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Polynesiac
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From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2004-02-02 11:38 am   Permalink

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Tikiwahine
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Posted: 2004-02-02 12:08 pm   Permalink

Fantastic Polynesiac!

I'm the new owner of a small chainsaw and have wanted to jump into carving for some time now, I just need a little push and some wood to test my skills on!

I've always been more of a 2-d artist, but you've got to start somewhere, right?

Keep 'em coming! I can see your personality starting to come through! I love the grin on that palm, he looks so happy!
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From: Ventura, CA
Posted: 2004-02-02 2:51 pm   Permalink

Great start Polynesiac, looks like your hooked! The palm in question is definitelly a Mexican Fan Palm, i think... A good way to strip the frawns off is a utility blade (razor blade tip). The only way I've been able to get detail from palms, is to use a dremmel. Since the tool is spinning, it burns/ polishes the fibers which kind of solidifies them like below: Good luck and keep carving!
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Posted: 2004-02-02 2:56 pm   Permalink

oh yeah, make sure you dispose of the chips and dust from those green tree poles properly, they can be deadly if swallowed by dogs or kids. I use to use them for lamps too, but I started realizing that I had a horse voice for the next 2 days. I used an angle grinder to carve, so I was breathing the smoke from where the carbon fiber tip burns/cuts away wood. Yeah, bad news, I try to stay away from them now, its too bad they don't sell them untreated, 'cause I don't know anywhere else to get round pieces like that.?
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Polynesiac
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From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2004-02-02 3:12 pm   Permalink

Tikiwahine - thank you for the inspiration and be sure to post your carvings when they come about. I'd love to see them.

Tiki Tony - Thank you for the information about the fan palm (and a very cool carving with said wwood)- your idea of using the Dremmel sounds like a great idea. Did you use a special bit for that, or just one of the ones that comes in the set?
You're very right about the post - it's nasty stuff and I have a feeling I won't carve another one of these when I finish this one. I'm on the lookout for the untreated poles too, so if I find any, I'll be sure to post where they are.


 
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Posted: 2004-02-02 5:53 pm   Permalink

Polynesiac, If you say these are your first, I think you ahve been holding back. Let 'er rip and bring on some more.

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Chongolio
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Posted: 2004-02-02 8:08 pm   Permalink

Aloha and welcome Polynesiac. I like your work. That pole is coming along nicely. However, I think you should look for a less toxic log. Why risk the exposure. I bet if you contact a couple tree services in your area you find one that will hook you up. The logs may not be perfect but thats all part of the charm.
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Posted: 2004-02-02 8:11 pm   Permalink

Aloha and welcome Polynesiac. I like your work. That pole is coming along nicely. However, I think you should look for a less toxic log. Why risk the exposure. I bet if you contact a couple tree services in your area you find one that will hook you up. The logs may not be perfect but thats all part of the charm.
Keep on carvin'
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tikitony
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Posted: 2004-02-04 12:14 am   Permalink

polynesiac, I use the long fat cyllinder shape bit. The one at the bottom of the "U" line up from the picture. The one I use is a little longer than that one, but that gives you a visual. I use the edge of it, like a "v" shape chissel. I also use the "flex shaft" attatchment.

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Polynesiac
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From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2004-02-04 09:32 am   Permalink

Thank you for your support everyone - the carvings are coming out nicely (I always have several different projects going at the same time).I'll post as they come about.
Chongolio - That's a great idea! I do value my lungs, so I think I might just give it a try...

tikitony - Thank you for the visuals. I have that attachment and I'll head out the door after this post to try it out. By the way, I love the effect in your carving of the repeating tiki. I didn't see that on first look.
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diesel tiki
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Joined: Dec 17, 2003
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From: sultry south arlington,tx
Posted: 2004-02-04 10:23 am   Permalink

. Yeah, bad news, I try to stay away from them now, its too bad they don't sell them untreated, 'cause I don't know anywhere else to get round pieces like that.?

---------------------------------------------------------]try Lowes, I have seen eight foot long cedar posts in their gardening section. They are not smooth but rough on the outside and should hold up well outside. I don't know how well it would carve though.


 
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Polynesiac
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From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2004-02-05 3:53 pm   Permalink

Here's the new one.


He's an irate pirate.
Bartiki Roberts?
Calitiki Jack?
Tiki Beard?

This one is made out of the same palm as the previous one - possibly a fan palm (thanks Tikitony). Enjoy and thanks for lookin'.
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SugarCaddyDaddy
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Joined: Jun 03, 2002
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From: Huntington Beach, California
Posted: 2004-02-05 3:58 pm   Permalink

That's cool!

You've got the whole symmetry thing down pretty good, which is not always easy for starting carvers.

He really does look like a pirate!


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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2004-02-15 9:52 pm   Permalink

Polynesiac, That one Cool Pirate. You're really getting the detail down well.
Keep it up and give us More Pix
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OceaOtica
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Joined: Sep 29, 2003
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From: near Atlanta, Georgia
Posted: 2004-02-15 10:10 pm   Permalink

nice pirate, like how the patch was done

 
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