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JohnnyP
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Posted: 2007-05-26 05:10 am   Permalink

If that is what happens when you have a bad back! I'm off to go look at Dave's trip photos.


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GMAN
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Posted: 2007-05-26 4:35 pm   Permalink

Greetings,

I finished the Hawaiian Stick carving today and also added some coats of rejuvenating oil to a few of my other carvings that have oil-only finishes. The stick carving will get at least 4 more coats and then will be re-coated every few weeks for a while - as I have done with the others. I find the stick carvings especially interesting as among other things, they were used to make Ki'i sculptures mobile, allowing the user/owner to push them into the ground or sand anywhere they wanted them to stand. I was really captivated by Davez pics from the islands and wanted to make something a bit different for my house. I will weld up a stand for it that has a wood base and a steel rod with two different sized rings welded to it. The carving will sit down into the rings and will be able to be displayed upright on a slight rearward angle. I'll post pics of that after I weld it up - probably a week or so. Anyway, I hope you like him.

















Thanks for looking,

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Paipo
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Joined: Jun 22, 2006
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From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2007-05-26 4:46 pm   Permalink

G, I love these little guys you're doing at the moment...the big stuff is always good but I really like small portable pieces (probably cause we have a tiny house!). They have a simplicity (without being in any way crude) and an ancient style which really appeals. Rather than using metal, why don't you carve yourself a nice wooden trough/bowl with suitable motifs and fill it with sand (maybe someone could send you some genuine Hawaiian sand...)? Then you can push any number of these little fellas into it on whatever angle you like!
PS I want one of these, please make more!
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Benzart
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Posted: 2007-05-26 8:05 pm   Permalink

Another cool piece Greg, I Dig what Paipo said, Great idea! I Have Walnut for you, you just have to come get it!
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Tamapoutini
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From: Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Posted: 2007-05-26 11:05 pm   Permalink

Nice little God-stick Gman! The Old Maori tohunga/priest used something very similar to these. After finding the right spot in the bush (often at the foot of a large tree/rock etc) he would dig the God-stick into the ground. There was often a pigment-covered binding below the head/figure & a string which led to the tohunga. He would call his incantation & tug the string to gain the attention of whichever deity the stick represented. Im assuming this is a Hawaiian version of the same..?

Cool idea! I dont think I have ever seen a modern-made one. He'd make a great beer-tap handle or flaming torch - (adapted of course, Im not suggesting you set fire to this beauty) Let us know how/where he will be displayed.

Great to see a few projects flying at the G shop! Whats next?

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FreddieBallsomic
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Posted: 2007-05-26 11:39 pm   Permalink

I will second Paipo's comment about the smaller tikis...I noticed the New Ku statue you did isnt in the recent pix......Is he possibly on his way to the great white north to visit Mr.BALLSomic?? If not, I can always shoot you my address.

 
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Davez_tikiz
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From: Riverside, CA
Posted: 2007-05-27 07:58 am   Permalink

G.... nice job! I was thinking about trying a figure that style as well... you nailed it! he looks great!

 
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GMAN
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Posted: 2007-05-27 6:30 pm   Permalink

Paipo - I'm glad you are able to see the ancient style I'm trying to put into these fellas. Some of the older Hawaiian stuff was pretty freaky. I agree, this size is definitely easier to store or have on display. However, I have lotsa room here for the big guys and plan to get back into my big figure carving when my back lets me move him around, and around, and around, and around. It isn't getting him to the bench that is the issue, it's moving him around while he's on the bench.

Benz - Yeah man, I could use some walnut. Hopefully I can get over there one weekend when the doc is home. I could always pay shipping?

Tama - I knew someone would recommend it be used as a "beer tap", however I would have never thought it would have been you. Aack. I might as well hang my art over a urinal somewhere. But yes, from what I understand, this would be the Hawaiian version of what you described. The string yanking thing is a nice twist - my wife has one of those.......

FBalls - Let me see.....Nope, the Ku is right here chillin at Club-Greg. Thanks for stopping by!

Davez - Thanks for the island pics and for your comment. The shot you took with one of your girls on each side is great. Please post more shots of that style carving if you have them.


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GMAN
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Posted: 2007-05-28 2:14 pm   Permalink

Kia ora,

After a quick detour to old Hawaii, I am back in NZ (in my mind at least). I've been back looking through Sotheby's auction papers lately and I came across a neat little Maori figure that they sold. The original is 5 1/2 inches tall, is absolutely magnificent, and sold for 57,000 dollars. The catalog entry suggests that it was carved in the Rougowkakaata tribal style in the early 19th century. I cannot speak to that, but I liked it.

I had a piece of cedar on hand that was a cut off from a larger carving and decided to give something like it a go, with my own twists thrown in of course. Here is the rough-out, 12 inches tall and little better than 4 inches wide.













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Tiki Duddy
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Posted: 2007-05-28 2:17 pm   Permalink

Very impressive Gman, really like that new piece you got there and that little orange colored one. should be a good one in the end
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GMAN
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Posted: 2007-05-29 2:48 pm   Permalink

Thanks Duddy.

 
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benella
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From: Meudon, France
Posted: 2007-05-29 3:04 pm   Permalink

WOW.
You're definately is the master of the cedar. You manage it in a superb way and your maori things are always pure lessons to me.

Keep on the super work.

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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
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From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2007-05-29 3:09 pm   Permalink

Very nice G !


I'm digin the wee ones as well!


Just got done carving a Mini "Big Joe" from cedar. Fun carving.


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Benzart
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Posted: 2007-05-29 5:18 pm   Permalink

Gman, I'm REALLY Liking where you are going with this guy. The lines are Sleek and sensuous. One problem with working with light colored wood is that if you Don't wash your hands often YOU GET HIM ALL DIRTY!!
Can't wait to see more shots of this bad boy though.
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GMAN
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Posted: 2007-05-29 5:24 pm   Permalink

Benzo,

The dirt is from my left glove. It's like that, damn glove smells like roadkill. No worries as I'll be staining this guy dark.

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