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Secret Squirrel Tiki Carving
pjc5150
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Posted: 2014-01-10 08:54 am   Permalink

looks good!


 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2014-01-10 09:37 am   Permalink

Thanks guys. I'm interested to see how this wood looks with the finish put on. The wood is already beautiful but the finish will probably make the grain pop and slightly darken the color. I'll post a picture when I get the finish applied.

 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2014-01-12 05:38 am   Permalink

Here's the tiki with the finish applied. I have to say that I'm very happy with the way this tiki turned out. It turned out even better then I imagined. This wood is beautiful with the finish put on. The wood has a warm elegant color. Almost a rich gold whisky color with orange. It's no wonder jewelry is sometimes made with this kind of wood. Pictures don't do the color or grain patterns justice.




 
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anthonymaye
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Posted: 2014-01-12 09:11 am   Permalink

wow thats some amazing work

 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2014-01-12 10:23 am   Permalink

Thank you very much. Carving hard woods by hand is definitely a lot of work. It probably takes three to four times longer to carve then working with soft wood.

 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2014-01-22 4:41 pm   Permalink

I'm getting ready to start my next tiki carving. I just thought I would post a preview of what kind of wood I'll be carving. I'm going to be carving a piece of Quina. I like this piece of wood do to the white stripe running down the center of it. That's going to add some unique character to this tiki. This time I'm posting a side by side picture of the finished example tiki that I'm basing this tiki from. I recently got this tiki from Maui from the carver that I get most of my tikis from. This is Kane. According to the tiki carver Kane is not carved in tiki form very often. I've never seen a tiki like this and that's probably why. This representation of Kane has a very angular shape and a tall headdress. I'm going to try and replicate the design the best I can. I'm only going to change a few things slightly. I'm going to design a little different headdress. I hope I can pull this one off. This tiki is a little different then the other tiki designs I've been carving. I just need to draw a few more guidelines in pencil and I'll start carving.


 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2014-01-24 05:25 am   Permalink

I started doing some carving on this blank yesterday. I have to say that I bit off more then I can carve with this one. I'm up to the challenge of carving hard woods but this one is to hard. It has an interlocking grain that never stops. It's like trying to carve hard frozen ice cream with a spoon. It's a very strange wood. It's not overly oily but the wood chips even stick to the chisel at times. The other hard woods I've been carving would at least carve with a sharp straight chisel with the grain or at a diagonal without a mallet. You can't do that with Quena. I do almost all my carving with mallet work but some hand chiseling is done. I think I'm going to have a change of plans and carve a different wood with a new tiki design. About the only thing this wood has going for it is that it smells good.

 
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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2014-01-24 08:02 am   Permalink

I have found with trying different woods definitely have different purposes. Just because its good with power tools doesn't always translate into good with hand tools. If you are looking for challenges with hand tools, try pushing your creativity with a nice piece of Bass wood.

 
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Secret Squirrel
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From: Midwest USA
Posted: 2014-08-11 5:35 pm   Permalink

Hello everyone, I'm back again. I've been busy with other hobbies. I haven't forgot about tiki carving. I got a piece of black walnut ready to carve during the winter. It's just been sitting on my bench looking at me waiting to be carved. This piece of wood started out as a 6"x6"x12" block of wood. I ended up cutting a lot of wood off of it and rounded the front. That was a lot of work.


 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2014-08-11 5:39 pm   Permalink

Due to the size and shape of this piece of wood I decided that this was going to be a tiki head. Here's what it looks like after I chiseled the forehead channel.


 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2014-08-11 5:43 pm   Permalink

I got the eyes placed and chiseled out. They're going to be rounded over and smoothed if everything works out right.


 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2014-08-11 5:47 pm   Permalink

I spent some time yesterday chiseling in the upper lip channel and working on the nose.


 
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Secret Squirrel
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Posted: 2014-09-23 4:04 pm   Permalink

I'm finished carving the tiki. The only thing left to do is carve the headdress and some finish sanding and apply the tung oil finish.



[ This Message was edited by: Secret Squirrel 2014-09-23 16:05 ]


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2014-09-23 4:27 pm   Permalink

Great job SS. I think that's very unique how you finishing each section of the carving as you go.

 
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Secret Squirrel
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From: Midwest USA
Posted: 2014-10-01 5:06 pm   Permalink

I decided not to carve a headdress on this tiki. This piece of wood has some really interesting grain patterns throughout the whole carving. That's probably due to this piece of wood being cut near the pit of the tree. It also had some checking issues but I was able to remove most of the biggest splits that where on the back. I designed my layout and cuts accordingly. This was a problematic discounted turning vase blank that could not of been turned. I carved it into a tiki as a challenge despite its problems.

Here's what it looks like with the first coat of tung oil applied.




 
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