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Basement Kahuna
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2005-09-05 3:32 pm   Permalink

Ben, you da monster... Moon, the arrows just remind me of the slope direction.

 
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rodeotiki
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Joined: Jan 21, 2004
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From: calgary
Posted: 2005-09-05 4:15 pm   Permalink

Glad to see you back. This post and a few others are what inspired me to try carving.

Cant wait to see more!!


 
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2462
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2005-09-05 5:31 pm   Permalink

appreciate the pics and tips BK...this one will be fun
to watch!


 
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Tiki G.
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Joined: Feb 28, 2005
Posts: 380
From: Jacksonville Beach, FL
Posted: 2005-09-06 07:14 am   Permalink

B.K., I as everyone have been wondering when your spirit would return. Glad to see the gods are shining upon our graces and yours. Welcome back.

Guess you are going to have to change your name now, unless you can find another basement to carve in!

"Lawn Kahuna" or something another.......

Just take off your shoes and dig your toes into the grass and you'll be fine!

Let them swords fly, once again.


 
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Palama Tiki
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Joined: Mar 01, 2005
Posts: 349
From: Lake Wales, Florida
Posted: 2005-09-06 07:25 am   Permalink

BK, i'll have to second (third, fourth, fifth) all the carvers who said that it was you who helped inspire them to carve; mainly you, Benz, and A-A were the drivers when I first logged on to this site. (That's not meant to slight anyone else here). it was your step-by-step photos that gave me the "AHA" moment as to how to carve.

welcome back!


 
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Polynesiac
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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2079
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2005-09-06 5:33 pm   Permalink

Welcome back! I can't wait to see the progress on this piece.

Now I don't have to continually dig for your thread...
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Aaron's Akua
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Joined: Jul 09, 2004
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2005-09-06 10:33 pm   Permalink



(translation: happyhappyhappy)

Hey, welcome back BK.

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Basement Kahuna
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2005-09-07 12:26 am   Permalink

This tiki has a very special client now! The most speshulest teeeki bar in the whole wide world, (at least my favorite one of all time, hands down, and one hopefully we'll all meet at in October!!).

 
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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2005-09-09 12:13 am   Permalink

Go get 'em BK...

And git your tail down to Hukilau this year.


 
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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2005-09-09 11:09 pm   Permalink

I'm there, man...(thanking all that need to be thanked!!) Alright...here are some photos of the progress...A couple of shots of what I'm doing...Basically, I'm doing guide cuts and then angling in on them. The cuts on a Marquesan are mostly 90 degrees. I sink a duckbill chisel (something I made, just by grinding a flat chisel down to a 16th of an inch in a duckbill taper shape so it can sink very deep into a log) in 1 inch and a half (marking the depth on the chisel with a magic marker) and then cut the wood at an angle into it. There are a couple here of cutting Marquesan teeth as well...I have another specialized tool strictly for carving Marquesans I improvised called my "Chopper Popper" . What it is is basically a spatulate shaped chisel with a round tip that I ground down on a bench grinder. It fits the contour of a deep gouge that I use to do the teeth on all of my Marquesans..Just start the tooth line with trusty gouge and a rubber mallet (I want to be sort of gentle when carving these so I don't have too much wood taken out should I want to change the pitch of the tooth a wee bit). Once I am to the lip line, I just "pop" the tooth out with the improvised tool. Works kinda nice. Now it's time to start the sleepy eyes!!

 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2005-09-10 06:08 am   Permalink

Ahhh, bringing back the good ol' days. BK, it is SO Nice to have your workings grace the pages of "Creating Tiki" again. This looks like another Super BK tiki coming out of that log.
Did I say HappyHappyHappy?
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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2005-09-10 08:47 am   Permalink

You're too much, Ben. You raised the bar when you showed up here, man. We could all learn from you! I'd say any subsequent Book Of Tiki should include a chapter on you and your Tropicana tikis..Amazing stuff.

 
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Aaron's Akua
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Joined: Jul 09, 2004
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2005-09-10 09:09 am   Permalink

You are the king of step-by-steps, BK. Your posts are full of useful info - this latest batch "reminds" me of the old days before I started w/ TC. I've gone back to this old post more times than I can remember. Big Marq is going to look great.

A-A
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The Sperm Whale
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Joined: Aug 23, 2004
Posts: 1550
From: Lakewood California
Posted: 2005-09-10 09:47 am   Permalink

This thread "Kicks Ass". Basement Kahuna thanks for creating this thread and taking the time to show your work step by step. All of your work is bitchen!!! The new Marqesian Tiki is coming along nicely!!!
Thanks Again,
Spermy
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rodeotiki
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Joined: Jan 21, 2004
Posts: 1513
From: calgary
Posted: 2005-09-10 12:48 pm   Permalink

I have to also thank you. Seeing these pics sets of a light bulb in my head. You need to put this to print and sell it!!!

Cant wait to see more.


 
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