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Hi I have always been interested in monsters, skeletons , tikis, totem poles etc.. since I was a young boy. I always wanted my parents to buy me a totem pole ( a huge north american one ) they said they would when they went on holiday but it never happened. Anyway I noticed this website about a year ago, may I say it is excellent. I recently bought a chainsaw and decided to give a tiki a go here are the progress pics so far

Used a chainsaw initially and dremel for more detail

The wood is a type of Eucalyptus (white peppermint) second photo is after torching and sanding

I think I might stain it with a Jarrah stain

Comment and advice greatly appreciated

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Welcome to you Nomolos! Intéresting first tiki, perhaps a little bit too burned, but it's just a question of taste...

Keep carving with fun and don't forget to share your progress!

J.

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after staining with a merbau stain

not a great photo

N

Started on 2nd Tiki, this carving stuff is addictive!!

It's a tough piece of wood - parts are really soft and crumbly other parts hard and splintery.

As parts crumbled away I had to change the design, fluctiuating from liking it to disliking. Any advice about next steps to take appreciated.

Cheers

Sol

On 2009-08-05 00:08, nomolos wrote:
Any advice about next steps to take appreciated.
Cheers
Sol

Take it to the OC Beach Burn IV and start over.

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Dude, Thomas the train is totally checking out your tiki's ass!!!

That is just wrong.

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On 2009-08-05 10:52, pjc5150 wrote:
Dude, Thomas the train is totally checking out your tiki's ass!!!

That is just wrong.

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Yes he appears to like what he sees

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Hey bro, just sent you a PM.

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Tiki in the garden

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New Tiki project underway...

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Nice bro!

T

Good start and neat piece of wood. What is that?

Lookin a lot better.
You are already showing good progress.
Keep it up!

Welcome to TC. Nicely completed piece. Stain really brought the features out and he's displayed enjoyably. Great start! Keep up the carving so we can see more of your work.

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Thanks for the encouragement everyone

Big T, the wood is Eucalyptus Pulchella a native tree here in Tasmania

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Had a bit of an accident, I got an arbotech woodcutting blade and attached it to my angle grinder and it was hard to control and put a big gash in my tikis nose.

Had to do dramatic cosmetic surgery

see pics

B

WOW, Good thing it was the Tiki nose that got the gash. Those blades are Very dangerous and you need to use utmost caution when using them. To tame it down a bit and give You more control, use a "Router Speed Control" from HERE and DON'T get the red one as it doesn't deliver the torque required from the angle grinder.
Once you get the speed down to a manageable level you will be amazed at how much more you can do with the thing
Keep working on the tikis, they are looking better!

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Thanks Ben - They are dangerous I cut my pants slightly, did not go into my leg luckily. Much harder to control than the chainsaw!! I put it down after that and wet back to the die grinder. I'll check that link.

Do you think it may be possible to make another nose from a separate piece of wood and glue it on?

Cheers

Sol

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Bummer. But luckily, no injuries to you. I'm not sure a patched on nose would match. Maybe just go with a flat nose design?

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Unfortunately those router speed controllers don't seem to be available in Australia

Can't seem to get the nose right after the accident

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Have done a seperate nose, got a split in it so glused and viced it

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Also found some old tools that were my father's - I could only identify a few such as the mallett, borer and chisel can any tool experts tell me what the others are

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Also found a few holes in the wood, with yellow curry powder looking dust, think it may be termite work.

Found a little white grub in it and I suspect it was a termite.

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For my next project I got a 6ft log of Celery Top Pine - any one else used this?

http://islandspecialtytimbers.com.au/shops/ist/pages/special-species-timbers/celery-top-pine

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On 2009-08-23 06:01, nomolos wrote:
Also found a few holes in the wood, with yellow curry powder looking dust, think it may be termite work.

Found a little white grub in it and I suspect it was a termite.

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For my next project I got a 6ft log of Celery Top Pine - any one else used this?

http://islandspecialtytimbers.com.au/shops/ist/pages/special-species-timbers/celery-top-pine

Good collection of tools there. Clean and sharpen them all up and keep em close by.

Your little white grub is probably some kind of wood boring beetle. Termites look like white ants.

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With nose temporarily blue tacked on - may do something similar with the eyes

N

here is a pick of the celery top pine log

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Big T - I think I was wrong with timber description first tiki and the nose is definately white peppermint gum, the tiki is I believe actually Tasmanian Blue Gum - Eucalyptus globulus globulus. This was a log I found in the bush and thus I was initially thinking it was peppermint gum

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A successful nose job!

Nice!

N

more photo updates of the tiki

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Welcome Good start you have going on here.
You are going pretty deep into the wood early.
Keep it up.

N

More updates

Fixed up one of his eyes, now just a bit more sanding and some engraving then to stain with a teak or walnut stain.

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Well I wouldn't have beloved it, but the patches look really good. The whole tiki looks really great. Nice job.

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Thanks BigT - I am happy with the way it has turned out so far. I only went with the patch as a last resort but it seems to work

B

Excellent Nose job, You considered going into plastic surgery? :)

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Huge improvement on this 3rd piece Nomo!

Looking good.

I like the hollow head too. Been thinking about doing one like that.

On 2009-08-23 01:20, nomolos wrote:
Also found some old tools that were my father's - I could only identify a few such as the mallett, borer and chisel can any tool experts tell me what the others are

Tools look like, R-L: Carpet cutter, Carpenters Chisel, Chip carvers knife, Leather punches, Wood Scraper, Can't see it, Wood Scraper. The round wood scraper would be used to help scrape out the inside of wood bowls etc. Nice old hand drill.

You tiki came out really great! I was having some doubts about the plastic surgury but you pulled it off quit well. Nice work and keep up the carving.

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Thanks for the encouragement everyone, I did a bit of torching today but it it went quite black - will have to get a wire brush and remove as much as the charcoal as possible. Thanks for the info on tools ... found some more old tools more photos soon

The eyes are also plastic surgery jobs but I used wood from the same log thats why they match better, hopefully the stain I apply will make it all look the same.

Just a query if anyone can help is how to make the teeth a lighter colour maybe a liming product?

B

Cool bunch of tools there, it's amazing what you can do with the tools at hand. Well done .

lookin good,Aloha, Mooney

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After putting linseed oil and flaming it I used a brush to remove some of the charcoal, looking at it now I don't think I will engrave any patterns as I like the aged look of it

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With stain

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Duuuuude!!!!

I like it!

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Nice first tiki keep them coming.

The stain really pulled everything together, good job! I'm sure you've already started to carve your next... so post pics already.

Kool stuff ya got goin here,and it's great to see another
Aussie chip'n away!keep em com'n.Cheers Watango

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pjc5150

  • thanks a lot

seeksurf - thanks will do

TikiMango - will start another soon - its so engrossing I don't do enough of my other tasks

Watango productions - thanks to fellow Aussie - are there many of us?

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