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Conga....Wisconsin stuff!
congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2538
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-03-29 12:01 pm   Permalink

Hello friends in Tiki!
Benz...where you been? Oh forget it, I have been pretty quiet around here
too. The weather is better, still too cool, but good enough to start
working on some bigger stuff. The big chunk of pine in the background on
one shot is all carving disc, thanks for the tip on speed control and
safety. Those things are wicked, I have had too many close calls already,
but I still have ten digits.
Seeks, thanks and sorry for the delayed response. Why don't you talk to
those "Survivor" people for me, I'll cut you a percentage
And Jungle Trader, thanks much. I sleep, eat and dream "primitive."

And now for something new. I have about five hours into a larger "Abelam"
figure. This one is gonna get the full Conga treatment, if you know what
I mean.


Still a little snow....


The taller figure is...of course...basswood. I am happy that I think there
will be some nice grain in this one too. The log is a chunk of Wisconsin
pipe that I have had sitting around for a looooooooong time. I
think it may turn into a bird, but who knows
Now lets get rockin' everyone and lets see some cool stuff!


 
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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
Posts: 3414
From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2009-03-29 12:17 pm   Permalink

Very nice Conga!

Making good use of those pictures again!

You got lucky today... we got hammered with 7 inches of heavy, wet snow.

Back to the basement with me for another week.

Good to see you are finally rid of the snow... hopefully until next December!!!
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2538
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-03-30 05:51 am   Permalink

Yes Lake, spring is a wonderful thing. Perhaps not so wonderful in
your neck of the woods. Even tho it melts pretty quickly now, it
still sucks!
And...I still am getting some ideas from the pictures you sent a
while back. Beautiful stuff and always an inspiration. Not tiki
I guess...but we have a lot of peeps doing tikis


 
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benella
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Joined: Sep 27, 2006
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From: Meudon, France
Posted: 2009-03-30 07:32 am   Permalink



WOW, the way you separated the face from the swod is ... spectacular !

Ithink you stopped breathing 'til an asphyxie !

Excellent carve that I can't wait wearing his Conga Treatment !

Benjamin.


 
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Polynesiac
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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
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From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2009-03-30 07:55 am   Permalink

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I really really really like these carvings. The figure on the right is outstanding. I agree with JT, you must be part mud.
I think it would be tough to differentiate between one of your pieces and an original in a museum.

New one looks challenging! but it wouldn't be a congatiki if it wasn't challenging somehow! is the spear part of the same piece of wood or did you add it on?
curious minds want to know....
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2009-03-30 4:00 pm   Permalink

Looking sharp! That would take me 10 times as long
to do.


 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-03-30 5:05 pm   Permalink

Hey, thanks a lot Benella, Polynesiac and Seeksurf!
The spear on the new piece is not a separate piece of wood, that
would make things way to easy. This is my second Abelam style carving,
first one was much smaller and thinner a few pages ago. This one will
get much more of the paint treatment and other embelishments. If it is
possible for me to do a "masterpiece" I am hoping this will be the one.
However, I am fully aware of the danger of slinging TOO much paint so I
will be careful:-)

Thanks for your comments on the "mudman" Polynesiac, that one also is
not finished. I plan on some dramatic embelishments on that one too, I
just have to wait until the wild turkey season starts up here. I am
not a hunter but my boss is going to help me out with this one.


 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-03-31 07:29 am   Permalink

Hey hey hey, Conga, I'm Still here!
Nice to see you unafraid of that Abelam guy with the big Stick! I guess he knows you Will shorten his stick if he gives you any crap. He looks like he will be one of your better guys too!

Glad to see that white stuff finally making an exit, That's gotta really up yer production for a change,although I gotta say you've been steadily turning stuff out through the winter. That's DEDICATION for 'ya.
Now we just gotta get you down here so we can work on that Tan!!
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-03-31 08:54 am   Permalink

Hey Ben...be careful what you say. It's snowing again up here in Northern
Wisconsin. If we get ONE MORE DAY OF SNOW (before next September) I am gonna
be at your doorstep! Can I bring the dog too?


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-03-31 12:23 pm   Permalink

Luv all the latest stuff Conga! Killer drum! Where did that come from? Is that one of your pieces?

I have a woodpile sort like yours but my logs get infested with dead wood borers after a while. I guess you guys up there in the tundra don't have that problem?


 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-03-31 4:30 pm   Permalink

Thanks Big T. I did not make the drum. I bought it on EBay a few years
back in a package of goodies that included a few "tourist" tikis...
tiki letter openers...sorta like a bag of Tiki Stocking Stuffers.

As for a log pile...this weekend I will post a pic of my log stack from
some brush removal and clearing that I am doing on a small chunk of property.
You won't believe it. Even if I carved as fast as Bay Park Buzzy the
stack would last literally forever.

Thanks to all for visiting...progress stuff this weekend too.


 
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FreddieBallsomic
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Posted: 2009-03-31 4:37 pm   Permalink

Howzit, Conga?! That abelam piece is lookin' great. That mudman carve is spectacular as well. Lookin' forward to seeing it all finished up. Hope your stayin' warm.. We're gettin' hit with a snowstorm as I type. Hope all is good.

 
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surfintiki
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Joined: Sep 30, 2004
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2009-03-31 5:21 pm   Permalink

Man, I'm feeling sorry for you guys, still getting pummeled! It's over for us out here on the Cape...but lots o' rain.
Lookin' awesome Conga!


 
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2538
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-04-04 4:05 pm   Permalink

Hello again from the beloved Congatiki! Many thanks for visiting the
Conga thread FreddieBalls (we will get together sometime this summer,
sort of a Northwoods tiki gathering) and Surfintiki. Although a little
more snow is in the forecast for tomorrow, I believe we have turned the
corner into spring. I've got 75 miles on the road bike, took the motorcycle
out of the garage for the first time this afternoon, and did some more
work on a couple of spring tiki (?) projects.
Here's a little update on the latest Abelam carving...some progress at
the top end



Gonna try to do a bunch of final sanding tomorrow and then it's
on to the hook knife for some detail stuff.
Also working on the big pine feller...right now it thinks it is going to
be a big-ass hornbill...but it could turn into something completely
different...like maybe a Cuscus. Look that one up


 
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2009-04-04 9:15 pm   Permalink

Mr Abelam is turning out Fantastic! Looks like a ton of
work put into him.

I looked up the Cuscus looking like a furry rodent
sounds like a cool carve.
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