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SDshirtman's first carve Finished 11/6/09
surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2009-10-19 6:48 pm   Permalink

A man after my own heart...LOTS of sanding perfection!

 
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tikigodz
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Posted: 2009-10-19 8:25 pm   Permalink

nice!!!!!

 
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hottiki
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From: Garden Grove CA
Posted: 2009-10-19 8:56 pm   Permalink

looks like some type of aquatictiki, maybe from neptune's lounge...wherever he's from, he's one cool tiki...can't wait to see his buddies !!!

 
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SDshirtman
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2009-10-22 1:25 pm   Permalink

I had a chance to work on his body a little more. Thank god for grinders.

I'm thinking about making his toes hang over the edge of his pedestal but we'll see.


I sanded his hindquarters. This is officially my wife's favorite part.
And yes, I have a 4 slot toaster.







Overall I'm pretty pleased with the progress so far. I'm thinking about if I want to do any designs on his arms or legs.
I'm also thinking about instead of burning him possibly using an airbrush for more control. What do you guys think?

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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-10-22 2:05 pm   Permalink

Excellent design and carving....very nice.
And....looks like you got a hell of a toaster too.


 
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benella
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From: Meudon, France
Posted: 2009-10-22 2:42 pm   Permalink

WOW, unbelievably amazing !
Smooth as I like it.

Benjamin.


 
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seeksurf
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2009-10-22 3:53 pm   Permalink

Sweetness! love the lines you have brought out and
smooth as butter. Beautiful!
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drasticwagon
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From: DFW , Texas
Posted: 2009-10-22 4:04 pm   Permalink

MAN O MAN O MAN! What a great job, You was born to make tikis.

 
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TikiMango
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Posted: 2009-10-22 4:10 pm   Permalink

He's coming along nicely! As for airbrush or other, that's your prerogative (your creation), depending on what you want him to look like in the end. I've seen spray paint, torch, stain... all used to achieve a different look and feel. Surprise us!
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BIG tiki scott
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From: lehigh acres florida
Posted: 2009-10-22 4:55 pm   Permalink

sdshirtman!!! WOW!!! THAT IS ONE SWEET TIKI!!!! smooth as your tikis butt on a summers day and clean crisp lines WOW! as drastic wagon stated you were born to do this!!! and as for air brushing or burning or a combo its your tiki and as far as i can see you will do a great job w any!!! always remember its sumthin you created make sure you do what your mind thinks is right!!! cheerz!!

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SDshirtman
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2009-10-28 01:44 am   Permalink

Here are the latest pics. I think I'm almost done. Seems like I have a million hours in him so far.
I'm contemplating doing some design work on the legs and arms. We'll see though. I dont want to overkill it.
Iv'e been sanding the living hell out of him to the point that I never want to see sandpaper again and I dont think I have fingerprints anymore.
My garage also has a fine coat of dust everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE! What a mess.

I wish i would have taken more pics of my first carve progress. My wife has some on here camera. Anyways here's what I have.

I used a dremel to do the lines in his hands. I haven't broken out the dremel much the entire carve except for this and a tad around his tongue.




I made the lines a little deeper and sharper with a chisel. I'd love to know how everyone else is doing it.


Here's a few to show a 360ish view.




In retrospect I would have done a few things different on the back but I'm cool with how this came out.






Here are some close ups. I did a small burn in his mouth to get a feel for the torch.
Still deciding is I want to burn him of use an airbrush to blacken in the deeper cuts.


Was kind of nervous about the eyes but now that its done I'm wondering what I was worried about.



So I think I still have some more sanding to do then I can think about staining him.
I bought some minwax special walnut to color him with.

If anyone can advise me I'm wondering if I should stain him all at once or do him in sections. Its been 15 years since I stained anything and he's a decent size at 44". Now that I'm this far into it I dont want to botch the last step.

Thanks for all the kind words of encouragement so far.


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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-10-28 06:42 am   Permalink

Wow shirtman, this is an Awesome carving. The sills you have demonstrated are far beyond entry level and show great control and use of the tools at hand. Personally I would Not burn the details as yours are crisp and sharp and leave plenty surfaces for the shadows to show the real detail. I think if you burn it you lose that shadow interaction. Originally the burning was to smooth out the chainsaw tracks and combined with a wire brush was very effective at smoothing which we do now with a grinder and sanding papers. Stain could go either way, he is a very contemporary looking tiki so going with too dark a stain cold go against that. But it's OK to or not to stain.
Really Nice work and photos.
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2009-10-28 07:12 am   Permalink

Nice carve! I would not burn him and would think about not staining him as well. Palm get MUCH darker when you put Polyurethane it. You may be happy with the natural color as opposed to staining him. Get a scrap piece and do some experimenting, especially if its been a while since you used stain. Either way it is still a cool tiki!

 
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claq50
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Joined: Aug 21, 2009
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From: West Palm Beach, Florida
Posted: 2009-10-28 07:47 am   Permalink

Very cool, like where its heading.

 
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SDshirtman
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Joined: Sep 19, 2009
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2009-10-28 11:51 am   Permalink

Thanks again. The complements really mean a lot to me coming from you guys. The suggestions not to stain have me second guessing what I'm going to do. At the same time I think I'm going to do it anyways. I'll do some test pieces beforehand though. I am going to heed Benzart advice and put the torch away. I'll post some pics after I get some color on him.

 
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