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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2006-03-20 7:29 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-03-20 15:15, Polynesiac wrote:
Here's some 12" diameter fish float lights for some tiki bar somewhere...



Those blue balls are huge...I should really do something about that.

Tanks for peepin'!




Nice Blue Balls ( and the other colors too)!!!

Can you give us a clue to where they are going?



 
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exotica59
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Posted: 2006-03-21 05:24 am   Permalink

wow! Those are excellent! You make kick butt float lights!

 
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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2006-03-21 11:00 pm   Permalink

Pdrake - (I think I said this ina PM...but I forgot) - You can use LEDS, but I use regular lights. It gives them a more "vintage" glow

Ona - thanks, bro. 12" diameter globes go for $90, smaller diameters for less. I'll have some on hand at Oasis

Ben - thank you, but 'tis FORBIDDEN for me to say...Arrrr....

Exotica - thank you!

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Polynesiac
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From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2006-04-24 6:23 pm   Permalink

Okay, my fellow carving peeps I have a favor to ask of you. I was called to do a commission of a "hot rod tiki" for one of my palm suppliers a while back. Seeing as how I offered to do it gratis, I pushed it to the back burner a long time ago. Well, I need to finish this guy up (supplier stopped calling me about palm wood) and I've run into an unexpected road block. He wanted the tiki to have a cigar in his mouth. I actually forgot about the cigar until after I carved him (and remembered while I was staining him), but my idea of what the cigar would look like in my mind is much different than how it actually came out.

Here's the tiki (keep in mind he's not finished):



This is a style I'm very unfamiliar with, so I studied the "hot rod tiki" thread for inspiration. Man, you guys are good that carve these things. Originally I was going to add flames n' shit, but I figured a little go-tee was enough (he's going to be holding some wrenches too 'cause this guy is a real car nut).

The cigar came out looking...well...like a painted piece of bamboo (or a brown steel pipe, as the wife put it). I don't smoke cigars, so I don't have any examples to look at around the house and images from the internet are helpful, but don't let you feel the texture. So, heres my question for 'yall. Is there a material I can use that resembles what a cigar is wrapped in, but is durable enough to survive outside? I'm thinking I'll just wrap the bamboo and repaint it.

Here's a closeup of the bamboo cigar:



Thanks in advance!
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rodeotiki
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Posted: 2006-04-24 7:25 pm   Permalink

The carving looks great and I love the idea about the wrenches.
As for the cigar maybe you could wrap a piece of dowel or bamboo in some dried palm leaf and modpoge it and apply a coat of poly. Burn the end off so it looks like it was a lit cigar too. I done smoke either but I am sure what ever you change will be for the best.
Cant wait to see it done.
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kirby
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Posted: 2006-04-24 7:27 pm   Permalink

hey dude. I would take some kind of palm frond or sum kind of braud faced tropical plant leaf, and either use the bamboo or carve a scrap piece of wood in a semi oblong shape then wrap the wood in the leaf. you could even burn the end. then poly coat it and put it in his mouth ...
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kirby
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Posted: 2006-04-24 7:29 pm   Permalink

dude rodeo.. you beat me to it while i wasnt looking...

 
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rodeotiki
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Posted: 2006-04-24 7:37 pm   Permalink

All credit to Kirby , I just type fast than him.

And with the exchange rate factored in , his idea is about 20% better than mine.

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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-04-24 7:43 pm   Permalink

Go to the gag store and get one of those giant foot long Real Cigars and use that. Urethane it all up and shove it in the hole and paint the end red and you got it done.
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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2006-04-24 8:29 pm   Permalink

Rodeo/Kirb - thats a great idea with the palm frond and modge podge. I think I might just try that. I just have to make sure it ends up looking like a cigar and not a giant spliff.

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And with the exchange rate factored in , his idea is about 20% better than mine.



HA! too funny, rodeo! But at least yours is more colorful!

Ben - You're a man of the same cloth, brother. I wish I had thought of that before I drilled the damn hole. I am all about making it E-Z (especially when it's free). I might check the party stores anyway and see what I find.

this is why I love TC, being able to bounce ideas around a little. Thank you!

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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2006-04-24 10:46 pm   Permalink

Hell... I don't think the bamboo one looks all that bad... afterall you're the artist and it is free...

I stress all the time about things like this after I went ahead and did them...

Then I ask my wife.

She sets me straight and I realize I was thinking too hard about it.

Whatever you decide it looks killer!


 
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SCTikiShack
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Posted: 2006-04-25 08:26 am   Permalink

Polynesiac,

I like it!!
If you were up here, it would be smoking something else.
This one is definitely kind of a Surf Style tiki, if you know what I mean.
We'll have to hang out next time I'm in San Pedro.
Good luck at Tiki Oasis.

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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2006-04-25 09:39 am   Permalink

I'd smooth that thing and deliver it. Ben's idea about the big cigar is a good one, too...I think you'd have something by being able to say it had a "real cigar". I know how you feel about those kinds of commissions...I have a bad lip-biting reverse polarity problem when I've had to stray too far off the islands. But name is name, and it gets yours out there every time someone buys one of your tikis. And your quality is good.

 
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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2006-04-27 09:00 am   Permalink

THank you so much for your comments, I haven't had time to finish this guy up just yet (Oasis in 1 week!!!), but I'll let you know what I decide.

Lake, BK - I know exactly what you guys mean. WHen you're used to carving a certain way we know what we are capable of doing and it usually "just happens" without any issue. It's when you deviate from a style that you're familiar with you become overly critical (and we are our worst critics) and tend to get stumped. Plus, I want to put as much aloha in all my carvings (even the free ones) that if I didn't just stop carving, none of them would ever be done! Thanks for the comments!

SC - Bro, mi casa es su casa. I don't think this guy would care if the cigar did look like something else!
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hewey
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Posted: 2006-04-27 8:36 pm   Permalink

A few points from me. I approached this as if someone gave me that tiki and said give it a hot rod makeover. This is what I would do, hope some of it helps.
* Carve the teeth around the cigar a little more, so it looks like he is biting it, not just he has a hole drilled in between his teeth. Hard to explain but curve them around the cigar.
* Fill in the end of the cigar and paint all of the end red. When was the last time you saw a cigar with a hollow end? Maybe try sponging on 2 different shades of red to give it a "burning" texture.
* 8 Balls for pupils!
* Tatts! Paint or carve into arms. Even just some simple flames would suffice.

Mate, very cool tiki though! I love it, Im sure he will

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