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Conga....Wisconsin stuff!
congatiki
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Posted: 2006-02-26 7:03 pm   Permalink

wow tikigap...those were a long time ago....they make me laugh too.


 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2006-02-26 9:03 pm   Permalink

I'd go with an almost black torch burnish and some chalky earth pigment paint in red and yellow ochre colors and lime white...if he's white pine he will take a blowtorch nice and even and brush out smooth/grainy..that's a good Mindibit..It could look nearly right out of the Sepik Highlands if you paint him right! Nice job carving this piece.

 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2006-02-26 9:05 pm   Permalink

P.S. What you have there is called a mythology figure, used to represent stories/legends. They are very important in that culture.

 
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JohnnyP
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Posted: 2006-02-27 2:01 pm   Permalink

I'm with BK go dark and add the chalky highlights.

You spent a lot of time sanding.
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-02-27 4:59 pm   Permalink

Definitely excellent job there and looks like you wore out your sander. Nice finish, nice carving, Excellent PNG.
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GMAN
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Posted: 2006-02-27 5:00 pm   Permalink

Conga,

The Mindimbit looks great. Taking your time and giving him a thorough sanding sure paid off. I love it as is, but that isn't to say that he might not be even kooler with the pigmentation BK recommended. Since he is so dang nice, I guess I would try to work his coloration to as close to authentic as I could. However, any way that you wind up finishing him I bet he'll look great. Another great carving!

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congatiki
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Posted: 2006-02-27 6:00 pm   Permalink

mahalo Freddie...BK...Johnny...Benand GMan....honored by the feedback from you guys.
I have decided to follow my original muse with this one...and go with a dark and painted
finish...but I have a couple of questions of the more experienced in the group.
1) Since I have some sealer on it...I assume it might be too late to torch it...correct?
2) What do you guys mean by "earth pigment" or "chalky" paint...I assume not acrylic paint
from the hobby section of Wally World. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Thanks again for the nice comments.


 
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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2006-02-27 8:27 pm   Permalink

conga great carving - very original pieces that you are doing. I haven't seen many carvers recreating the more "obscure" tikis. (read as the ones that people see when they close their eyes and think of "tiki")

For painting - in the past I've painted first (you can use color water based stains from ROCKLER - they have some super earthy type choices or I've used acrylic paint too), then sanded and removed much of the paint before I stained over it (with whatever color I would stain the entire tiki). That adds some of the aged look to it. Good luck!
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tfisherart
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Posted: 2006-02-28 12:26 am   Permalink

conga beautiful piece of work. I perefer the natural look,you can torch it but I would sand as much sealer/finish off in the areas to be torched as possible.
It starts to bubble and burn and it smells like caca and the fumes are harsh.
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congatiki
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Posted: 2006-02-28 05:54 am   Permalink

thanks for the kind words Polynesia and TFisher....final decision....this one was so much work
that for the time being I am not going to cover him up....like a newborn...he's gonna run around
naked for a while.....he may eventually get the vintage/relic/passed from generation to generation
look...but for now he's gonna have the "fresh outta the box" look.
Better pics when he goes outside to play this weekend.
thanks


 
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kaha ki'i
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Posted: 2006-02-28 09:11 am   Permalink

Aloha again Bruddah!
I love da buggah! Great carving!!! I do like it in the "raw" state, but Im sure youll give it a nice look when you finish da kine!
Keep up the good work brah! I always love seeing what you create!

(Still got the Mensters palying in the gallery! Every time the CD changer goes to your Music, a nice mood & atmosphere comes into the gallery! Love it!)

Malama Pono!
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congatiki
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Posted: 2006-02-28 3:43 pm   Permalink

hey Bruddah Kaha...Mindy appreciates the kind words from a master such as yourself...and really
happy that the mensters are still causing good vibes....and
Polynesiac....just wanted to say thanks again for the comments on the "obscure" tikis.....there
are so many spectaculars tikis being shown on this site...i need to focus on these weird guys
just to get a little attention


 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-02-28 7:13 pm   Permalink

Conga, the old PNG carvers are really awesome and I think they Cover up too much great detail with their "Earthy" Colorings. Personally I Like your piese raw. The ONly thind I hate about the PNG Stuff IS the painted surfaces. You are a wood carver, not a painter,Well you are a painter too, but Woodcarvers like to see wood. THey love seeing the beautiful wood grains and all that stuff. Let him be nekkid for a long time, then cover him.
Torching after a sealer is difficult because when you torch a pieceof woot, you Amplify the differences within the grain of the wood and If you seal it Then burn it, you are burning the sealer and not getting the same effect. Try it if you like but if it turns out bad, it all has to be removed. I have to lightly torch my current Maori but for a different reason. after the stain when on and was sanded, a Lot of stringy hairs stood up and dared me to burn them of, but they gotta go.
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congatiki
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Posted: 2006-03-04 10:38 am   Permalink

thanks for all the input and inspiration...nothing real exciting here...just finished shots in
the sunlight....he was fun....think i like him with the naked look



putting the chisels away now till coontiki...can hardly wait!


 
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GMAN
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Posted: 2006-03-04 12:29 pm   Permalink

WAY TO GO CONGA! He looks great! I'm glad you decided to keep the natural look. You have to do what you like....

Good luck and have fun at the carving seminar. Let me know how it was - and take lots of pics!!!

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