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How to carve a Pahu drum - lessons on YouTube
Tahitiki
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Posted: 2009-07-15 07:17 am   Permalink

Here is 10 lessons on YouTube on how to carve a Pahu drum:

http://www.youtube.com/user/AcadHawaiianArts

Makes me want to carve one... soon hopefully

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TheBigT
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Posted: 2009-07-15 09:16 am   Permalink

Thanks for the link! Good videos so far. I'm on part 4. I wonder if they used Buzzy as a consultant!



 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2009-07-28 11:24 am   Permalink

I thought I'd give one of these guys a try. I've been wanting to try making a drum without a fixed head for a while now. These look kind of simple and would be a good trial run for this type of head. I think I can knock one out in this style in about a day. I'm following the videos and basically making the same one they are.

At the end of the day yesterday, I got the log ready so I could jump right into it today. I'll go episode by episode with my progress here on this thread.


Episode 1: Defronding the log with a big pry bar. The way he does it looks a little labor intensive. I'd probably just use the draw knife or a razor blade to get rid of them.
My log came defonded:


Episode 2: Initial log stripping with the draw knife. If the skin was any thicker on my log, I would have used the draw knife like he did. I use the draw knife on about 70% of the logs I strip. I didn't need to do this step because just a couple passes with the trusty Ryobi planer didi the job.

Episode 3: I knew this guy knew what he was talking about when he pulled out the electric planer. I did this step exactly like he did.


Episode 4: Levelling the log. This was a good tutorial with the little wedge idea. I'll definitely start doing it that way. Now all I need is a level spot on my property...Only thing I do different is wait and do the top after it's hollowed. It's easier to level the rim as opposed to the entire plane of the log end. This is one of the hardest parts to get right. I used the chainsaw for the initial cut and will go back with an angle grinder and fix it up.



Epidode 5: Dividing up the log. I think I'll make a 2.75" foot, two 3" base sections and about 17.5" bell part.

Episode 6: math and drafting time. This is where I am now. I'll drag it up on the table, mark it out, and make the stencil.

Off to work!
Buzzy Out!




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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2009-07-28 1:36 pm   Permalink

Quick break update


I did the episode 6 work:

To make it work out correct, each part of the pedestal is 2 5/16" tall on mine. The width of the center line circles was 4 5/8". My log circumference was about 9 inches less than the one he used.


I'm going to bypass video 7 and hollow out both ends at the same time.

Video 8: Base carving Definitely have to know your tools and ability to tackle this part effectively. There are some challenging parts to this...
Working on that now. It gets quicker the more times you do it. After about 4, I have the tooling and process down. Now its just about the repetition:

It takes about 6-8 minutes avg per hole now. the first couple took about 10-13 minutes each as I figured out the quickest and best order of carving it out.

Back to it...
Buzzy Out!






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Tahitiki
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Posted: 2009-07-28 1:46 pm   Permalink

Great one, I'm getting ready to starts one as well.
Can't wait.


 
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tikiwinebear
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Posted: 2009-07-28 2:29 pm   Permalink

Fantastic step-by-step, Buzzy! Can't wait to see the final product. With your skills, I bet it will be one sweet drum. I can't even imagine how the ancients carved these without our modern tools!!

Aloha!
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KAHAKA
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Posted: 2009-07-28 2:37 pm   Permalink

Even with the modern tools, it looks like a lot of work! Nice job so far. The AHA tutorial was fun to watch.
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2009-07-28 3:52 pm   Permalink

Lunch break update:


Still on Video part 8. Here's the progress:

now I have to watch the video again and see how he did the details on this part:


I used only these tools for this part:


Profiles of most used tools:


back to it...
Buzzy Out!



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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2009-07-28 5:46 pm   Permalink

I think this will take me up to parts of video 9-10

I rounded the base for looks and so it will not chip, just like the video said. Also, I rounded the tops on the bottom row of arches:


now rounding off the tops of the arches on the top row:


The top row done the same way:


now the bottoms are rounded out on both rows:


the one in the video has two chambers. Mine will be hollowed out all the way. that part sucks to do. I think I need a turning tool gouge like i the video. Might save a few slams to the hand. In a few minutes, I'll get to hollowing it. My goal is to have that done by sunset.

I need to work fast, and I've been working real fast for a real long time.
Buzzy Out!

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-07-28 6:38 pm   Permalink

You're a carving monster Buzz! So what's the difference between the fixed drum head and the other (non-fixed?) Is one head tacked on and the other laced on?
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2009-07-28 10:19 pm   Permalink

Maddog: You're right. Some lashed drums like the one I'm making here:


My next step was to continue on with Episode 10 and hollow out the bottom:


It's the wet and soft part of the log so it comes out easier the deeper you go.

I did the same thing from top and met the holes up near the middle.

Finished it up with the sander on the inside after I had it close to the final width


I stopped when I could see daylight in the lower cutouts. I just barely exposed that part

I need to measure out lines in each cutout to a uniform thickness and then carve it to the lines from the inside

Sunset was approaching, and I had the rim to do next


I measured out the top like he did in Episode 4 and used the chainsaw to cut it

I do it after hollowing because I only have to be accurate with the chainsaw for a depth of 2" around the circumference as opposed to the whole 13" diameter through the whole of the log

There's the drum donut:


Episode 11: the Rim
I did the rim with the grinder rather than the knife like he did

It's still kind of wet so I'll wait a week or so to resand a lot of it

I had the whole thing carved before dark tonight:




Episode 11 was the last one, so I guess I'm on my own now...


Good luck to anyone else who gives this a shot. I wouldn't recommend trying to do it in a single day, either. I really killed myself doing that much at once.

I'll update here again after it dries and I sand it.
Buzzy Out!


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Posted: 2009-07-28 10:33 pm   Permalink

wow, that's quite impressive. no power tools on the hollowing out.

you do really great work. i hope it turns out well.
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Cammo
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Posted: 2009-07-29 04:01 am   Permalink

Hey Buzzy, can you post multiple episode YouTube videos of us watching you following multiple YouTube videos of how to carve a drum?

And this looks so cool, why not stick a Tiki face on one side? It's not just COOL, it's beyond that, its SCHWANG-RIFIC!


 
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Posted: 2009-07-29 08:57 am   Permalink

OK Cammo, let me guess - the word SCHWANGRIFIC was keeping you awake so you got up at four-frickin-o'clock to post it?

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Posted: 2009-07-29 8:37 pm   Permalink

I was gonna say SWANK-RIFIC but it didn't sound dirty enough!

 
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