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Carving Post
GECKO
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From: South Sea Arts Honolulu
Posted: 2003-03-28 2:38 pm   Permalink

ALOOOOHAAAA,

Auwieee! look at dis thread! great stuff here!

Tikifille asked, "when I was in Hawaii I purchased 2 tikis carved out of this wierd fibrous dark wood. They're very slender and the seller told me that the wood was a specific gender (like only the female trees could be carved-or something like that). I just can't remember what the wood is called"

I dont really know wahine. could be keave but dats not really fiberous. sorry. Hows da wood flyin. you carvin agen.

Monkey pod is a hard wood Tikifreak. Koa Is da best. If I can get a hold of one koa log....ho, dat buggah gon be mine.

tanks fo da complaments from braddahs Chikki, BK, Keigs20, Lakesurfer, Chongo, etc...

Keigs20 sed his tiki looked plain and cartoony...not to me.looks great but, I bet you are your worst critic. Everybody here are mastas at there own styles as far as I'm concerned.


I'm my worst critic and I am no masta BK at da art of tiki. but wen and if I get as good as a masta like Mr. Leroy Smaltz den I gon be happy. but till den I'm like everybody here trying to put a small dent in da return of Tiki. I will enjoy seeing where we all are in about 25 years from now. but till then I jus gon merinate and enjoy da culture.
and hope peopo enjoy my art as MUCH AS BK!

BK, did ya get da email of da maori wall panel i made from da dark wood?

Alohaz

Oh, wanted to tell braddah Sven if he reads this that the video is a good motivator wen i'm dreding to go outside and de-bark a coconut tree. I like da La Mariana video shot on da end of da tape too...where da hell was I?? Can't belive I didn't here about it. Thats ok I was jus in a episode of "why your lucky you live in Hawaii" and they shot it at La Mariana. It was a short interview but I was happy.

shoots


 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2003-03-28 4:06 pm   Permalink

Tikifille,

The dark, fibrous wood you mentioned might be Tree Fern. Just a hunch. Check out this past thread to see if it resembles any of the tree-fern tikis pictured there.
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=1486&forum=5

Sabu


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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2003-03-28 7:05 pm   Permalink

Yeah...I got the photo. Looks great, Geck, almost like a rafter carving from a meeting house. I'm still looking for a box that is 7 feet long to get your club out. I could tape two guitar boxes together but it'd end up being oversized (mucho shells) and not very sturdy. I've been scoping out a ductwork place up the road in the hopes that PVC ducts may come in a long, narrow box like what I need.

 
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tikifille
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Posted: 2003-03-29 09:30 am   Permalink

Sabu--thanks, that's it, although the seller used a proper noun (am I a teacher, or what?) when I bought them. Tree Fern is better than "that fibrous thingy over there".

[ This Message was edited by: tikifille on 2003-03-29 09:32 ]


 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-03-30 12:32 am   Permalink

Here's a Samoan short club that I finished tonight. The Samoans were a very peculiar race of people...Outside of the period during which they were occupied by the Tongans (1200 to 1600 AD, when they were finally expelled), they had absolutely no "figural" carving traditions whatsoever....they were strictly, unabashedly warriors and storytellers. Hence the only artifactual legacy that remains of the original, indigenous Samoan people are a small surviving number of their weapons...very simple, but very effective and dignified.

 
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tikifille
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Posted: 2003-03-30 07:13 am   Permalink

BK-Tres beau, comme toujours. Is that walnut, or is it stained? Did you shoot a pic of the detail of the handle? I'd love to see it.

Gecko--I'm carving, but in between major remodel projects which I ridiculously seem to think I can do myself. Yeah right.

Keep up the inspiring work, y'all. It motivates me.


 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-03-30 09:13 am   Permalink

It's walnut...a nicely figured piece although I aged the club to look original (simulated hand wear, darkening, etc.). There's one more piece left in that board that's usable...a small one. I may carve a Maori Patu with it. How's that first B.O.T tiki coming? I'd love to see it.

 
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tikifille
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Posted: 2003-03-30 9:52 pm   Permalink

BK- Well, B.O.T. got the boot for a paying job. I'll be working on it after I finish this other piece. Where do you get all your wood? I had major remodel plans this Sat., but had to drop everything because my favorite amigo/tree trimmer called me with 2 7' palm pieces. My buddy Juan is going straight to heaven and I'm buying him the ticket. I LOVE MY TREE TRIMMING HOMBRE!!!!
How many hours a day do you carve? I only have time on the weekends. How much time do the rest of you have? I will be glad if my teaching job goes kaput and I can pass all my time carving.


 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-03-31 01:15 am   Permalink

Well, between being an adult with the attention span of a twelve-year-old, looking for antique inventory in the name of making a living, and zombie-like internet zone-outs during which I will look up and realize that an hour or so has passed and I have yet to do a single productive thing, I average about an hour or two a day. I am currently carving a 7 1/2-foot, 22-inch diameter Marquesan pole! Cette chose va être énorme! No one else seems to be doing much of that style, yet it is far and above the most prominent type of all in the original Polynesian Palaces. I'm doing it in white pine (cut three months ago).

 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-03-31 10:15 pm   Permalink

Here's the opening chisel volley on a huge 7 1/2 foot, 22-inch Marquesan...Kahuna in work duds! Can't decide to go full body single (easier) or a double godhead pole. White pine...carves like fresh drawn butter...very oily and full of resin, which should mean a clean go of it as this wood continues to dry. It will get about 4 coats of tung as well.

 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-03-31 10:32 pm   Permalink

Sorry, Fille....I meant to add I get my wood from a local lumber yard that's pretty cool on my gig..They always save 1x and 2x odd cuts of premium hardwoods for me. The guy that's the foreman on the yard is in the Coast Guard Reserves, is based in Fort Lauderdale,and his favorite restuaraunt is the Mai Kai! What are the odds of getting a sawmill foreman with those kinds of credentials AND an understanding of oceanic carvings? I'll add a closeup of the Samoan club detail ASAP as well. What is the paying job la craftswoman superbe is working on?

 
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tikifille
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Posted: 2003-03-31 11:35 pm   Permalink

BK--I'd love to tell you what the paying job is, but then I'd have to swallow the cyanide tablet..and send you one too. I have 2 Marquesian style poles that I picked up at a garage sale. They're great and they have 2 figures (male at the top and female below.. and rather anatomically correct)stacked in the design. My linesman friend has come up with the "endless supply of telephone poles". I poo pooed this due to the kreosote(ch. spelling), is there any reason why I should accept these? I love the pics of this new carving and your leg in the shot gives good scale. Keep me posted. (How do you get the accent aigu and cicumflex on your French vowels? I am in awe of you!)

 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-04-01 12:34 am   Permalink

I would steer clear of the phone poles, Fille....the creosote is just the moisture barrier, but like most all pressure-treated woods, the INSECT barrier is arsenous oxide, or arsenic. This is why one should wear gloves if they handle this type of lumber prior to it being sealed, after which it is pretty safe. Carving into one might get kind of iffy on the poison factor. I would adore trying some fan palm poles, but hard to find in the Appalachians. Are you going to give us some pics of the secret project?

 
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GECKO
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From: South Sea Arts Honolulu
Posted: 2003-04-01 1:13 pm   Permalink

sweeeet size, 7 foota! HO! nice score. How much you get da log fo?

 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-04-01 5:49 pm   Permalink

7 bucks!

 
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