Monday, January 21, 2008

How to Carved a Tiki? 3-step process by

Have you ever wonder...well how could I carve my first Tiki? It is recommended not to try on a large log but the principal is the same.
Don't forget, the greener the wood is the easier it is to carve it. But it is also key to cure the wood correctly, which means time is NOT of the essence. The slower it takes to cure the wood, the lesser chance you will see cracks in the future.

More about Tikis: Hawaiian Tikis are spiritual figures who use their big, scary mouths and menacing expressions to frighten away evil. Their headdresses vary and have different meanings according to the shape.

First identify a log which is as straight as possible and make you first cut to delimit the neck from the body.

Second, draw the eyes of the Tiki, the head dress, the base, the legs, the nose...etc. Basically all the details that you want featured on the carved Tiki.

Third, that's where the fun begins! For the larger Tikis, you will need to use a chainsaw to carve 70 to 80% of the Tiki, then thanks to various chisels you will get down to the nitty-gritty to bring the details to the front. The last 20% will take 80% of your time as there is no limit on how detailed you want your Tiki to be.

For more information, please contact one of our carvers by responding to this post.
Aloha from the friendly Hawaiian isles!

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