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Conga....Wisconsin stuff!
GMAN
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Posted: 2007-06-11 3:54 pm   Permalink

Is that great or what!? Conga that face is nutz! I bet the muggies could do one heck of cool mug out of this guy.
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2007-06-12 10:46 am   Permalink

Many thanks Ben, Finkdaddy and GMan. I have to admit that I am really getting
attached to this guy. There was a time I thought I had blown it but I kept digging
and things just started to pop out. Initially I liked the body but knew something
had to be done with the head. Now that the head is coming to life I have to go back
and dedicate more time to the body.
I think I'm sniffing out one of my finer pieces....thanks for your support and commits.


 
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JohnnyP
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2007-06-12 12:51 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-06-12 10:46, congatiki wrote:
.... There was a time I thought I had blown it .....




Naaaahhhh. He just knew what had to be done and kept pressing you to do it. It looks good, as Gman said, it would look good as a mug. Benzart said it looks really smooth. All of your pieces look smooth as glass, no matter what stage in the carveing you are. What's the secret?


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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2007-06-12 2:00 pm   Permalink

thanks Johnny....you wanna know my "secret?" Well, it's pretty simple. Gonna
let the cat out of the bag for you. After each stage of rough chiseling, once
I have the basic wood removed, I hit the accessible surfaces with an angle grinder.
If I can't get into spots with the grinder I will use a rotary or detail sander,
and then old fashioned hand sanding.
Then I turn the lights down real low in the lounge.....lite a couple of candles....
and check out where the shadows fall.
Then I either move ahead with another area...or in the case of this one...
remove more wood and start over again.
This one is getting a lot of attention...see ya soon.


 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2007-06-17 2:14 pm   Permalink

Well hello, thanks for stopping by.
No Hukilau for this guy...no yard work on fathers day...lotsa time for chisels...grinder
and sandpaper


This chunk of basswood refuses to let me go, I have known him for over two months and I still have
a lot of work to do.


 
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GMAN
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Posted: 2007-06-17 3:06 pm   Permalink

Conga,

He is looking so sweet. Everywhere I look there is something to catch my eye. I like the way his legs are staged. Lots of movement there. He just keeps getting better and better. It looks like you spent a lot longer than 2 months on him. Fantastic!

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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2007-06-17 5:54 pm   Permalink

Looking better every time you touch him. "The Shadow Knows". The shadow trick is an Old carvers secret from way back and shows you where the light falls off and different depths, lows and highs. Its all in the lighting, just like photography, the trick is to know where you need more light and where you can do with less. It's alright, I'm confused too.
Good stuff Conga.
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2007-06-21 6:37 pm   Permalink

Thanks GMan and Ben...many thanks for your continued support of my off-beat chizzlin'. I
appreciate it more than you know...well...maybe you DO know!
Well...this is how things wound up on the latest...and Gman...I just got done mowing the lawn!



Thanks to all of you who have popped in to take a look at the progress on this dude....he had
me confused for a while!


 
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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2007-06-21 6:39 pm   Permalink

that's really nice. i wish i had a big, bass log to carve. it must be fun.

 
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FreddieBallsomic
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Posted: 2007-06-21 7:16 pm   Permalink

That headdress is Siiick! Nice work.

 
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Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2007-06-21 7:18 pm   Permalink

Very nice Conga! He has a wonderful presence. I agree with G....lot's of movement, and plenty of cutting edge Conga flavor! Another top shelf tiki to add to the line up.
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Benzart
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Posted: 2007-06-21 7:33 pm   Permalink

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..he had
me confused for a while!



No, I think YOU had HIM Confused the whole time! Nice finish Conga.
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2007-06-22 08:08 am   Permalink

Many thanks guys!
P Drake...come up to Wisconsin anytime and I'll give you a big chunk of basswood.
I got a lot of em in my garage. Nice wood to work with.
Freddie...the headdress just evolved as I dug into the wood to find the right
"spirit." Actually when the head started to skinny up I found some similarities with
some of your pendants...they're very cool.
Thanks Baba...he does look nice with his big cousins. I am working to create a
"wall of tikis" in the lounge...looks cool...I'll post a coupla pics soon.
And Ben...well...you are the best...always appreciate your feedback.


 
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GMAN
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Posted: 2007-06-22 3:08 pm   Permalink

Conga,

That couldn't be any nicer. The finish is perfect for him. Fantastic work all around. I can't tell you how great it was to watch you continuously dig in that log, changing things up, and finding your true vision. It's scary work, but you overcame all of the hurdles with aces. This is truly a special piece and one that has brought a lot of entertainment and happiness to a lot of people. Be proud.

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Howland
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Posted: 2007-06-22 7:55 pm   Permalink

Very nice, indeed! And that headdress IS a rocker!!!

 
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