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Conga....Wisconsin stuff!
congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2011-03-07 06:55 am   Permalink

Thanks everyone, you are inspiring me to keep pushing. Having my
name mentioned in the same sentence as Benzart is compliment
enough for me. He's a purdy good carver
I've been fairly busy lately getting in my last few ski outings
for the season but I should be able to get a little carving in
during the week....then we'll see where this chunk of firewood is
headed.


 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2011-03-20 1:13 pm   Permalink

Hello everyone, finally making some progress with the tiki-inspired chunk of basswood....
first coat of stain and a bit of detail work...slow but sure...




He's 14 inches tall and 8 inches wide...I took off a lot more wood than I have left
Another week or so of piddling around and I think he'll be done.


 
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amate
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Posted: 2011-03-21 4:29 pm   Permalink

YES ! and very nice progress indeed!! I love the eyes and can't wait to see the finished product. I got a large block of basswood for Christmas and need to plan a project for it. I'm eager to see the finishing technique you use.

 
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laojia
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From: Metz Lorraine France
Posted: 2011-03-21 10:33 pm   Permalink

Very nice work Conga!
He look like quiet, he breathe wisdom... Very nice!

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Benzart
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Posted: 2011-03-22 02:15 am   Permalink

Holy COW Grasshopper, you have learned your lessons Very Well, this guy has life and is Full of Feelings. I credible detail,,, How'd'ja Do It?
HAPPYHAPPYHAPPEEEEE!
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2011-03-22 2:16 pm   Permalink

Hello kind friends.

Thanks Amate and Laojia, not really sure how I'm going to
complete this project, I appreciate your comments. In one
sense I think it would be a cool wall thing with a tiki-ish
shield, and on the other hand I sorta like the free-standing
head. Who knows?

And Benz, you are too funny. At least I am able to make the
venerable master happy happy happy. To answer the question
"how did I do it"...well....I just copied you


 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2011-03-27 7:36 pm   Permalink

So....let's say you wake up on a sunday morning and decide you just need to do a "little
something" to a carving...and you find some cheap seashells and think they might work for
eyes. Like this...

And to make it work you need to undercut an opening in the eye so the shell will fit....

The handy dremel took works pretty well to dig under the opening so the nasty parts of
the shell will fit under it

Then another coat of stain...this time a shade darker...and we have either improved or ruined
a fine tiki carving

Now the carving looks sorta like Petri the wonder dog

And that's it for another week...or so...thanks for visiting Congas Corner.


 
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Creative Chimp
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Posted: 2011-03-28 12:10 pm   Permalink

woooooo! your dog looks possessed.....must be a full moon...ha ha ha ha

great carve on that face with the inlay shell eyes conga......groovy job.


 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2011-04-02 6:57 pm   Permalink

Conga,,,,, You Done GOOD!

 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2011-04-12 5:56 pm   Permalink

Thanks Benz and Chimp, and everyone who popped in. And I finally finished something.



Seems like it took me a long time to finish the rascal, hard to find enough
carving time during the winter months. But spring is here, time to find a big
piece of northern Wisconsin basswood and see what happens.
This guy is hollowed out in the back so he can either hang on a wall or sit in a hall.
And he likes green eggs and ham too.


 
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Grand Poobah
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From: Reading, PA
Posted: 2011-04-12 6:34 pm   Permalink

those detail are amazing! all of the wrinkles and the eyebrows as well as the stain, especially how it seems to get darker in areas that would normally be darker!

 
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amate
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Posted: 2011-04-15 1:25 pm   Permalink

Yes, I like the stain too. It enhances the grain without covering it up. I would be interested in knowing what shade/finishing techniques you used. (Only if you care to share it.)

 
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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
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From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2011-04-15 1:58 pm   Permalink

Man Conga, this one is showing your carving maturity level fo sho! Very nice piece indeed.

Basswood is supposed to be a dream to carve on. I have an Avacado in the works and it is very keen to details.

Mahalo


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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2011-04-15 8:40 pm   Permalink

Greetings Poobah, Amate and McTiki, appreciate your nice compliments about the latest carve.
No problem sharing my techniques Amate...pretty simple...time consuming...but generally produces
nice results.
A venerable carver, someone named Ben, has posted about staining, sanding, staining, sanding, and
so forth. His stuff always turns out pretty nice so I have started putting a little more effort
into the staining process.

On this carving I started with a coat of a stain called "special walnut"...which was a little more
brown than a typical walnut stain. I sanded off as much of the stain as I could without going crazy,
leaving some dark crevices (such as the deep carved areas around the nose...eyes...etc.) Then a
second coat of the same stain...repeated stain seems to show more grain and create a little
translucence to the whole thing...excuse my explanation...have had a few cocktails tonight.)
After sanding off the stain a second time I switched to "walnut" stain which is quite a bit darker
than the special walnut. That gave me the general color that I wanted...along with some nice
grain and the darker accents around the eyes and facial features. Then...three coats of
tung oil...each one giving the carving a little more character. Tung oil gives the project a nice
"glow" without being shiney.


The stain/sand/stain/sand/stain process gives the finished produce a "glassy" look that is
pretty cool in real life...a little hard to capture in a photograph. There is a depth that I have
not been able to achieve with a single coat of stain. Basswood is wonderful to carve but can be
a bit blotchy if you don't take the time to finish it properly. But...as Jackie Mason would say...
I don't know.

At any rate...I appreciate all positive comments...they keep me going when I wonder what it all
means.


 
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seeksurf
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2011-04-17 10:52 pm   Permalink

This fella turned out fantastic! Congrats.

 
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