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Carving Seminar Benzart, Basement Kahuna Tiki Diablo
8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2006-05-05 3:39 pm   Permalink

ALoha boys, I'm gettin' one for me and one special one for Mrs. 8FT. And one of these days I'll post pics of my Benzart because it's getting close to being finished!
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Posted: 2006-05-05 4:16 pm   Permalink

Here are some more of the early photos from the seminar weekend.


Here's the carvers supply store which saw a lot of us visit over the 3 days.


Benzart checks out the supplies while all of us browse. Note BK in the coonskin cap!


Al spending his allowance while Tiki Lee's and Diablo check out the official Nawger Nob t-shirts. Yee haw.


Next stop just down the road a piece. This is where we got the wood for the group project and the masks plus the coon mascot.


The humble proprietor. A very experienced carver and a real nice guy. Showed us all around the place and answered a bunch of questions. I think he would be a neat guy to hang with if you lived near there. Dig that club he made.


SO much wood, so little time! This guy has all the right toys to move the BIG MOTHER logs too!


"Yeah that's a log alright." "yep" "yep" "yep" "yep"


Here's some of his work.


He has done lots of animals and unique pieces. Check out the alligator.


Al finds another "throne" of contemplation! Note the naked lady beer can holders. Yee Haw!


Well, I hope you enjoyed the trip. I will add one more round later so you can see the boys getting started with the projects. Aloha, 8FT
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Posted: 2006-05-06 07:11 am   Permalink

Great pictures! Great captions, too! Al looks very much at home with the naked lady beer can holders.

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Posted: 2006-05-08 10:02 am   Permalink

nice' 8ft....... The White-trash in-ma is hard to hide.....

as soon as i get a chance to get all the orders for the benz-al-ies together and packed, i'll get them out to yuz-all.......


 
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Posted: 2006-05-15 2:54 pm   Permalink

Yo C'Al! I got my Benz-Al-ie over the weekend and it's awsome! Ths will come as no surprise to others I'm sure, but I'm REALLY impressed with the level of detail you were able to get out of these casts! Are these pretty much "as-cast" or did you have to go in and clean 'em up some? Very cool! Of course, I had to photograph mine.




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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2006-05-15 4:29 pm   Permalink

Well friends, here is the last bunch of Seminar photos I had.
After returning from the wood lot I took a few shots from the upper deck at the lodge looking down upon the work getting started.



Here BK begins to mark lines on the big group project log.



Al selects a log and starts the chainsaw. This log was turned into the mascot "coon&tiki" which you have seen in previous posts. Awesome to watch this evolve. Al, I really was impressed by watching you create this wonderful carving!!!



At this point, noboby but Al knew just what he was making.
Most figured it was a bear.



Here Al has a basic animal shape and BK and Diablo are diggin' into the group log while Jungle Jim and Tony look on.



Here Tiki Diablo gets Tiki Lee's started on a very important part of the carving. On the right you see Benzart greeting Congatiki who has just arrived on his motorcycle.



Here is one the few photos which captured the lovely Ms. Swanky. She is laughing at the antics of Kapu Kahiki along with Tikiskip and Doubravsky. The other guy is a local TC member and his TC name is a number which I forgot. Sorry.



This group really got along well right from the start. I wonder if the "refreshments" had anything to do with that?



Here Swanky has the floor as he welcomes everyone and has each attendee introduce themselves.



Saturday morning: Everyone has selected their Benzart piece for the first class exercise. The hook knives are flyin' but very little blood flowed!

Well, that is the last of the photos I had saved from the early moments of the Coontiki Seminar. Hope they bring back good memories for you if you were there and inspired you to attend the next one if you didn't make the innaugural event.
Thanks for looking, 8FT Tiki


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Posted: 2006-05-15 5:08 pm   Permalink

Nice shots 8FT - thanks for posting them.

 
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Posted: 2006-05-15 8:50 pm   Permalink

always enjoy looking at pics of coontiki...makes me feel happy......thanks for posting 8 foot.

 
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Posted: 2006-05-16 09:14 am   Permalink

8Ft, thanks again for More awesome pictures. I'm sure I'm not alone in that when I look at these pictures, they take me right back to that crazy, fantastic weekend with the greatest bunch of woodcarvers ever. All these Pic's help make it the memorable event that it was. Thanks
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Posted: 2006-05-16 09:29 am   Permalink

"Dear Lord, please bless us carvers so that we do not bleed all over the carpet."

Amen.
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Posted: 2007-04-01 8:42 pm   Permalink

Well, it was a year ago we were all gathered together at the lodge there in the hills of Tenn. I still think about the fun we had nearly every day. Just wanted to say hi to all the Coon-Tiki '06 alumni. Carve on brothers!!!!
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Posted: 2007-04-02 06:56 am   Permalink

Indeed. April Fool's is Coon Tiki time. Very different weather here this year! Spring is early! Been in the 80s and everything is in bloom! Dogwoods, Wisteria, Azalea, tulips, Hyacinth, everything. Perfect weather.

That was some good times. Like a boy scout camp for grown up tiki carvers.
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Posted: 2007-04-02 5:09 pm   Permalink

when does this coon tiki seminar next come up?
age limit?


 
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Posted: 2007-04-02 6:13 pm   Permalink

Duddy, Coon Tiki will be July 28 and 29 and as far as I know, there is no age limit. COME On Down!
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Posted: 2007-04-03 06:34 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-04-02 17:09, Tiki Duddy wrote:
when does this coon tiki seminar next come up?
age limit?


Upper or lower age limit? We have no limits except safety.
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