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My First Carving or What I spent my night doing.
amate
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Posted: 2010-01-02 05:59 am   Permalink

I feel your pain because this is very frustrating when it happens to me. I now try to carve only well seasoned wood. At least you can choose where you want the cracks to be. I also brush on a coat of linseed oil after every carving sesson. I don't know if the oil helps but it makes me feel better.

 
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Customkiis
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Posted: 2010-01-02 09:24 am   Permalink

the disadvantage of carving a "green" log. The benefit is that it is a lot easier to carve and you are less likely to get tear out. "Seasoned" logs will not crack like that. For future reference. If you want to carve it green, keep your carving wet. Either soak it in between carving sessions or cover your carving with wet, burlap sacks. Once the carving is done then you can store it in a cool dry place for curing. You may still get cracks, but not as bad .

If you want to cure a log. after it is cut seal the end with an end-sealer, like Anchorseal. I have heard wood glue (Titebond, Elmers) and paint work too. The log will lose most of the moisture throught the ends. Think of it as a bundle of straws. Some of the moisture will come out the sides, but most of it comes out the ends.

If you choose to carve it and store it rubbing it down with an oil might be a great idea to stop it from cracking.

Regardless, it looks killer! Nice work. Keep 'em coming.


 
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nicholauslee
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Posted: 2010-06-01 7:59 pm   Permalink

I know it's been a long time since I updated this post, but it's been a hectic chaos filled winter. Trying to get back at him now that the sun is finally back out in Michigan and I can work on it without a hat and gloves.





It's still a long way from done, but it's getting there.


 
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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2010-06-01 9:13 pm   Permalink

Good to see that you're back at it!

 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2010-06-02 10:55 am   Permalink

Yep, looking good. You're gonna have a nice tiki there.

 
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amate
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Posted: 2010-06-02 3:43 pm   Permalink

Is that the same one that had a crack? How did you fix it?

 
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drasticwagon
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From: DFW , Texas
Posted: 2010-06-02 4:47 pm   Permalink

Nice use of the length. I like it.

 
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nicholauslee
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Posted: 2010-06-02 4:56 pm   Permalink

Thanks guys for the nice words.
Yeah it's the same one that cracked, and trust me, it's far from fixed.
Somehow the cracks didn't show up in the photo.


 
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2010-06-02 9:06 pm   Permalink

Well done. Looks like your biggest crack is in the back. That's the
best place. Lots of room to play with that headdress.
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pjc5150
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From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2010-06-03 11:04 am   Permalink

Cracks add character.

Roll with it bro!


 
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