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Conga....Wisconsin stuff!
congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-08-09 05:18 am   Permalink

I made you smile? Thanks Clarita, that made my day
Finky, many thanks. For some reason I had been putting off the
Lono style, probably afraid of the headdress! I'm glad you like it.

Gonna start chipping into a new chunk today, no plan at this point.
See ya later.


 
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Bali_Dan
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Joined: Aug 17, 2007
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From: Lake Conroe Texas
Posted: 2009-08-10 08:49 am   Permalink

I have started and scrapped several Lono. Never could get the headdress right. Yours is just wonderful.

 
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2009-08-11 10:16 pm   Permalink

Yes! Sick! Love this guy. Great little bird on the front.

 
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-08-23 6:45 pm   Permalink

Thanks Bali Dan and Seeksurf, appreciate it.
I've put off a Lono many times, Dan, always afraid of the headdress
too.
Well, I've started working on something else




I'm not really sure where the inspiration comes from,
many things, including some of the characters in LLT's
paintings. Had to take a carving break to get my daughter
situated in the Boulder area, nice to get back to whacking at
wood.


 
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surfintiki
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Joined: Sep 30, 2004
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2009-08-23 6:59 pm   Permalink

CooL! He looks like a polynesian version of the doctor from Nightmare before christmas! So far so good. And the Lono, excellent work my friend!

 
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TheBigT
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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
Posts: 1616
From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-08-24 12:13 pm   Permalink

Cool, i like the nose so far. Is this basswood too? This one's got a big ol crack also, I see.


 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-08-24 12:20 pm   Permalink

Thanks guys...he's pretty funky....I know....I appreciate the kind words.
Yes BigT...another piece of basswood. Funny thing...one of my car customers
dropped off a lot of basswood this summer...this one looked great when I started.
I did about an hour and a half of rough-out...no problems....then I went to
Colorado for a week and the sucker cracked on me. I just dabbed a small amount
of filler into it yesterday while carving the face. Hoping for the best.


 
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Queen Kamehameha
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Joined: Oct 21, 2003
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From: So Cal
Posted: 2009-08-24 3:09 pm   Permalink

oooooooo conga,this is different, but cool! he's a happy dude!


Amy


 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-08-25 07:25 am   Permalink

Cool Stuff Conga, When you fill those cracks, do it with WOOD, Not filler. Cut some Shingle shaped slices and beat them into the crack covered with glue so that when they go in as far as they can they will be glued in. Next day after the glue dries, cut the protrusions off with a knife, chisel or angle sander/grinder and smooth it out with a light grinder until it is part of the piece then leave it until everything blends in perfect, You may need to sand it but the cracks will be filled and filled tight so will look like they were supposed to be that way.

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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-08-25 07:44 am   Permalink

Benz, I have been dealing with cracks in basswood for years now, and you
finally tell me how to fix 'em! Many many thanks my friend. I know its gonna
work better than filler.

Reminds me of a djembe workshop in which I participated in several years ago.
The instructor (Mamady Keita) only offered individual tips if he thought people
were advanced enough to get it. He helped me in the first two sessions when he
thought it might do some good, but when we got to the advanced session he just
ignored me and worked with the better drummers

I'm taking it as a compliment that you offered a helping hand.

Gotta post a pic with my wife and her "eagle." Thanks again.


 
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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2009-08-25 09:18 am   Permalink

Very nice new style. The most interesting thing here is that the conga style constantly reinvents itself. This one looks like a conga interpretation of a Vanuatu slit gong.

(you make me want to start slinging the saw again)


 
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finkdaddy
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Joined: May 11, 2004
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2009-08-25 3:20 pm   Permalink

I think it's funny that you titled your thread "something new". Everything you do is something new!
Lookin good so far!
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-08-26 06:12 am   Permalink

Hey thanks Amy (sorry I missed your post) Johnny and Finkdaddy. Since this
is a pretty far-fetched tiki I am starting to have a lot of fun with it...no
boundaries you know
Since it can't really be "wrong" I decided to see if I am a carver or a
happy hacker. I wasn't really happy with the eyes so I have been digging for a
more natural looking set of peepers, sort of what you might find on a cigar store
Indian. Having some success...I'll offer a little update soon.
Thanks for taking a peek.


 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-08-29 4:40 pm   Permalink

Making minimal...but satisfactory progress on the latest imaginary
character. Followed Ben's advice on filling the crack with wood,
sorta fun and challenging, actually easier than it sounds.
Here's a little update, still pretty rough....

Thanks again Ben for the tip on crack-repair, you da man!


 
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GMAN
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From: My Island
Posted: 2009-08-29 5:52 pm   Permalink

Yo Conga,

This guy is tha shitz. I love the face. Looks like the repair is perfect. Very nice work.

-G

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