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DHTiki
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Joined: May 10, 2013
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From: Sunny Phoenix
Posted: 2013-06-27 09:11 am   Permalink

I've been lurking and reading and studying all of the incredible work that you artists have been posting for a while. You've all been an inspiration to me and a kick in the ass to get started carving.

I've finally screwed up the courage to post my tiki carving attempts. These two are my first tries at creating tiki. Actually they're my first tries at carving anything. As much as I read the trials and tribulations of others' work, there's no substitute for good old fashioned trial and error...

So anyway, here's the one that started everything. I began him first, but during the (way too long) time that it took me to finish, I carved the Moai that's in the next post. So I guess he's not technically my first tiki, but he sure feels that way to me.

He started life, as many tiki do, as a lowly log


Then he got stripped of his thin bark and had a design drawn on him


Much hacking was done with crappy cheap tools. Sometimes I think it would have been easier to gnaw through it with my teeth. An older wood-handled Buck Bros 3/4" did an ok job of holding an edge, but my 1/4" acrylic-handled BB chisel made life miserable. Little did I know that that stupid chisel was going to prolong my future sanding time by a factor of at least five.


I'll skip pictures of the tedium of sanding, staining, and sealing and just post shots of the finished product. It took waaaaaaaaayyyyyy more hours than I care to admit, but I'm pretty proud of it. I also picked up a set of Marples Record chisels that the previous owner had well taken care of and used the 'scary sharp' process on. I used them on the last 5% or so if this carve and it was like night and day compared to the original chisels.




So there ya have it. We had a couple of palm trees taken down and I had them leave several 6 - 8 foot lengths. I'm now about a third of the way through a two foot full-body carve. Pics coming soon.

Thanks again to everyone that's posted their work and tips here - those posts have been much inspiration.

Cheers!
David



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DHTiki
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From: Sunny Phoenix
Posted: 2013-06-27 09:20 am   Permalink

And now shots of the Moai. He's only about 5" tall, carved from a piece of redwood or cedar (can't remember which) that I cut off the end of a piece of Home Depot stock that had been sitting in my remnants pile for a while. He was done with a Warren Cutlery hook knife - thanks for the suggestion on that knife, whoever it was (Benzart?). Inexpensive and sharp as all hell.

Rough cut


Side view of rough cut


Sanded and stained


And finished


His name ended up being Mo, and he was immediately adopted by my wife who took him to work to display on her desk. Apparently the folks there like him a lot.

There ya have it.

Cheers!
David


 
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cy
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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
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From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2013-06-27 09:31 am   Permalink

Very nice first carves and finish DHTiki!

 
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Grand Poobah
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From: Reading, PA
Posted: 2013-06-27 10:19 am   Permalink

That is some nice work. both are so smooth. I know what a pain sanding is!!!!!

 
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Cljha
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From: Earth
Posted: 2013-06-27 12:45 pm   Permalink

Hi David,

Woaw. Congratulations. The first one shows a lot of work and dedication. Superbe

Well done. Keep on going.

Bravo


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surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2013-06-27 4:59 pm   Permalink

GREAT first time stuff! Nice n deep cuts, real good! Let's see more!

 
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4WDtiki
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2013-06-27 10:00 pm   Permalink

Way better than MY first two! That Moai sure has a personality!
You didn't say what kind of wood that first one is, do you know?
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Tucson Tiki
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Posted: 2013-06-27 10:45 pm   Permalink

Agreed,Good carves.

 
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GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2013-06-27 11:58 pm   Permalink

That little Mo is SWEET!

 
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amate
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Posted: 2013-06-28 05:41 am   Permalink

Very nice!! Who's on deck?

 
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DHTiki
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From: Sunny Phoenix
Posted: 2013-06-28 08:38 am   Permalink

Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement, folks, I really appreciate it.

A couple of answers to your questions:

4WDtiki - The first one is Palo Verde that had been drying in my backyard for about a year. Apparently this is the hardest substance in the known universe. I'll likely use it as a carving knife when I try carving tikis out of diamond. The grain is so tight that sometimes it was hard to tell what was grain and what were scratches - the lightness of the wood's color didn't help that either.

amate - Next up is my first try at a full body tiki. Here are some in-process shots:



...and then on to my backlog:


Get it? BackLOG? Ahhhahahahaha...I'll be here all week. Try the veal.

Not sure how much carving I'll get done this weekend. It's supposed to be between 117 and 120 degrees for the next couple of days. I may just grab one of my scuba tanks and my regulator and sit at the bottom of the pool.

Thanks again for the welcome and all the encouragement.

Cheers!
David


 
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VampiressRN
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2013-06-28 08:50 am   Permalink

Welcome to TC and congrats on your first carvings...you are doing a great job!!!

 
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GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2013-06-28 09:56 am   Permalink

Most full-bodied Tikis, with their grimacing faces and big teeth, look like they got kicked in the balls or are trying to take a massive dump, so you've caught that quality perfectly. He's even in a "pants around his ankles" pose.


 
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Posted: 2013-06-28 09:58 am   Permalink

Damned triple-post!!

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Posted: 2013-06-28 09:58 am   Permalink

damned Tiki Central!

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