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surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2005-10-18 2:58 pm   Permalink

Danged luck with the cracking there. I recall one of your other guys cracked on ya too. The water trick sctiki's talkin 'bout sounds good, maybe you should show the process on that. Anyway, killer lookin tiki, love the detail. Top notch there chief.

 
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2005-10-18 8:42 pm   Permalink

Wes: Looking forward to meeting you at Swanky's carving seminar if all works out.

Doubravski: Thanks for the tip - I'll check that book out for sure. Just the quick browse I had through your copy of "Oceanic Arts" had me hooked.

Capo: Likewise I'm sure. The thing that impresses me most about your built-up tikis is the amount of detail for the short window of opportunity that you have before the mortar sets. I'm really interested in the method - they look killer.

Will: Yeah, I think it's just the wood type I'm using. Again no big deal, but nonetheless, I'm going to switch to something more stable. My ficus supply has run out anyway. The next tiki will be redwood from that mask blank you gave me. And BTW, when the tikis start talkin', it's time to set the bottle down!

5-0: What's up, Bro? Have not heard much from you lately, it's time for you to start carving again. Let's hook up for a carving session sometime - I keep forgetting how close you are. Better yet, let's go out to Spermy's place, drink all his beer and leave a pile of wood chips - I'm sure he wouldn't mind!

Surfintiki, thanks for the props! That Leroy of yours is looking world class.

A-A
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2005-11-15 12:19 am   Permalink

Just back from Maui and adjusting to the mainland time zone and the harsh reality of returning to work. My head is still in Maui, though. Here is where we stayed, Napili Bay.





The last time we hit Maui was 6 years ago. I have to say, hanging out at Tiki Central the last 2 years or so has sharpened my tiki radar. This time I had a plan to seek out some of the local tiki carvers.

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First Tongan Carver

I quickly stumbled across a Tongan carver across the street from the big Banyan tree park in Lahaina.



I honestly don't remember his name, but he was a very laid back and pleasant to talk with. This was just my second day on the island and it was really nice to hang out & watch a native carver doing his craft out in the open market with the sun and a nice island breeze. This is what I call a vacation!

Notice that all of the carvers that I met in Hawaii use pretty much the same tools - hand chisels, a small wood club for a mallet, and a surform to round the edges and smooth it out (no sanding - I like it!).







Here's some of his work - a really nice style.







I introduced myself as a carver and we chatted for awhile about the tiki carving thing. I learned a bit about the local woods and asked him if I could buy a blank piece. No problem - I got the "haole carver's discount", and happily walked away with a nice piece of "Milo" wood.



Milo is a nice hard wood with beautiful variations of dark and light brown with bands or reddish and even purplish color through the heartwood. I'm saving this one for a house tiki.



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Ma'ake

The next day I met another local carver in Napili Center at a crafts fair. His name is Ma'ake (pronounced Ma-a-kay). Coincidentally, Ma'ake was also a Tongan carver. I later found out that virtually all of the carvers on the island were Tongans, and pretty much all related, being cousins or 2nd cousins of the same carving clan.

As soon as I introduced myself as a carver, Ma'ake gestured for me to take a seat on the ground next to him and we were soon deep into a discussion of the art of carving. It was really fascinating. These Tongan carvers have a way about them that is difficult to describe. They are all big guys, but softspoken with an air of tranquility and peacefulness about them. He told me of his heritage as a carver, being 5th generation of a line of carvers, each one learning the craft from father to son. He told me how in the old days the wood was carved using sharpened shells, before chisels were available (something I've often wondered about). I asked him why all of the local carvers were Tongans, not Hawaiians. The short answer was that Hawaiians own land, and Tongans pay mortgages - Tongans being a very hardworking people. And why are all the Tongans carving Hawaiian tikis, not Tongan? Short answer: People who come to Hawaii want Hawaiian tikis, people who go to Tonga want Tongan tikis.



Ma'ake's style, like the others that I met, was a mix of Tongan & Hawaiian. The dieties are Hawaiian, the detailing is Tongan. I really like this style.







I bought this little guy, which is carved from "Hau" wood. He inscribed it with his name on the back as a keepsake. Ma'ake was really interested in my mainland wood supply, and I promised to bring some redwood logs for a trade on my next trip.



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Tevita

Later I ran into Tevita, another Tongan who sells at The Cannery Mall in Lahaina. We really struck a chord, and talked lots about tools. He was very interested in chainsaw carving bars and the Arbortech reciprocating grinder/chisel, and I promised to mail him a catalog and some web printouts (he has no internet access). I told Tevita about my "Haole Carver's Discount" on the Milo wood. He thought for a moment and then told me to come back a few days later for a log. No problem, I said!



This is the same "Hau" wood as the tiki that I got from Ma'ake. It is very hard and has a beautiful wavy grain. This piece came with the "Carver Ohana Discount", which means FREE OF CHARGE. Nice!



I also bought this Monkeypod tiki from Tevita, and he tapped his name on the back for me. We bought most of our groceries from the Safeway at that mall, so I ended up hanging out with Tevita several times over the course of the week.



BTW, this is what a monkeypod tree looks like, they are all over the place in Maui.



Here's some of Tevita's work.







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At first glance most of the Tongan Carver Ohana's work looked pretty similar. But take a closer look and you will see the unique style of each. They all draw on the same roots, but every member of the clan had taken their art down a slightly different path. Brouse these photos a second time and you will get a feel for it. I also noticed that just a couple of the pieces were decidedly "non-traditional". (Just thought I'd mention that in light of our recent discussions here at TC).

Here is my shameless offspring photo. Nathan actually cried when we left Maui. He thought we had moved there. This is a boy after my own heart.



It is hard to relay to all of you what an authentic (for lack of a better word) and rewarding experience it was to hang out and share perspectives with these guys. It was really natural and I did not feel so much like a tourist as a brother carver.

I returned to the world of daily internet access to find a deep discussion of what is TIKI happening on my favorite website. It is hard to think that hard. Keep the Island Spirit, TC Ohana!



Aloha!

A-A

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AlienTiki
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From: MAUI No Ka'oi
Posted: 2005-11-15 01:32 am   Permalink

Looks like a neat place to visit.


 
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PalmCityTiki
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From: Palm City, Florida ( no really)
Posted: 2005-11-15 05:02 am   Permalink

Great to see someone enjoy the experience. Thanks much for sharing the great photos. I pulled inspiration from several of the little guys. Can't wait to see what you have in store from those pieces. I always feel that the wood communicates what it wants to become. Those should have plenty of mojo.

P.S. Do you have other shots posted somewhere on the web?


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The Sperm Whale
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Posted: 2005-11-15 05:31 am   Permalink

Hey Aaron-
Thanks for sharing!!! I love Maui Too!!! I am glad you had a great time!! I have some great shots of some other Tiki's that the Tongan carvers did. If I have time I'll post some of my Pics!! Welcome Back Bro!!
Later,
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Palama Tiki
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Posted: 2005-11-15 05:41 am   Permalink

Aaron, you were definitely blessed to be able to learn from those carving brothers!

i guess you'll be raising the bar for all of us once again!


 
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tiki5-0
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Posted: 2005-11-15 10:44 am   Permalink

great pics aaron!! i wish when we were over there a couple years ago i would've hung around some of the carvers more. i bought a tiki from tevita, but the guy in your pics looks different than the guy i bought one from. i got mine at a farmers market in kihei, but it's very similar to the ones you took pics of. can't wait to see what you do with the wood you brought back. i'm sure it'll be something great!

 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2005-11-15 2:32 pm   Permalink

Nice post...Man, those guys are second nature...the real deal all the way..They don't even have to t h i n k about carving, much like Jimmy Hendrix or Stevie Ray or Dick Dale didn't have to think about playing the guitar. It just happens... open channel. I'd love to sit down with some of those cats and chisel sometime..Although I'd definitely be out of my league and in the student seat.

 
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2005-11-15 2:51 pm   Permalink

Aaron, Thanks for sharing your adventures! Love the pictures and the personal stories. "Tongan Tikis Rock!"
When my parents went to Hawaii last year I of course asked them to look for such carvers and craft booths but they didn't find me ANYTHING there. Maybe they just didn't look in the right places??? Next time they go I swear I am going to insist that they need me to go just to carry their luggage or remind them to take their pills. BTW, Great pictures too!
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surfintiki
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Posted: 2005-11-15 2:51 pm   Permalink

Well done man! Thanks for documenting that for us, I felt like I was there (I'm gonna cry like Nathan too that we gotta go back to the mainland!) That wood looks beautiful, so exotic to me. I was really hoping to get to the islands this winter, but a move to the west coast may be in store for me, so maybe next year.
So cool you got to sit down with these Tongans, frickin' COOL!


 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2005-11-15 3:03 pm   Permalink

Good Lord...I just looked on page 12 at that Lono. Now THAT's raising the bar, man, no words needed. Detail, detail, detail.. Clean, precise chisel work. Dripping in Tiki mana..I got respect, dude (right fist over heart, left hand chakka brah). That's the kind of guy you want in your platoon .. As for cracks, when people are picky about them any more, I just say "Welcome to the world of wood". I used to obsess over them for hours, shooting superglue into every tiny check that appeared. But I started to like them. And now, a tiki without at least one good crack just isn't a tiki. Look at Paul's Place Of Refuge photos. Shoot a little spray of Matte Black in them and it'll make a piece that good look like it cracked in Don The Beachcomber's 60 years ago...mana!

 
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Posted: 2005-11-15 4:55 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the pics and the background. And what BK said about your Lono. You have definately reached the next plateau or two.
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Posted: 2005-11-16 06:21 am   Permalink

Awesome photos dude. I love it.

Looks like you had a good time too (even passing this damn tiki infection onto the kids ).
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