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    Shootr's New Adventure - Totem Pole Build

    Can you believe it's been a year since I naively embarked of the Nautilus project? (Still standing by the way )

    I've had a real thing for totem poles since seeing a bunch of them up in the Pacific northwest years ago. I've decided to try and make my own out of steel: gas bottles and lots of scrap parts and pieces.

    Step one, picked up a used bottle for $20 and it will be the first spirit at the base. Managed to get the valve out with a big monkey wrench and a bigger hammer. Later today I'll strip the paint off it and start to layout an image. This will be slow going - I really want to take my time, think everything through, and do my best to make it epic. Feel free to follow along if you're extremely bored .

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    Re: Shootr's New Adventure - Totem Pole Build

    Shootr,
    "This will be slow going - I really want to take my time, think everything through, and do my best to make it epic. "
    Since both the Tlingit and Haida totems have some fairly distinctive 'forms' and 'patterned spirits' and vertical organization? Do you have a sketch/plan/design that will allow you to follow those forms?

    Do you envision creating your own spirit images? Or will you be supporting the historic/indigenous/original spirit forms? One entire route of design might be to find your own images of the spirits these wooden sculptures praised; another somewhat traditionalist view of the designs might be to adhere to the classic forms and make those in metal? Either design ideal might be worthwhile?

    Just asking about the planning stages of your project creating and building a Spruce Totem in metal; as an integral part of "doing your best"?

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    It won't be faithful to any one "tribe" or event. As I've cataloged various examples I identified individual forms that I believe I can create with my limited skillset. Maybe it could be seen as a respectful homage to what totem poles mean to those that create them. At least that is the spirit it is being built with.
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    I stripped as much of the paint off as I dare (still de-gassing the tank) so I could draw layout lines to help maintain symmetry. Flexible magnetic tape did the trick.

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    A little test to see how copper soldered to steel looked and worked. Successful.

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    This is a picture of what I am going to try first (minus the fish hat).
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    Re: Shootr's New Adventure - Totem Pole Build

    This is a cool project. I'm following.

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    extremely bored and following...
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    Cool project, Shootr! Lots of trial and error and learning.

    I KNOW you’re having fun along the way


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    Re: Shootr's New Adventure - Totem Pole Build

    Shootr, I have seen steel domed pipe caps, you may be able to find them the right size to fit the fence posts, the decorative post caps are very likely cast zinc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Cool project, Shootr! Lots of trial and error and learning.

    I KNOW you’re having fun along the way


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    Thanks man, it is fun and I will learn more about fabricating on this project than any of the others.
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    Re: Shootr's New Adventure - Totem Pole Build

    Something planer like a moai, I would look for a Pepakura pattern (folded paper) and scale it up...

    https://www.artstation.com/artwork/9e5x6N



    Even if you choose to “round thing out” Pepakura would give you an easy sorting place.


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    Re: Shootr's New Adventure - Totem Pole Build

    That some neat lookin totem pole you got there, very nice work. I wish I had the patience for somethin like that

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    Re: Shootr's New Adventure - Totem Pole Build

    It looks great so far.
    If you still have that hand held propane torch, you can experiment with heat shrinking. Try to use that on the areas you want to flatten or shrink.
    Here is one video on heat shrinking car panels that shows it pretty well.

    He has sped up a really long video but if you go to 2 minutes or so, you can see what he is doing.



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    This thing is gonna be neat see done, have fun doin this I be watchin, cant say I can give any advice I never did this kind of stuff but it looks intresting

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    Free-hand cutting 45's in tubing is not a skill I've yet acquired... I took a 2-3/8 fence post and tried to cut a pie slice out of it so I could fold it into a 90deg elbow. After the third utter failure I gave up and cut the 4th one all the way through, spun one piece around and tacked it together.

    Next I had to figure out how to bend the forearm around to meet up at the leg. I went with a series of kerf cuts and that kind of worked - but in reality it took a lot of tacking, mashing, grinding - repeat.

    3 hours later, I had one arm done.

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    Hard to get a pic of it, the edges of the arm are too blended into the body. Once I finish the other arm and fingers I'll see how it looks. Maybe cut a line with a cut off wheel to outline the arms.

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    Ha, I also wanted to cut one of the ring gears to make a pair of ears. Apparently the manufacturer has their heat treat/hardening process nailed. That sucker is NOT going to be cut with my portaband!
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    Zip disc will usually work where the saw won't... but it could take a while...
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    Re: Shootr's New Adventure - Totem Pole Build

    Shootr!
    That "fish hat" is an Orca !!! (symbol) not too many fish with big mammal teeth and horizontal tail to match horizontal white stripe in dorsal fin!!!

    The knees might could-a been done by orange-peeling the top ends of the two half pipe leg outlines?

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    Shootr it WILL dispense beer, right ??


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    Nice work on the forehead - was wondering how you were going to get it done. Go for the Orca if you get the time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Shootr it WILL dispense beer, right ??


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    Re: Shootr's New Adventure - Totem Pole Build

    Is that dude smoking a cigar in a public area? Hope he brought enough for everyone.

    Nice job looks great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country Metals View Post
    Is that dude smoking a cigar in a public area? Hope he brought enough for everyone.

    Nice job looks great

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    I keep a few around for friends...

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    I think I'm pretty much done with this piece (to be the base). Fingers, nose, knees and shoulders today. Cut a grinding ball into 1/4's and shaped to fit the arms and legs. (Killed 1 HF grinder and 5 zip discs.)

    The nose is bent and formed and fitted 18ga sheet.

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    I'm fairly pleased with it. Still some blending/grinding to do, and I think I'll make a necklace - a sea turtle, the missus loves her turtles!

    Spittin' image?

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    Nice work,well that explains the Stogy, No complaints yet from the Cancel culture. not me I think its fun
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    Shootr, that guy turned out looking great! (not the live one, the steel one. LOL), it's got character. Are you planning on painting it?

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