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I had an Archontophoenix pass away last year. Decided to try carving on it... the wood was pretty soft but worked out .. now it will live on. This is the first tiki I’ve carved from one of my own palms :) 

 

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Dave

 

Riverside, CA Z 9b

1700 ft. elevation

approx 40 miles inland

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That's cool... Good job... I have a guy down the street from me that carves  them... I have no talent... I wonder which palms are the best for this?... I have a large foxtail, that the power co. keeps wanting to remove... Sooner or later it'll have to go... I wonder if it would be a good candidate for this...

 

 

Butch

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Very cool! Would love to add some to my garden some day. Not sure I have the skills to carve them. Never actually tried. 

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My latest- filibusta bass, birch top with resin covering fabric.. Turned out nice!

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Dave

 

Riverside, CA Z 9b

1700 ft. elevation

approx 40 miles inland

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I have a good sized Caryota that grew nicely, flowered and died.  It's about 13' tall.  Wonder if it would make a tiki.  I don't think I have any talent in that area.  LOL

Steve

Born in the Bronx

Raised in Brooklyn

Matured In Wai`anae

I can't be held responsible for anything I say or do....LOL

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I too carve from palm trunks, only using a chain saw. Sabal palmetto and Washingtonia are best suited for me. Dense wood and greater diameter of trunk. Most palms have too much water and they collapse/rot quickly. I use a blow torch after to give my tikis a charred aged look. 

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Rick Leitner

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

26.07N/80.15W

Zone 10B

Average Annual Low 67 F

Average Annual High 84 F

Average Annual Rainfall 62"

 

Riverfront exposure, 1 mile from Atlantic Ocean

Part time in the western mountains of North Carolina

Gratefully, the best of both worlds!

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The big ones about 4 hours. I sell most but keep a few for my own garden. 

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Rick Leitner

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

26.07N/80.15W

Zone 10B

Average Annual Low 67 F

Average Annual High 84 F

Average Annual Rainfall 62"

 

Riverfront exposure, 1 mile from Atlantic Ocean

Part time in the western mountains of North Carolina

Gratefully, the best of both worlds!

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@TikiRick I like the look with the “bark” left on the log! Chain saws make me nervous- I’m just a chisel and mallet guy- but then it takes me 20 hours to get the carving done ... but then the fun is the process :) and it makes selling them in realistic, which is good for the yard! 

Dave

 

Riverside, CA Z 9b

1700 ft. elevation

approx 40 miles inland

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@Chris Chance you should totally do it! I was in the same position years ago- and saw some logs in a field on my way home. Found some info on the internet and gave it a try. You’re not far away- i would be happy to give you some tips! 

Dave

 

Riverside, CA Z 9b

1700 ft. elevation

approx 40 miles inland

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