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White Moai
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Joined: Sep 02, 2008
Posts: 9
Posted: 2010-08-13 07:00 am   Permalink

I am happy for the positive responses. thanks. I have been making metal tikis for quite a while, but was afraid to post them because they weren't traditional carvings. I love wooden tikis, but would be a little cautious about putting a propane tank to one- I learned that from Homer Simpson. This tiki is a commission and actually financing my trip to Tiki Oasis this year!! It is also hard to find palm trees in Tulsa!! ha

 
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metalhead
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Joined: May 09, 2010
Posts: 39
From: Vantucky, Wa
Posted: 2010-08-13 08:36 am   Permalink

White Moai, that guy is friggin awesome!!!! Walk me through your technique for the eyes? Did you use reposse style shaping? Wish you lived closer I would love to chec your stuff out in person! Thanks for sharing.

 
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White Moai
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Joined: Sep 02, 2008
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Posted: 2010-08-13 10:18 am   Permalink

The eyes were made using a sandbag and a hammer. flat 18 G - hammered repousse' style- then run through an english wheel, and shrunk around the edges with a lancaster style shrinker. Then lots of hand contortions to make it conform to the body. Most of these tools you can now buy at horrible fright tools- or just use a hammer and dolly that's how I started before i made an english wheel (I had to make my own e wheel because it was before biker bla bla shows hit the air) but thats another story...

 
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metalhead
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Joined: May 09, 2010
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From: Vantucky, Wa
Posted: 2010-08-13 11:11 am   Permalink

Nice... I'm going to give it a try. Most of my stuff has been 1/8th inch or greater so lots of heating , bending and welding, but the other day I thought... Why? I could use thinner stuff and come up with a different look, then you came along and just hammered that nail.

Thanks!


 
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metalhead
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Joined: May 09, 2010
Posts: 39
From: Vantucky, Wa
Posted: 2011-07-25 11:12 am   Permalink

Hey everyone I haven't posted for a while and I thought I would show a few pix of my latest tikis. I know metal works is not exactly carving, but i am shaping and I do occasionally carve the steel with rotary bits.


http://tikiroom.com/img/17252x4e2db187.jpg
http://tikiroom.com/img/17252x4e2db15c.jpg


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metalhead
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Joined: May 09, 2010
Posts: 39
From: Vantucky, Wa
Posted: 2011-07-25 11:15 am   Permalink

This is a future pineapple head. It's been a while so for give the slow updates and the links instead of photos on the last post.


 
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Grand Poobah
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Joined: Dec 09, 2008
Posts: 206
From: Reading, PA
Posted: 2011-07-25 6:51 pm   Permalink

cool work metalhead. I can't say that I have worked with metal as I am not too sure it would be an easy medium to work with. I bet they hold up well in the weather. Maori your work also looks cool especially how you have fire coming out of yours. Again metal seems to have many advantages. Is that a bomb in your yard too?

 
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metalhead
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Joined: May 09, 2010
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From: Vantucky, Wa
Posted: 2011-07-29 11:08 am   Permalink

Man time goes by fast, any way i've got some photos - check it out! The order is backwards, sorry about that, but you get the idea. This guy stands about 22 inches tall. So starting at the top - forged railroad spikes on a rear end gear from a 72 maverick, a valve from a fire engine with the hibiscus flower on both sides carved in with a die grinder, the eyes were formed by cutting slits in the eyes and getting the metal red hot and bending it out, then capping it with a thin strip of steel. The nostrils are a plumbing fitting, and the body of the nose was shaped with a lot of welding and grinding. The teeth are made out of a recycled trailer securing system. and he is sitting on a flange from the rear axle of same ford maverick. The patina is a force rusting technique that is then clear coated a couple of times.























check out more of our stuff at:

schellandsonmetalwerks.com
schellandson.etsy.com


 
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cy
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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
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From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2011-07-29 11:43 am   Permalink

Great stuff metalhead. My neighbor Elaura said you might come to her home for some scrap. Make sure you pop over to say hi.

 
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metalhead
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Posts: 39
From: Vantucky, Wa
Posted: 2011-08-03 4:01 pm   Permalink

Cy thanks for the kudos, tell Elaura I'd pick up scrap any time, and I'd love to see your tikis.

 
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metalhead
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Joined: May 09, 2010
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From: Vantucky, Wa
Posted: 2011-08-03 4:06 pm   Permalink

Cy thanks for the kudos, tell Elaura I'd pick up scrap any time, and I'd love to see your tikis.

 
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NIxxon
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Joined: Dec 22, 2010
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Posted: 2011-08-03 7:08 pm   Permalink

VERY cool stuff Sir. Im diggin all the metal. Very creative and very impressive. Looks as if quite a bit of work goes into each one. Keep em Coming!!

 
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metalhead
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Joined: May 09, 2010
Posts: 39
From: Vantucky, Wa
Posted: 2011-08-04 10:34 pm   Permalink

Nixxon - yes I am a bit of a perfectionist and every tiki I build I develop different techniques. And I don't think that they are necessarily the fastest techniques either. I end up spending tons of time on these guys, but I just love to make em. I don't think at this point I could stop if wanted to. You can bent you'll see more from me. I have spent some time looking at your carvings as well. Very nice, BTW. Thanks for the kudos!

 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2011-08-05 05:57 am   Permalink

Awesome!!! Somewhere, there's a '71 Maverick that gave it's soul for this tiki
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metalhead
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From: Vantucky, Wa
Posted: 2011-08-05 06:03 am   Permalink

Thanks MadDog, that car is still partially alive with just another rear end in it. I don't know about carvers, but as a metal guy people just drop stuff off at your house and ask "can you use this?", The maverick actually belongs to my brother-in-law. Thanks for the kind words!

 
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