tom & Will, thanks guys. You 2 guys & Benz are like the 3 Florida wise-men in my book. You guys inspire me.



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NIxxon
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Joined: Dec 22, 2010
Posts: 496
Posted: 2011-09-29 3:43 pm   Permalink

dude that is sick! Looks like a great place to carve and some nice big palms to display your work. Congrats again on securing your first big job and keep us posted for sure...happy carving!

 
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