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hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
Posts: 3572
From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2014-08-24 09:11 am   Permalink

Thank you, nice music and video.

 
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cy
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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
Posts: 1210
From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2014-08-24 3:55 pm   Permalink

You captured Oasis nicely Allen, thanks for including me! Like the music also.

 
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For the Love of Tiki
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Joined: Feb 19, 2013
Posts: 118
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2015-08-24 6:33 pm   Permalink

Tiki Oasis 2015 - my latest YouTube video / slideshow. Check it outÖ
Tiki Oasis 15 / Sunday, August 16, 2015
http://youtu.be/KaQWXoUI2Bk

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Tuga's Tikis
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Joined: Aug 27, 2015
Posts: 80
From: Lansing, Michigan
Posted: 2015-09-01 7:10 pm   Permalink

Great video! looks like it was a lot of fun!

 
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cy
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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
Posts: 1210
From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2015-09-02 4:55 pm   Permalink

Another nice slideshow FTLOT!

 
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For the Love of Tiki
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Joined: Feb 19, 2013
Posts: 118
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2015-09-09 4:58 pm   Permalink

I finally got back to carving - just a little for now... but its feeling good to get back at it.
This Tiki I had started over a year ago.





 
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For the Love of Tiki
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Joined: Feb 19, 2013
Posts: 118
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2015-09-26 12:04 pm   Permalink



Tiki #26


 
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For the Love of Tiki
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Joined: Feb 19, 2013
Posts: 118
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2015-11-06 4:33 pm   Permalink



Heres the latest #27.


 
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For the Love of Tiki
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Joined: Feb 19, 2013
Posts: 118
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2015-12-01 10:02 am   Permalink



Hereís the current work in progress. Almost ready for stain. This was carved from a Mexican fan palm. I carved a little deeper than usual and was surprised to find how much harder the wood was. My first experiences with this type of wood wasnít that greatÖ it was fibrous - sort of like carving shredded wheat. I then got a couple of good pieces and it was like carving a bar of soap. After that, I knew what you guys had been talkin about - this, being a preferred wood to carve and being way better than the queen palms (from which I had carved a fair amount of tikis early on).
Iím recognizing the value of allowing logs time to cure and dry out - prior to carving. Still, it looks like there are a lot of variables when it comes to the quality of palm wood.


 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2324
From: So FL
Posted: 2015-12-01 11:19 am   Permalink

I live in a different climate and as a result our Palms are much more moist. I do not let logs "cure" anymore. Where I live, if you leave a log to dry, all it will do for sure is rot. Dive in - carve it fresh - and let it dry after you have carved. Carving the moist palm with chisels is a pleasure. Let them dry and they become "like shreaded wheat".

 
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For the Love of Tiki
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Joined: Feb 19, 2013
Posts: 118
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2015-12-01 2:19 pm   Permalink

Yeah, Iíve carved them when wet, but from my experience - it isnít ideal. Based upon what youíre saying, I can understand climate being a big factor. Where Iím at, Iím finding the palm logs dry out pretty good - probably because of the heat and there being little moisture in the air. Iíve enjoyed reading all of the different posts about how everyone approaches this subject - but I imagine a personís locale might be the most important consideration as to what information might best apply.

 
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cy
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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
Posts: 1210
From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2015-12-01 2:23 pm   Permalink

Looks good For the Love, the lettering is very cool, what tools do you use?

 
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For the Love of Tiki
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Joined: Feb 19, 2013
Posts: 118
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2015-12-01 3:31 pm   Permalink


Hey Cy, Thanks, the lettering was done with a Makita 1/4" variable speed die grinder and a small burr using a 1/8" collet adapter. This is a relatively new tool for me - but is quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to tools.

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For the Love of Tiki
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Joined: Feb 19, 2013
Posts: 118
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2015-12-15 3:59 pm   Permalink



The Kama Kai Tiki- completed.
This was my first time using the Behr wood stain - a nice change of pace from the MIniwax stains that I usually use.


 
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Keylo
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Joined: Aug 09, 2011
Posts: 118
From: Daytuna Beach
Posted: 2016-02-04 9:20 pm   Permalink

Kama Kai looking good and such a great job of lettering and control with a die grinder!

 
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