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My very first Tiki carving project

As a freaky tiki and a lover of all things Hawaii, I’ve always wanted to learn how to carve Tikis. Unforunately, I am not a handy guy and simply not great with tools. So I stuck to pen and paper, designing and drawing Tikis I would someday like to carve. Of course the Doll knew about my interest in carving, so she decided to surpise me with a Tiki-carving-set for Christmas. She gave me a book called “The Big Book of Whittle Fun” by Chris Lubkemann, a Victorinox Tinker pocket knife (as adviced in the book) and a stack of wood, for me to get started.

My first project

I couldn’t wait, so I started on my first little project right away. I figured a Moai would be a good start and after drawing some lines on a block of wood, I got cracking on my first Tiki!

The Greaser's first Tiki Carving Project - The Greaser and the Doll

As the book had predicted: the little key ring on my knife would start to annoy and hurt, while carving. And boy, it did. After an hour, the ring had already left a deep, red mark in my finger. The key ring that had to go!

The Greaser's first Tiki Carving Project - The Greaser and the Doll

No pain no gain

After the neccessary adjustments to my knife, I continued working on my Tiki. Just when it was starting to take shape, I cut my finger… Of course the only thing I could find was this huge bandaid, better suited for a wound on the knee or elbow. The text on the bandaid was quite appropriate though: Shit Happens! Excited as I was, I continued carving. But I soon found out that the cut in my thumb was NOT helping. Time to buy some bandaids!

The Greaser's first Tiki Carving Project - The Greaser and the Doll

The result

After a week or two, when my finger was fully healed, I got around to finishing my Tiki. After some more carving and sanding, this is the final result: my very first hand carved Tiki! On to the next one!

The Greaser's first Tiki Carving Project - The Greaser and the Doll

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The Greaser

Mixologist in the making, photographer and tiki enthusiast. The Greaser writes about cocktails, music, movies, and more.

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