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Conga....Wisconsin stuff!
kaha ki'i
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Joined: Dec 13, 2005
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From: Laguna Beach California
Posted: 2005-12-31 5:12 pm   Permalink

Aloha Conga Brah!
Looking good cuz! I love these Ki'i from easter island! Most people, Like myself usually just do Moai but This guy really looks great! Cant wait to see the completed version! Keep carving bruddah!!!

Malama Pono!
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Aaron's Akua
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2006-01-01 9:42 pm   Permalink

Conga, I'm really just getting into the copy of "Oceanic Arts" that I finally got this Christmas. It's giving me lots more insight into what you've been doing the last few months. The ancestral figure, the Kava Kava, all looking great. I've got a few bookmarked for myself now.
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2006-01-02 06:12 am   Permalink

appreciate the kind words Kaha Ki'i and A-A...it's always fun to do something a little different....
a bit challenging to keep digging in when you still don't see where you are going...if you know what
I mean. The pics in the Oceanic Art books are great...and the real inspiration comes from all
the great carvers on TC...you know...it's always "one more little area before I go to bed"....or
"this is a little rough"...A-A would do it better! Thanks for checking in....the Kava Kava man
is assuming a life of his own...he's starting to scare me.


 
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finkdaddy
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Joined: May 11, 2004
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2006-01-02 06:47 am   Permalink

Aloha Conga! Your carvings are really looking nice. I love the way you can visualize what you want to do long before you actually do it. I can't do that to save my life. I kind of just go in blindfolded and pray for the best.

My new years resolution (actually, one of many) is to get back to the carving. I know DawnTiki and a few others on my to-do list would like that too. Looking at your work has givin me the carving itch again. Mahalo nui!
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2006-01-03 08:55 am   Permalink

The Kava Kava Moai man has been a favorite of mine. Looks good and I noticed that you changed his eyes. I really liked the round eyes, kind of reminded me of another stlye tiki.

 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2006-01-03 4:12 pm   Permalink

hey Teakey...yea I really like the Kava Kava man...and once I got started I found a number of
other web images that I hadn't seen earlier...showing several variations of the same theme...some
with round eyes and others without. I felt I needed to slim the eyes a little to deepen the
"dish effect" of the circle around the eyes. Hard to explain...but changing the eyes took a lot
of thought. I'm not sure which I like best...but for now...I guess I'm stuck. As you well know...
he is much better fed than most of the Kava Kava that we see. You know..Wisconsin boy....lots of
cheeze and taters. Thanks for checking in.




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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-01-03 4:32 pm   Permalink

Conga, he's lookin Better and better. Still a bit too well fed yet, but I'm sure he will be starvin' by the time you are done with him.
Excellent work Conga...
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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2006-01-03 4:59 pm   Permalink

Looking fine, conga... he has a haunting look to him that I feel really works well.
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2006-01-12 06:04 am   Permalink

thanks everyone for your kind words...now...how about a nice "tiki central" welcome for my
friend...the moai kava kava....translation.....chocolate boy...





 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-01-12 07:17 am   Permalink

Conga, Congratulations, you have Really created an Excellent piece of chocolate. Your KavaKava man is way beyond your experience level, WHO Helped you? I think the "Old Ones" helped you, worked through your hands, to create this beauty. Here is this starving, ghostly, shell of a human being, all covered in decadent chocolate, telling his old buddies,"I Found Mine, and I'm keeping it".
Very well done Congatikiman, are you proud of this one? Are you so excited you were almost afraid to share with us for fear we would not see the beauty in it? Excellent job man, excellent job. The only bad thing about doing a piece like this is that it's really hard to turn around and get him out of your mind enough to begin another piece.
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Posted: 2006-01-12 1:04 pm   Permalink

Conga i think this is your best one yet by far.Keep em commin and thanks for sharing.
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2006-01-12 1:38 pm   Permalink

So cool! Freaky, but cool. Conga, you've really hit a new level with this one. Does anyone know the story of Kava Kava man? Just curious.

Aaron
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rodeotiki
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Joined: Jan 21, 2004
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From: calgary
Posted: 2006-01-12 1:40 pm   Permalink

Sorry to say but that thing would keep me awake at night....very freaky. It is beautifully carved and the finish is perfect.
Way to go Conga. Now go learn to sleep with one eye open.
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2006-01-12 3:33 pm   Permalink

Kava Kava bestows good wishes to all of you...
Ben...thank you...I am very proud of this guy...I may have been working through the "old masters"...
you included....and you are correct on another point...Kava Kava was in my mind for so long that
I have developed "carvers" block about the next project...I even thought of just quitting for a
while...but guess what...my boss dropped off four new logs today!
TikiBeat...thanks for all of your comments...
A-A...as best I can determine....the kava kava style is Rapa Nui...meant to represent not only
direct family members but all ancestors....
and R-T....appreciate the comps....you wouldn't believe how much time I spent just looking at this
guy...late at night...being almost freaked out by how spooky he was turning out...almost feeling
like I was carving something evil. No BS...it's true.
I knew this one would miss the mark with a lot of people....thanks heeps for your endorsement.


 
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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2006-01-12 3:37 pm   Permalink

He turned out great. I like the expression on his face. The fact he is standing in the snow is pretty cool too! So what is the next project?
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