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Secret Squirrel Tiki Carving
VampiressRN
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2014-10-01 6:04 pm   Permalink

Nice work!!!

 
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Secret Squirrel
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Joined: Oct 29, 2013
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From: Midwest USA
Posted: 2014-10-01 6:26 pm   Permalink

Thank you. Carving by hand is definitely a lot of work. I learned some things while carving this tiki. I'll use those things to get faster while doing future carvings.

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
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From: So FL
Posted: 2014-10-02 07:14 am   Permalink

You have been giving yourself some interesting challenges with you first few pieces. Using hard woods has its rewards - like the beautiful grain and finishes - however it may limit you if you're doing it all by hand. I started out using hard woods as well, but one of the things that helped me develop my knife skills was switching to basswood or butternut after using hard wood. It gives you more freedom to work on form and technique, and allows you to make mistakes without feeling bad about screwing up a nice piece of wood. The soft stuff will also help develop your speed as you get more confident in your cuts. Keep 'em coming!!

 
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Secret Squirrel
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From: Midwest USA
Posted: 2015-01-26 3:51 pm   Permalink

I took your advice on carving some softer wood. I picked up some basswood. Not to carve tikis with. I used the basswood to do sample carvings of decorative headdress designs.

 
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Secret Squirrel
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Joined: Oct 29, 2013
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From: Midwest USA
Posted: 2015-01-26 4:08 pm   Permalink

Here's my newest tiki carving that I just finished carving a few days ago. I've been slowly working on this tiki for a while. It's 18"Hx6"W carved from black walnut with a tung oil finish. This is the largest tiki that I've carved so far. I learned some new things while carving this tiki. I also got a chance to use some new chisels. I like how this tiki turned out.


 
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domin
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Posted: 2015-01-26 6:57 pm   Permalink

i like how it turned out too. nice finish, i always liked walnut.

 
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Secret Squirrel
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From: Midwest USA
Posted: 2015-01-26 7:25 pm   Permalink

Thank you. I really like carving black walnut.

 
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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2015-01-26 8:07 pm   Permalink

Nice! Symmetrical and smooth, beautiful grain

 
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Secret Squirrel
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Joined: Oct 29, 2013
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From: Midwest USA
Posted: 2015-03-26 3:44 pm   Permalink

Here's another tiki that I finished carving a couple of days ago. It's carved from curly maple. This piece of wood has some nice sap wood, spalting and division lines. The curl doesn't show up as well in photos compared or real life.




 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2015-03-27 05:42 am   Permalink

Awesome mask. I love your finishes SS. Well done!

 
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Secret Squirrel
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Joined: Oct 29, 2013
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From: Midwest USA
Posted: 2015-03-27 07:32 am   Permalink

Thank you very much. I appreciate your compliment. It's nice to know that after all the hard work someone likes the finished piece. I put a lot of time and effort in to my work.

[ This Message was edited by: Secret Squirrel 2015-03-27 07:33 ]


 
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DHTiki
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Joined: May 10, 2013
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From: Sunny Phoenix
Posted: 2015-03-27 09:13 am   Permalink

Outstanding and original! I dig the detail on his headdress...

 
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2015-03-27 09:39 am   Permalink

It's apparent that you do put a lot of work into your carvings. Nice carve but also beautiful wood and nicely finished. Good work!

 
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