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Secret Squirrel Tiki Carving
Secret Squirrel
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Joined: Oct 29, 2013
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From: Midwest USA
Posted: 2013-12-10 7:26 pm   Permalink

The pepper mill blanks I've been using came from Rockler and Woodcraft wood stores. I've also ordered some wood on the internet. I think you should give tiki carving a try. Wood carving as an art is somewhat a dwindling art form. Tiki carvers are even more rare. The more people learning how to carve the better.

[ This Message was edited by: Secret Squirrel 2013-12-11 07:46 ]


 
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Trader Gino
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Posted: 2013-12-11 05:41 am   Permalink

SS your pieces are great! Can't wait to see more. What an amazing start!

 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2013-12-11 07:45 am   Permalink

Thanks Trader Gino. I'll start carving the mouth in a few days. First I need to take some time to draw some layout lines in pencil.

 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2013-12-15 11:51 am   Permalink

I've been busy carving the mouth out. The tiki has definitely taken on some character and personality. I just need to clean it up a little and add some vertical lines for individual teeth.


 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2013-12-15 5:41 pm   Permalink

I was bored so I carved the teeth.


 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2013-12-20 2:21 pm   Permalink

I've been busy removing a lot of wood to give this tiki a defined jaw. Next I'm going to work on finishing the base of the tiki.



 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2013-12-24 5:23 pm   Permalink

I finished carving the body of the tiki today. I was a bit nervous about carving this part because I've never carved a traditional tiki base like this before. There's a lot of intersecting angles. I just took my time. I really like how it turned out. I'm going to go over it and do some minor clean up with small chisels and finish sanding it. Now it's time for some decorative carving on the forehead, the neck dress and on the lower base.



 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2013-12-30 5:52 pm   Permalink

I got a little more carving done. I added some decorative carving to the base and the neck dress. I also carved the half moons on the eyes. I'm still trying to decide if I completely like the way the eyes turned out. Maybe I just need to get used to them. I'm used to looking at the eyes being unfinished.



 
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martian-tiki
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Posted: 2014-01-01 10:06 pm   Permalink

it looks like Milton Berle to me
http://www.loveaquote.com/authors/milton-berle-quotes/

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pjc5150
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Posted: 2014-01-02 04:46 am   Permalink

^ totally...

 
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Secret Squirrel
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From: Midwest USA
Posted: 2014-01-02 07:54 am   Permalink

I guess that's good that you guys think it looks like Milton Berle. This tiki represents happiness, prosperity and good luck. I have several of these tikis in my collection. This tiki god is supposed to have a smile and a jolly look with a slighty sinister look. I think I've executed that look in this carving. I have a neat headdress design in mind for this tiki. It's not going to be easy. I did a test carving on some scrap wood and I think it's going to look really nice. Now I just need to draw on some layout lines and start carving.

 
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Grand Poobah
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Posted: 2014-01-03 5:48 pm   Permalink

that looks really beautiful

 
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Secret Squirrel
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From: Midwest USA
Posted: 2014-01-03 6:02 pm   Permalink

Thank you for the kind words. I thought I was ready to start carving the headdress. Unfortunetely the design that I had in mind that I tested on a flat piece of wood just didn't transfer well in pencil to the curved surface of the forehead. The flow was just off and there really wasn't enough room to pull off that carving properly. I might use that idea on another tiki carving another time. I do have a plan B and I'm pretty sure this one will work. Back to the drawing board.

 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2014-01-09 8:32 pm   Permalink

I finished carving the headdress. Now this tiki is finished. The only thing left to do is clean up the carvings a little and do some minor finish sanding. Then it's time to put the finish on.




 
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cy
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Posted: 2014-01-10 08:16 am   Permalink

Nice clean carve SS!

 
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