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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-07-19 10:02 am   Permalink

Got Wood? I came across some sweet oak but im not sure how to go about drying it. Any helpful tips would be greatly appreciated!! There were a couple HUUUGE pieces where I got these but they were way too heavy to even move. All fresh cut.




 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-07-19 11:18 am   Permalink

Nice bro.

I've never messed with oak, but I did just complete my first cedar tiki (posted in my thread) and kinda fell in love with it.

Found a dude who cut down some big cedars on his property & I'm going to pick it up today.

I'm interested to see how it goes with your oak!



 
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Posted: 2011-07-19 11:51 am   Permalink

As a general rule of thumb, you want to seal both ends of the log to slow down the drying process (you can seal with anything, polyurethane, pesticide paint, or regular house paint works too - just as examples), lay them on their sides raised slightly off the ground (on blocks or something) out of the main elements (garage is good, or under a tarp or overhang) and any major temperature swings (if you can). It may take a while to completely dry, and I usually only deal with palm so I am unfamiliar with the drying time of oak. I do have a friend who is a master carpenter and he tends to let his freshly trimmed wood dry for a good year before he does anything with it. I'm not sure if it's because that's what he is supposed to do, or if he's just too busy to do anything with it! Hope that helps a little.

I like how you start with the legs and body first before moving onto the heads of your tikis. They remind me of the infamous ned kelly:





Nice carves! I hadn't seen your posts before!
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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-07-19 12:22 pm   Permalink

Yea bro Im excited to see how it carves...not really sure if I should wait for it to dry or just jump right in...Either way I guess I have enough to experiment a little...

 
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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-07-19 12:25 pm   Permalink

thank you for the info...I have read that sealing the ends is a good idea so I may try that. This is the first time Ive carved anything other than palm also so Im sure there will be a bit of a learning curve...thanks again for the info!!

 
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Posted: 2011-07-27 3:03 pm   Permalink

Ok...Been out of town for a week and was super anxious to get back and do some carving. Finished this piece and very pleased. Let me know what ya think!!







 
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Posted: 2011-07-28 3:04 pm   Permalink

Put the finishing touches on these two today...


 
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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-07-28 3:17 pm   Permalink

Just got back from Mexico and saw some of the coolest little huts ever. Not really "tiki" but super cool none the less. Here are a couple pics from the post used as support.




I have some more pics of the enitre hut...just have to search through and find them


 
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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-07-28 3:25 pm   Permalink

pretty sweet



and the view's not too shabby either...



 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-07-29 1:25 pm   Permalink

dude....I looooove Mexico. I left Cabo wanting to move back. My mom literally cried to keep me from pursuing it.

Neat huts man.

And those last 2 pieces...are those both palm? or have you already csarved up one of those pieces of oak?


 
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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-08-02 07:09 am   Permalink

Yea I know what ya mean...I didn't want to leave either. Its perfect down there.

They are both palm, im gona let the oak dry just a little before trying to carve it.


 
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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-08-05 11:42 am   Permalink

Spent the morning workin on a new piece. The log has a really cool shape so im gona try to make him a happy tiki.





[ This Message was edited by: NIxxon 2011-08-07 14:19 ]


 
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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-08-05 2:23 pm   Permalink

Finished for the day...I think hes starting to look happy?


 
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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-08-11 09:52 am   Permalink

Ok...NOW I think he is starting to look happy




 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-08-11 2:41 pm   Permalink

One of your best yet Nixxy.

My only suggestion is to start going a little deeper around the eyes and stuff.

But I see major progression on this piece. I'd keep that one.

Well done bro.


 
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