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swizzle....bought some chisels, and has started carving(Ku progress + another page 3)
swizzle
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Posted: 2010-05-12 03:26 am   Permalink

Thanks Benzart. I'm looking forward to doing more stuff.
Here's a couple of updated pics (which don't look much different to the earlier ones). I haven't finished yet as i've been busy but i've done the teeth and then had to modify the top section when I came across a problem. In my earlier photos of this guy you can just make out that I was going to have a couple of triangular shapes on each side at the top of the head. When I started on the right side I hit a chunk in the wood that chipped it quite badly so i've had to remove that whole section.

You can see in this photo the dark patch at the top which caused the chip. I'm thinking it might have been an insect living in the tree that created it. The wood was definitely harder in that area.

I now need to make it all even, clean it up, and then do the sanding.



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swizzle
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Posted: 2010-05-16 01:28 am   Permalink

I finished my second carving. As anyone who works with wood knows sanding is a necessary evil, and I certainly didn't enjoy sanding this one. There's a lot of tight small areas I just couldn't get to properly so it's a little rough in some areas. I need to go out and buy some stain, but until then I have a few more pieces of this wood so it's time to start the next one.




(Excuse the shadows. Had to take the pics inside with the flash).
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BigAndyB
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Posted: 2010-05-16 03:20 am   Permalink

hey swizzle, im a newbie too you got some skills man! love the style of your tikis keep it up!

 
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Posted: 2010-05-23 01:38 am   Permalink

Thanks Andy. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work too.
I scored a couple of good sized logs yesterday so today I started on my first full body Ku. Drawing a 2D image onto a 3D object was confusing the hell out of me, but I just got stuck into it. I could visualize it in my head how it needed to look so I just carved until it started taking the shape I knew I needed. I've got it all worked out now. Although I think I might invest in a chainsaw. Removing large sections of wood is not only hard on the hands but extremely time consuming. With a chainsaw I think I would have made a lot more progress on this guy in the same amount of time.

Here is the design drawn on. I think i'll change the eyes and nose when I get to it though. I'm not really concerened with carving the head/face, it's the body I want to get right first. It's just under 3 1/2 foot tall.


Its hard to tell from the photo but there is quite a bit of wood removed, although that being said there is also still a lot more to go. I can see it starting to take shape and I'm looking forward to getting it roughed out so that I can then start cleaning it up properly and doing the intricate stuff which is what I enjoy.

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Posted: 2010-05-23 06:26 am   Permalink

Swizz! Go BIG and carve DEEP!! Grrr...
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Posted: 2010-06-02 5:30 pm   Permalink

Ah, so that's the reason you bought a chainsaw! What kind did you get, and what size?

 
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Posted: 2010-06-02 8:03 pm   Permalink

Looks like you're doing a stand up job of going to bigger tikis, and full bodied tikis at that. Nice work! Your layout on the log and initial carvings all looks great too.
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seeksurf
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Posted: 2010-06-02 8:54 pm   Permalink

Well done! He is looking good. Way to go after a full body.

 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2010-06-03 01:12 am   Permalink

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On 2010-06-02 17:30, 4WDtiki wrote:
Ah, so that's the reason you bought a chainsaw! What kind did you get, and what size?



Hi 4WDtiki. Here's a photo. The brand is called OZITO. Its a reasonably cheap one but appears OK quality It has a 12" bar on it and I had a little play with it when I got home from work today and went alright. I've never used one before so i've got to get used to handling it.



Thanks for the compliments Hewey and seeksurf. I have done more work on the body since then and will do more this weekend then post some pics. It's slow going and I can see it will be a while till he is completely finished but i'll get there.
I also got around to staining my first two carvings. It's a stain and varnish in Dark Mahogany/Jarrah. #1 has two coats and #2 has one with a second coat on the raised sections.


#1 (a bit out of focus)

#2
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BigAndyB
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Posted: 2010-06-06 3:58 pm   Permalink

hey swizz, hows it going with your big chap? initial pics look very promising,its very well marked out i need to find a big log soon so i can have a go at a full body i just got a fairly big load of smaller logs so i am going to be keeping busy doing heads

 
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Posted: 2010-06-07 11:36 am   Permalink

That last one you drew out looks insane.

I bet it comes out really good.


 
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Posted: 2010-06-07 2:36 pm   Permalink

Very nice work! The stains came out really well. Like the double stain. Is the new carve pine? Can be a bummer to work with if it has lots of knots. So, How is it going?
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Posted: 2010-06-07 6:27 pm   Permalink

Very nice! great tikis and im digging the color and finish well done.

 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2010-06-08 02:02 am   Permalink

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On 2010-06-07 11:36, pjc5150 wrote:
That last one you drew out looks insane.
I bet it comes out really good.



Thanks pjc5150. There's some (slow) progress pics below.

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On 2010-06-07 14:36, Tikilizard wrote:
Very nice work! The stains came out really well. Like the double stain. Is the new carve pine? Can be a bummer to work with if it has lots of knots. So, How is it going?



Thanks for the compliment Tikilizard. I was a bit reluctant to stain them to start with but I am happy with how they turned out. No it's not pine, the guy who gave me the log/s (I have another) said it is cypress. It's quite nice to carve however its very stringy or fibrery (is that a word?) running with the grain. I have to work outside and it's winter here in Melbourne, so that means nice days whilst i'm stuck at work and then rain on weekends, so I haven't got as much done as I'd like to. It's hard to tell from the photos but I have nearly finished roughing out the body (besides the right arm), although I have a lot to clean up and shape to get it to the finish I want before I start on the head.




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On 2010-06-07 18:27, seeksurf wrote:
Very nice! great tikis and im digging the color and finish well done.


Thanks seeksurf
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Posted: 2010-06-08 05:23 am   Permalink

So was any of this progress done with the new chainsaw?

 
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