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Conga....Wisconsin stuff!
congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2006-12-04 06:03 am   Permalink

Nice to have you visit Conga's Carving Corner...
many thanks Spermwhale, while it may be a nice concept to do a tiki in quad, it will take four times
longer than it should, but what the heck, right?
nice to see you again GMan, especially with you being so busy and all. Sick is the operative word
around the northwoods. Hope I don't get better soon.
Johnny and Finky, a mug? Is that all you guys think about, drinking? It wouldn't be a bad idea,
except I would have to rework the top of the design. I slurp too much using a normal container,
it would be hard to handle this.
I'm feeling like an 8th class citizen with all the work being shown by Ben, all you stone carvers,
Marcus down under, Johnny P (you are NUTS), you cats in Germany, whew, talk about people raising the
bar. Gotta go to work.
Thanks.


 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-12-04 06:49 am   Permalink

No way you are an 8th classer Conga. You are First class all the way. Your newest works here are Through the roof and are Really EXCELLENT. Just keep on Carving, you are doing Something Right. HappyHappyHappy!
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congatiki
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Posted: 2006-12-12 05:49 am   Permalink

Thanks Ben, you keep all of us pushing on!
Still digging up here in the northwoods, this has turned into a pretty long project. This is
one of the "hidden tikis" trying to bust out of the basswood

this is all that remains of my original intent of a "Barney West" tiki

and this guy has a tummy ache

You can't tell from these pics but the "cut thru" between the legs is visible on all
four sides, it has been a difficult carve to get a uniform dig that looks good from all
angles, lotta work to do yet.
Thanks for stopping in, Mai Tai?


 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-12-13 05:59 am   Permalink

Super excellent work Conga. Not only is the detail going thru the roof, but the obvious technical issues you have to overcome are glowing. You are Exceling at a very difficult piece. Did you know it would be this hard?
Big SMILES!
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finkdaddy
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Posted: 2006-12-13 06:26 am   Permalink

and this guy has a tummy ache


Hey, that looks like me! Has he had his gall bladder looked at lately?

Looking great Conga. We've had some good carving weather, eh?
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congatiki
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Posted: 2006-12-17 12:43 pm   Permalink

Wow, what a great weekend for new posts, things are really hopping around here again. My
meager contribution, finally getting to the feet on the quad-tiki


And Ben, no, I did not think this would be as difficult or time consuming as it has become.
But on the other hand, I didn't anticipate doing a full cut through on the legs when i started
either, and my original plan was for simple back-to-back tikis, so go figger. Perhaps if I
could just follow a simple plan, but I can't follow even my own directions.


 
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GMAN
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Posted: 2006-12-17 12:45 pm   Permalink

Conga - That looks so awesome! The toes are killer!

 
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JohnnyP
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Posted: 2006-12-17 6:17 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-12-17 12:43, congatiki wrote:
... if I
could just follow a simple plan, but I can't follow even my own directions.




But look at the terrific tiki that is popping out now. Good change of plans. Nice toes.

JP


 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-12-17 8:32 pm   Permalink

More excellent stuff Conga. Yeah, It seems everyone but Me is carving this weekend. Hopefully I'll be well wnuf to have a go tomorrow. I guess I have had the flu bug pretty good or pretty bad however it goes.
Good stuff Conga.
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2006-12-17 11:09 pm   Permalink

Beautiful stuff, Conga.

 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-12-18 06:31 am   Permalink

Conga, I Really Love how youdidn't stick to your original plan and improvised deeply on this ppiece. Too often we don't do that and we miss an opportunity to create a truely spectacular piece. By 'Letting Go" of the rigid plan, you definitely created Much more work fo yourself, but LOOK at the RESULT? You would have had a difficult time Planning this 4 way carving and having it come out so well. You have jumped in and attacked each hurdle as it came and it looks like you are on the final stretch. Excellent skills used and learned here. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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congatiki
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Posted: 2006-12-18 4:42 pm   Permalink

many many thanks Finkdaddy, Johnny, GMan, Ben and BK, always appreciate the comments from artists I
respect so much.
Ben, thank you again! I had reached the point where I was gonna shortcut this carving and
rush to the finish line when someone revived the post about X amount of dollars per foot and
the general issues of "pricing" tikis. I was struck by a comment by BK...where....in essence...
he talked about a commitment to doing one's "best" work...something to be proud of. That's
something I always notice about you and BK, you never seem to settle for less than your best
effort. That's when I decided that I would not quit on this carving as long as there was
something that could be done better.
If I can keep working with that in mind, I think I will create a piece that will be worth the
effort.
Now I have to get ready for Monday Night Football. Although I reside deep in Packer country I
am really a 40 year Colts fan. The way there defense has been playing I suspect I will have
plenty of opportunity to drown my sorrows in Mai Tais. But I am hopeful that I will be
celebrating with Mai Tais, so the result should be the same.


 
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Posted: 2006-12-18 4:49 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-12-18 16:42, congatiki wrote:
Although I reside deep in Packer country I
am really a 40 year Colts fan.



I don't know who you are anymore!
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2006-12-23 7:46 pm   Permalink

These four guys wanted to say "Merry Christmas."








Just wanted to get these up cuz the flash pictures look so bright and washed out...and in
my tequila soaked mind these look better. Best wishes...I don't think I'll be updating
these buggers till they're done...see ya in a month or so!


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congatiki
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Posted: 2007-01-04 8:37 pm   Permalink

All smiles up here...almost done!



[ This Message was edited by: congatiki 2007-01-04 20:44 ]


 
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