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Loki
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From: Boca Raton, FL
Posted: 2006-01-19 04:58 am   Permalink

GMAN,
The abalone look great. Have you inlaid them yet? And if so, maybe you can explain the process a bit for us?
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Moondance
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Joined: Jul 29, 2005
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From: Bucks County, PA
Posted: 2006-01-19 8:24 pm   Permalink

GMAN-
I'm lovin' that Maori with the tats. Are you going to stain it & if so what colors?
The Croc drum is also sweet. What do the sticks for the drum look like?
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Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2006-01-20 07:56 am   Permalink

Dig it!!

 
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GMAN
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From: My Island
Posted: 2006-01-20 4:44 pm   Permalink

Hewey, BK, Loki, Moondance, and Jungle Trader,

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on the Maori and the croc. I'm having a lot of fun with these two guys.

To answer Kirby's question: I've seen them made of palm but do not know how they would sound. I wanted to use a nice hardwood for a real sweet pitch. From what I know, the slit at the top is the opening you use to hollow the bugger out good. You leave the top edges thicker than the sides and the bottom as that is where you strike it. Benz says to think of a car tire cut in cross section. The tone depends on the size of the cavity and the density of the wood and, to a lesser extent, the implement used to strike it. I imagine you could make one out of any wood if necessary. If you choose a palm, use one that gets real hard, like coconut. I made mine out of mahogany. When I finish it it should have a real nice sound. Look up "slit drum" "slit gong" or "crocodile slit drum" on the internet and look at some PNG sites. There should be lots of pics and ideas for you out there.

Loki, to set the abalone eyes in the Maori I am going to cut pockets in the face deep enough to securely hold the shell in place and keep them flush. I will then drill a 3/8" hole through the center of the shell and in the corresponding position in the eye socket of the Maori. Then I will make a wooden peg with a slight taper and a rounded head that will secure the shell to the carving (Benz says "like a guitar tuning peg - only different"). If I want to add an adhesive, BK has recommended super glue gel.

Thanks for all the comments and support.

-Gman

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Tiki G.
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Joined: Feb 28, 2005
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From: Jacksonville Beach, FL
Posted: 2006-01-21 11:09 pm   Permalink

G-man, I just received a new book for Christmas from a good friend about real drum carving and skinning. Delving into that to see what's shakin' there. Very interesting to me since I am a drummer anyway. I'll keep ya posted on what I am learning. Good looking Croc' drum. Good to see you doing things out of the ordinary. I've seen alot of this and a lot of that lately as I have been peering. The most impressive by far lately was certainly Benz's Lono, not to take away from your work or anyone else's here, but damn. Nice work he did on your Maori by the way. Good to see you keeping the mix alive. It's all too easy sometimes to just keep hanging in the rut repeating something that's been done time and time again. Looks like you were having a great time at the "Jam", and everyone else as well. Have fun doing what your doing, and keep doing it.... We certainly are.

G.

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GMAN
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From: My Island
Posted: 2006-01-22 6:49 pm   Permalink

Tiki G,

I am certainly having fun. I took the weekend off from carving and went to my land up north. I feel much more relaxed now.

Please let us know if you learn any important information on these types of drums from your reading. I received a lot of questions about this slit drum and I'm sure that many people here could benefit from what you know and are learning.

Thanks for commenting on the Maori, he is my main focus right now. The croc was a minor diversion; I just needed to bang something out. I've been taken a long time on the Maori and needed to rip into something else and get some closure. I have most of what I need to finish the Maori off now so I will be attacking him this weekend. I still lack the tools to do it right, so I will likely do a lot of it with Benz.

What have you been carving? I know you are working and I would love to see some updates from Jax - with pics.

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Loki
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Joined: Nov 04, 2005
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From: Boca Raton, FL
Posted: 2006-01-23 05:06 am   Permalink

GMAN, Look what I found for you...Ficus...and rumor has is my neighbor is taking down his mohagany in march.


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GMAN
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Posted: 2006-01-23 07:03 am   Permalink

Loki,

You're a WOOD GOD! Thank you very much! Man am I gonna have some fun now!!! I'll take all sorts of pieces (big ones, small ones) of the mahogany too. I could do some limited tree work in exchange for the wood also. Any chance you could store those ficus chunks indoors for a bit? I should be heading your way this weekend and may be able to get them then. I really appreciate this!

If get the ball joints finished on my truck, I'll roll on by...

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GMAN
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From: My Island
Posted: 2006-01-25 4:07 pm   Permalink

Hey all,

I got a package in the mail today that had a wonderful gift from JohnnyP in it. He and I worked out a trade; he would rough out a Patu for me, and I would send him enough shark teeth for a few projects. Works for me. Anyway, the club is sweet and I plan on using my NEW FOREDOM and various accessories to dress it up and add some cool detailing. To finish it off, I will mount/set a row of tiger shark teeth down the working edge of the bugger. It should be real cool when it's done. First things first though, I need to spend some quality time with my Maori and get him all pimped out.

-Gman


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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2006-01-25 5:54 pm   Permalink

Are you going to put sharks teeth on your chainsaw bar? Is that what you laid out there on the floor?

PS. I'm glad that's where you stopped playing with the camera.
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GMAN
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Posted: 2006-01-25 5:55 pm   Permalink

JohnnyP,

Yep, it is always about the saw.....


 
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hewey
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2006-01-25 7:38 pm   Permalink

Cool - cant wait to see that club! I was about to do the same with my 2nd club! Im just tryin to track down some shark teeth, but I might have just found a supplier! Ill send ya a PM
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Loki
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From: Boca Raton, FL
Posted: 2006-01-26 05:22 am   Permalink

yo G, tongue out and down.. out and down....this one should be cool...any word on GMT getting fixed and a visit to South FL?
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GMAN
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Posted: 2006-01-27 5:59 pm   Permalink

Hey all,

Just got my #50 recip handpiece for my new Foredom. I'm still waiting on my 70 degree "V" gouge. I'm gonna hit the Maori Hard tomorrow and try to make some progress. Im super excited!!!(but not that way). I've got the rest of his moko layed out and I need to work on his top knot and toes. It should be a busy weekend. My Maori now has a Patu club and will soon have a Maori bone carving pendant from BK. This should be one styling tiki when completed.

I've changed the Moko lay out again here are new pics.







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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-01-28 06:56 am   Permalink

GMAN, I Love the new layout. It looks almost perfect. It will Be perfect when you carve it in with your new tools. Hurry up, I Can't Wait!!
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