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Babalu
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Joined: Nov 19, 2006
Posts: 2505
From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2007-09-16 3:11 pm   Permalink

PS...Hope you don't mind Bowana...I just couldn't help but to link your Site...You IS a "MASTER CARVER" my friend!!
http://members.aol.com/kelea98/dave/
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Paipo
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Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 1886
From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2007-09-16 3:16 pm   Permalink

You're a maniac! Where can I get one of those 2" gillmen?!?

 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10365
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2007-09-17 06:43 am   Permalink

Pretty Incredible stuff. Where'd you Learn to do that(besides the mentors you were fortunate enough to find). Love the Lanterns.
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
Posts: 2855
From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2007-09-17 10:31 am   Permalink

Master Carver Dave:
One question:

Did you sculpt your hair too?

Nicely Done!
Buzzy Out!
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Bowana
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Joined: Nov 10, 2006
Posts: 1170
From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2007-09-17 8:30 pm   Permalink

Marcus: Thanks for visiting, mate!

Paipo: Thanks for the stone info. I figured it would probably be you with the answer. I'll set aside a Gillman for ya and give it to you at Tiki Oasis 9!

4WD: Sure, I can fix your truck. I'll need an extremely heavy sledge hammer. That, and a protractor ought to do the trick.

Clarita: Gracias como siempre, amiga!

Babalu: Thanks for the use of your kiln, and for posting the lanterns picture. Saved me from having to do it. Nah, that's okay that you linked my site. It needs updating, one photo in particular.

Benz: Where'd I learn to do that? Well, I do have to give a lot of credit to my mentors. They were extremely hard on me. A lot of ersatz apprentices would come through there with visions of grandeur but when it came right down to it, they didn't really want to work. My mentors kicked my ass every day just to make sure I was not going to waste their time too when they were paying me to learn while I sculpted for them. My sculptures were literally torn apart in front of me during critiques. It got to a point to where I developed a serious thick skin, and had a huge chip on my shoulder. I was determined to make the best friggin' sculptures they'd ever seen, whether it was an Indian figurine or a Winnie the Pooh lamp.

I would say then that it was the willingness and tenacity of both parties that brought my skill level up. (Even though I wanted to quit oh so many times)

That was years ago now, but to this day I am still in touch with my mean ol' mentors and consider them among my dearest friends. Oh, and they still hire apprentices if anyone is interested. (I'm serious)

Buzzy: I hate you , you bastard!






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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10365
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2007-09-18 05:55 am   Permalink

I'm Interested!

 
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Cammo
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Joined: May 18, 2006
Posts: 1952
From: San Diego
Posted: 2007-09-18 06:30 am   Permalink

You're actually a professional sculptor?!

Holy Kokonuttios, I thought you were amazing, but you get a paycheck out of this! Oh My Gawunga! You are our official Kahuna Bowana from now on!


 
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Zaya
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Joined: Jun 06, 2006
Posts: 209
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2007-09-18 12:42 pm   Permalink

I love that story about your mom! You did an amazing job replicating her painting in your carving. You really brought it to life. She would be so proud of you!

Ok, so we've known you about 10 months now, and you've been holding out this "Professional Sculptor" career of yours? I think at the next chop we should find out what we all "Really" do. I'm still wondering about Cammo....
It was great to see some of the work you've done, it's incredible! I really like the sculpt you did of Jimi. The details are amazing and life-like.

Dave, you have to admit, that hairdo of yours is the bomb! And can we all talk about the color please? A redhead? We would have never known! I think you should grow it out again for old times sake. Oh yeah, and if you ever want to see some pictures of Buzzy with a hairdo let me know.

Zaya


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Cammo
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Joined: May 18, 2006
Posts: 1952
From: San Diego
Posted: 2007-09-18 2:26 pm   Permalink

I WANT TO SEE PICTURES OF BUZZY WITH HAIR!!!!!!

Was it long?
Was it strong?

Was it dark?
Did it look like bark?

Was it curly?
Kind of gurly?

Was it wet?
Or in a hair net?

PICTURES OF BUZZY WITH HAIR!
Where?
Where?
Where?

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Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2007-09-18 2:33 pm   Permalink

Geez. Just when you think you're getting to know someone, you find out all this amazing stuff. BFA from Long Beach? Knives? Imagineering?

My head is still reeling from all the stuff I found out about Buzzy at the last Chop...

Fabulous bio, Dave.

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Bowana
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Joined: Nov 10, 2006
Posts: 1170
From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2007-09-18 8:26 pm   Permalink

Oh, I thought you guys already knew my deep dark secret. Yes, it is possible to be a full time sculptor and actually make a decent living at it! I've been doing it steadily since 1992.

Zaya: Thanks for the compliments (about the sculpting, not my hair, which incidentally has never been red. The color in that photo is messed up. I blame Buzzy).

Cammo: No! No pictures of Buzzy with a 'do on my thread!

Benz: Are you willing to relocate to Fallbrook (the Avocado capital of the world), CA?

Kate: Yeah, I guess we've all got our little surprises.

Now, more Tikis and less about my hair, dammit!
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
Posts: 2855
From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2007-09-18 8:49 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-09-18 20:26, Bowana wrote:
Now, more Tikis and less about my hair, dammit!



Dav,

How about if we talk about tikis with hair...









...and how those were an early inspiration for your work?


Buzzy Out!
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Babalu
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Joined: Nov 19, 2006
Posts: 2505
From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2007-09-18 8:58 pm   Permalink

Geeez,

I'd kill for that hair do of yours there Bowana...hell, I'd kill to have any one of those tiki dos too.

I never have bad hair days, just no hair days.
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Bowana
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Joined: Nov 10, 2006
Posts: 1170
From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2007-09-18 10:22 pm   Permalink



This was bound to happen next, so I figured I'd get it over with now by doing it myself.

I feel so GROG.
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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2007-09-18 11:33 pm   Permalink



 
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