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Kunalu
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Joined: Jun 14, 2013
Posts: 9
Posted: 2013-06-14 11:55 am   Permalink

Aloha everyone. I'm just getting started on my first carving. I live on the island of Kauai. Ive been interested in doing this for some time and any tips would be very appreciated. Right now I only have a rubber malet and 4 chisels 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 1 inch. I cleaned a piece of wood yesterday approx 3 feet and not sure what kind of wood.

 
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Polynesiac
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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2079
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2013-06-14 12:50 pm   Permalink

Welcome aboard! Sounds like you are well on your way to having your first tiki carved by you!

I'm sure you have plenty of inspiration (or distraction) surrounding you on Kauai!

Be sure to post some pictures over in Tiki Carving when you are all done and feel free to ask questions as you go along. There is some amazing talent in Tikicentral-land that would be happy to lend you a helping hand. Unless, of course, you already know what you are doing. In which case, get to making those chips fly so we can see the final product!

Have fun carving!


***edit 'cause I said "craved" instead of "carved". May have worked the other way too....***
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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
Posts: 1862
From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2013-06-15 4:04 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-06-14 11:55, Kunalu wrote:
Right now I only have a rubber malet and 4 chisels 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 1 inch. I cleaned a piece of wood yesterday approx 3 feet and not sure what kind of wood.


I suggest getting a 2" chisel also, if you're doing pieces in the 3' range or bigger. The basic Stanley brand at Home Depot.

Other advice? Just go for it! You have a log and some basic chisels and a mallet. You will learn way more by starting with just these basic tools than if you went and bought expensive fancy chisels, etc.
Keep your design simple! Two eyes, a nose, and a mouth. Build up from there on future tikis. Forget the flowers, turtles, or pineapples, at least until you're comfortable and competent.
Try different woods. Find what you like.

Have fun!

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Kunalu
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Posted: 2013-06-16 11:15 am   Permalink

Here's my first, got a bigger piece starting tomorrow



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Kunalu
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Posted: 2013-06-19 11:12 pm   Permalink



heres my first real piece in the works . its so addicting just cant stop .


 
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Kunalu
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Trailerpark Tiki
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Joined: Mar 27, 2010
Posts: 352
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2013-06-21 6:45 pm   Permalink

Welcome to TC. You're first tikis are looking good. I'm learning too. I've learned a lot reading the Carving forums here.

 
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