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Tiki Carving Tips?
Turbogod
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Posted: 2002-07-08 06:05 am   Permalink

I want to try and carve a Tiki Pole for my bar. Any tips on Technique, woods etc.

Thanks,
Chris


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Tiki Diablo
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From: socal
Posted: 2002-07-08 11:31 pm   Permalink

I would first start off with a clay model of the design. This is kind of how car design is done. This will help you see how all of the nooks and crannies will run together, how deep to carve, and so forth. This way you won't ruin a piece of wood. You can also sketch it out first, that's what I do sometimes, but the important thing to do is just have fun and relax, after all its a piece of wood. I would stick to softer woods. What kind of tools are you going to use? Maybe try a tiki out of rigid foam, then just paint it.Good luck.

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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2002-07-09 06:47 am   Permalink

<<I would first start off with a clay model of the design.>>

I think I started with mashed potatoes. Then I got a lot of mud and sticks and made a big one in the living room. Err, wait. No, that was the alien landing zone I'm thinking of...
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bamboo ben
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Posted: 2002-07-09 08:00 am   Permalink

Before you start carving tiki, you must pray. Pray to not cut a finger off. Pray that the splinters don't hurt that bad for weeks. Pray that the arthritus won't come till later. Pray that you won't gouge your hand, leg or fore-arm.
Everything should be cool if none of this happens.
Enjoy!!
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Mattio
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Posted: 2002-07-09 12:43 pm   Permalink

I went out and bought a set of chisels and a pair of gloves! I only wear one glove so the hand I am holding it with doesn't get splinters in it. I just started out on a small block of wood and now I am working on a small pole!

 
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woofmutt
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From: Seattilite Telstar
Posted: 2002-07-10 01:51 am   Permalink

I'll add some more to this later but for starters: Never cut towards yourself (your body, hand, leg). It's 8th grade shop advice or general dad advice but it's widely ignored as most any emergency room can tell you. The temptation is to stay in the flow of a cut even though the blade and you are on a collision course. Move. Find a different angle and continue. Get your piece of wood anchored down somehow (Is that Navy slang?). And wear safety googles so you don't waste valuable carving time fishing wood chips out of your eye or eye chips out of your wood.

 
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Tiki By CC
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Posted: 2002-07-12 11:36 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2002-07-09 08:00, bamboo ben wrote:
Before you start carving tiki, you must pray. Pray to not cut a finger off. Pray that the splinters don't hurt that bad for weeks. Pray that the arthritus won't come till later. Good One BB! Should I send 'em my pic?!? -=CC=- Pray that you won't gouge your hand, leg or fore-arm.
Everything should be cool if none of this happens.
Enjoy!!




 
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Turbogod
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Posted: 2002-07-12 12:04 pm   Permalink



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Turbogod
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Posted: 2002-07-12 12:05 pm   Permalink

CC got the picture. That looks nasty

 
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KayOleia
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Posted: 2002-09-09 6:40 pm   Permalink

A hint I got from CC Rider (California carver), if you use a high speed grinder, make sure the disk stays on. He sent me a pic with his leg gashed open.......while he was in the ER!

 
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GECKO
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Posted: 2002-09-09 11:22 pm   Permalink

Try to get V shaped chisles. Helps clean the corners. If you use the chainsaw, don't go to deep. it's easty to take off wood but cannot replace it! Then maybe start chizlin', if you see you need to take off more meat, kick on the chain saw again. Use angles on the saw, not just straight!! if you know what I mean? earplugs, safety glasses and a Brother IZ CD! And the rest of what the guys said! Espcially having an actual piece (tiki) in your hand to see where you need to remove material. Befor I started carving Tiki's I carved tropical flowers and plants. I just started Tiki's a few years ago. Have fun!
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the75stingray
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Posted: 2002-09-10 06:03 am   Permalink

Is there any particular wood indeginous to the central part of the country that will not split?
A tree trimmer told me that if you treated the wood properly any wood would do, but he never told me what to treat it with.
Suggestions?



 
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Tiki_Bong
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Posted: 2002-09-10 09:18 am   Permalink

My good friend 'Lefty' the one-eyed tiki carver, god rest his soul, always said 'forget about all that safety crap!, all you really need is a 12-pack, a pint of rum, a gallon of gasoline (Witco style) and a big-ass chainsaw, another 12-pack, some more rum, some Vicadin, and a chisal for finish work, to really knock out some fine tiki's'.

Ah, Lefty! Before he lost his right arm and left testicle in a small chainsaw mishap, he was planning to take his tiki business BIG TIME! Then after the little Witco-style gasoline incident things were never the same for my good friend 'Stumpy'.
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Tiki King
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Posted: 2002-09-10 11:41 am   Permalink

I use an Adz and a 1/4" chissle for large work, and an Exacto knife (#11) for small stuff. I have spent too much on "nice" carving sets, but always go back to the basics. I don't usually plan it out, sometimes I have an vague idea of what I want it to look like, but usually just start carving, and cut away anything that doesn't look like a Tiki. I like to think that the Tiki is already in there, I am just letting it out. Sounds corny, I know, but...
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mrtikibar
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Posted: 2002-09-10 12:20 pm   Permalink

Tiki King,
Reminds me of an old interview I saw with
Keith Richards. He has the same (it's already there) philosophy about his music. No one ever accused Richards of being corny.


 
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