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Conga....Wisconsin stuff!
Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2009-02-09 4:12 pm   Permalink

Great piece, Conga. Congrats on the paint, too...looks great. Always loved the Leroy Schmaltz versions of these in the Kon Tiki Ports.

 
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big daddy
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From: houston
Posted: 2009-02-09 4:21 pm   Permalink

very nice! abby is sweet. the paint really looks like inlay or sharks teeth. love it.

bd


 
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-02-09 4:43 pm   Permalink

Well talk about "making my day." The Conga thread is rescued from page two
by none other than Basement Kahuna! Nice to see you around here again BK,
I really appreciate your comments. I like this style of figure so much
that when spring finally hits up here I am gonna make a BIG one.

And thanks to you Big Daddy. I think I did some of my best detail carving
on this one, so your comment means a lot.

Winter has been a real bitch up here, so I haven't been able to do any
big stuff, and I haven't had a chance to work much with my new carving
disc. I did purchase a speed control for my grinder, as suggested by
Mr. Benzart. This makes all the difference in the world and will make
the dangerous bugger somewhat more manageable. Anyone else using a
carving disc or grinder should get a speed control, they are pretty
inexpensive.

I do have a couple of things in the works, and one of them is pretty odd.
Oh shit, they're both pretty odd. Pictures soon.



 
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GMAN
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From: My Island
Posted: 2009-02-10 04:47 am   Permalink

Odd? From you? I don't believe you....maybe you should show us and let us decide for ourselves?

-G$
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TheBigT
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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-02-10 1:29 pm   Permalink

I don't know what an abelam is (er, I guess now I do), but it kicks ass! Haha! I don't remember seeing that short dude in the picture. I might have go through your back pages (again).

Oh, I wonder if it's one of those old ones where are the pictures are now tiny?


 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-02-10 4:37 pm   Permalink


Many thanks to you Big T. The Abelam people are a New Guinea tribe, and
the "Abelam" style figure is referenced in a pretty well know book around
these parts, pg 247 in BOT. I'm just an upper midwestern whittler but
I think I might have lived in New Guinea in a prior life. And you don't
have to dig too deep to find the short guy. He's "Voodoo Child" whose
finished pics can be found in just the last few pages.

Okay GMan, here are a couple test shots. I don't really know what it is,
but some would call it "not-tiki."


Still pondering at least three background options to finish this one,
we'll see what happens.


[ This Message was edited by: congatiki 2009-02-10 17:22 ]


 
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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2009-02-10 11:12 pm   Permalink

Whatever you call it Conga, its very nice work!

Quite refined, and it shows the skills of a seasoned carver.

Hope you got a taste of Spring Tuesday... we hit 60 degrees and melted enough ice for me to get in that big lake and catch some waves.

Winter is coming back, but Tuesday showed that it's icy grip is starting to lose strength.

Soon you'll be back out in the yard carving up the big logs again!

Nice work on your latest!


 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-02-11 03:14 am   Permalink

Yep, I think you'd better keep a watch out over your shoulder, those boys in the White Coats are comin' ta take You Away, Away and I think the PNG Ancients have Already got a big hold on you! Are there long periods of carving sessions you don't remember,and do you wake up wondering where this thing came from and who did it for you? YEp you better look out behind you, they're sneakin up on you. You don't get these Master skills by yourself overnight and just start makin these things.
How did you Do it?
Did you do it?
Actually you have the skills to do better ones and I think you will prove that in the next few pieces.
OK, I
ll shut up now!
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Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2009-02-11 07:39 am   Permalink

Very nice Conga! CONGA STYLE ROCKS! I like the way that fabric looks behind the piece too.

 
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2009-02-11 8:08 pm   Permalink

Nice conga way to mix it up.
Don't look like a bear to me
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-02-12 4:37 pm   Permalink

Thank you my friends, Lakesurfer, Ben, Babalu, and Seeksurf. This was
a fun little transitional piece out of winter. I finally settled on a
painted background, feeling that the carving would get lost in a darker
background like leopard print or the Massai wrap in the previous pics.
Like you Babalu, I thought the fabric looked great. My wife obtained it
on a trip to Africa, and I couldn't talk her out of it.



Thanks for checking in. Now I must ponder what I can possibly do to
warrant all of the lavish praise from Mr. Benzart Not sure that
I am worthy.


 
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seeksurf
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2009-02-12 5:05 pm   Permalink

Nice back up color, sense you cant bend the will other the
significant other. I hear you. I have the same problem.
Must be why we are still married.
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-03-09 8:59 pm   Permalink

Thanks Seeks, and all you other casual visitors. It's been a little
while.


Just wanted to share what I have to look at before I fall asleep.
This is my "mudman" carving, embellishments to come.


 
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seeksurf
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Posted: 2009-03-09 9:12 pm   Permalink

Right On! I like this fella. I sure scene a powerful spiritual medicating
filling about him.
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kahalakruzer
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From: Dana Point! California
Posted: 2009-03-10 8:06 pm   Permalink

I can't wait to see that mudman finished! Thats an awesome looking woodgrain too. It makes simpler pieces so much more complex.

 
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