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Conga....Wisconsin stuff!
JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
Posts: 1692
From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2005-11-28 10:24 am   Permalink

Very Nice. I looked up your reference in Oceanic Arts and you did a very nice job. I like carving in pine also, not to many palm trees up here in the north.

 
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2534
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2005-12-02 05:31 am   Permalink

thanks Ben and Johnny P...I decided not to paint this guy...
mainly cuz I think I got a little over zealous with the poly...
but I'm pretty happy with him. May do something very similar
with a flatter finish and some paint.
In the meantime...I finally got some real woodcarver chisels...
have been using the basic Black and Decker carpenter tools till
now (yes...I'm sorry)....ordered some flexcut stuff and did this
last night...for your review...13 inch Maori...


He is going to be part of a larger project that will probably
take me into the new year to complete!

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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10397
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2005-12-02 05:46 am   Permalink

Wow, CT, how does it feel to carve with the "Real" toolz? This little tiki isvery good. Your carvings will improve 100% using these new Flexcut toolz. I'm Glad you took the plunge.
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Aaron's Akua
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Joined: Jul 09, 2004
Posts: 1596
From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2005-12-02 08:25 am   Permalink

Conga, I didn't know you were using carpenter's chisels all this time. I still use them a lot, but the flexcuts really help out too. I like this latest piece and the ancestral mask a lot. But I guess I never saw the lighter brown tiki with the bound wrists and upper arms shown behind the mask about 3 or 4 pics back. That is sweet!
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2534
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2005-12-02 4:23 pm   Permalink

thanks Ben and AA...yea it makes a world of difference to have
better tools...I just picked up a Flexcut starter set...and
enjoyed them so much I ordered a set of larger "sculptors"
chisels today...we're getting ready to rock up here in the
north. That first little guy was a quickie to "get the feel"
of the new chisels...
And A-A....I wish I could claim credit for the fella with
the ropes around the hands and arms...we actually picked him
up at a local liquidator store...cheap....along with two
companion pieces. I really like them and will post the complete
trio this weekend. Although I didn't create them...I'll just
post 'em in this thread.
Thanks again guys...getting really cold up here.

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Moondance
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Joined: Jul 29, 2005
Posts: 389
From: Bucks County, PA
Posted: 2005-12-02 11:32 pm   Permalink

Cnga-
I like this carving alot, Nice lines. I hope santa drops off some tools. Getting cold here also. BRRRRR

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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2534
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2005-12-03 1:48 pm   Permalink

thanks Mooney...winter is a drag...it sure makes a mess out of
my basement carving down there...but...what ya gonna do...
here is a post for A-A...a few guys I didn't carve...I really
like 'em tho...



We picked em up at a small liquidator store that often carries
imported/exotic merchandise.


 
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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
Posts: 1692
From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2005-12-03 2:05 pm   Permalink

I know all about that wood chips inside the house stuff. I do a lot of vacuuming in the winter.

I have a Flexcut chip knife and like it pretty well, but I haven't taken the step and invested in a good set of chisels yet. I've been making do with the basic K-mart set. I know you said you liked them but have you noticed a big difference with the set you just got. Is it the "feel" or the way they cut?
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2005-12-03 2:23 pm   Permalink

Johnny it's a bit of both feel and cutting ability. A couple
years ago I bought a set of really cheap carving tools...and
the result was the handles fell off and the tips broke...or
they were just plain crappy chisels. So I gave up and went to
the basic B&D chisels...good tools but not very versatile for
carving tikis. The flexcut chisels feel good with the
interchangeable mallet/palm handles...but the variety of cut-style
is the best part. I don't know much about other brands but
Flextool seems to be a fairly high quality product. I ordered
mine from two different on-line sources...one was selling for
suggested retail and the other for about 10 per cent off.


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rodeotiki
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Joined: Jan 21, 2004
Posts: 1513
From: calgary
Posted: 2005-12-03 2:38 pm   Permalink

I always like the great finish you get. I cant seem to get it consistant.
I too also bought some good chisels from leevalley tool and notice how much nicer they were than the old flat stanleys i was using.

Nice score on the carvings that you and the wife got.
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2534
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2005-12-09 6:05 pm   Permalink

thanks Rodeotiki...sorry for late response...been busy goofing
around again...
working on three projects at the same time...a small war club
for small battles....something that I will attempt to slice into
a Maori figure...and a Kon Tiki mask

this is a close-up of the "tiki"...I actually started doing a
Marq but didn't like him (drank too much)...so I chipped off
his face except for the nose...and started to dig deeper. In
the words of Jonathan Richman..."I got a lotta lotta lotta hard
work to do.!"

Thanks for stopping in...


 
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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
Posts: 3414
From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2005-12-09 9:44 pm   Permalink

Keep the tiki torches burning up there in the Northwoods Conga... nice work!

 
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2534
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2005-12-09 10:42 pm   Permalink

Hey Lake...gotta keep tiki torches burning in order to stay
warm...and it helps to keep chiseling too. Not sure this guy
is tiki anymore...think i'll just call him "exotic"




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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2534
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2005-12-10 3:03 pm   Permalink

several hours later...still not sure what's happening here...
but I believe the wood is leading me...instead of the other way
around...

this will eventually get a bunch of tats that will hopefully
pull into more closely into the tiki circle....I guess I'll
call him "Exotica" for now.

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kirby
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Joined: May 04, 2005
Posts: 1600
From: SoCal
Posted: 2005-12-10 3:10 pm   Permalink

The best tikis are already in the wood before you even start carving, It looks like this log has its mind set on looking a curtian way. Dont fight the inner tiki or you will be sorry ...

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