Tiki Carving

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Project by grovemadman posted 02-10-2008 05:32 AM 1564 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this Tiki from a palm log that I found. He is only 4’ tall but he is meaner than a junk yard dog. I will get around to finishing him someday, maybe… My friends say I should leave him the way he is. I had originally planned to make him anatomically correct except for the size of his head, which is supposed to be oversized purposely. He was an art project in college. I remember the day I had to bring him in for a grade, we got quite a few looks and comments as I wheeled him across campus. I got an ‘A’ for sculpting him with the closest to primitive tools that I could find. The log weighed about 150 lbs. when I started, his current diet has him down to about 100 lbs.

I carved this Tiki using only chisels and a couple of knives! His current duties are gaurding the entrance to my shop from evil spirits and uninvited guests.

-- --Chuck

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#1 posted 02-10-2008 11:54 AM

Was the palm difficult to work?

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#2 posted 02-10-2008 12:26 PM

very cool.
looks perfect just the way he is

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 02-10-2008 01:00 PM

very nice work ! i think i need one by my shop door . i get some evil spirits that come in sometimes !

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#4 posted 02-10-2008 01:18 PM

Chuck, that is as original project as I have seen. I agree with Debbie in that it should be left in its natural state. Somehow this seems fitting for a mean Tiki.

Nice carving too it really shows off your artistic abilities.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-10-2008 01:22 PM

Sometimes the wood can be extremly hard when it is all dried out. If you want to make one plan on letting the log sit for a long while while it loses moisture. If you decide to make one for your shop you may want to make a Ladyfriend for him, rumor has it the life of a Tiki is often a lonely one…

-- --Chuck

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#6 posted 02-10-2008 01:27 PM

So far the consensus has him staying in his present state. I’ll keep you posted if any changes are made.

-- --Chuck

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#7 posted 02-10-2008 09:53 PM

Nice carving project! I like the weathered look, it adds more character to the piece.

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#8 posted 02-10-2008 09:59 PM

pretty neat carving, an original. Was Tiki a benevolent God?, or a Mean spirit. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 02-12-2008 01:24 AM

Not sure Mike, LOL. He never says much…

-- --Chuck

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#10 posted 03-20-2008 05:57 AM

Thats pretty cool. It looks very tiki-ish. :) very nice work. I wish I coudl carve it seems like a fun thing to do exept I don’t think that I could learn. It looks very hard. Plus I don’t have a good artistic ability, can’t draw, paint, or even sketch a working plan. lol.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#11 posted 03-20-2008 06:51 AM

Sure you can Lad you just have to believe in yourself. Thanks for the props!

-- --Chuck

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