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HodadHank's tikijunk: Colab w/ Wild Bill progress pics
Heath
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From: Suburban San Diego (The Drawer)
Posted: 2008-09-15 6:15 pm   Permalink

Geez Hank, I just went through your thread and realized two things.
One, you haven't carved yourself a pipe yet(unless there's no photo evidence),and two, I've been over here quite a few times but haven't left any comments.
Well, I'm not about to start now.



Aww dammit, I guess this counts as a comment, huh?

You've got some great work going in here!
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benella
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From: Meudon, France
Posted: 2008-09-16 01:04 am   Permalink

WOW, pretty cool teak one.
The zebra is kind of perfect too!

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little lost tiki
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2008-09-16 08:31 am   Permalink

the Hankster sez
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Just seeing how much detail I can strip away and have it still read as a Tang.
What do you guys think?



you've succeeded!
stripping the Tang down
and he he still reads as a Tang!
genius you are Hank!

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Benzart
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Posted: 2008-09-16 6:54 pm   Permalink

Hank, you sort a snuck in here through the back door hoping no one would notice and that everyone would buy your beautiful little tiki guyz. Well they are WAY to good to just be hanging around and we all want to know a bit about this "Hodad hank", and we want to see MORE Stuff, Bigger stuff and stone stuff and Bone stuff! Get the picture? I believe your hiding days are Over, C'mon out we SEE you in there! :LOL
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hodadhank
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From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2008-10-02 1:19 pm   Permalink

Thanks guys for all the encouragement.

Monkey missed you @ the lagoon Kinny!



Here's the shipwreck Hawaiian I started before and continued @ the chop. I still have to sand away "the poopies" but his legs are too squat and torso too long for my liking.

Bowana pointed out the separated legs were a throwback to my Tangaroas and that I somehow had completely ignored the heels together stance of the vintage Hawaiian I'd been using as a guide! When you're right your right.



Bowana also reminded me of a great old trick when working in any medium:

Turn your piece upside down from time to time and you'll be surprised the little flaws and proportional miscalculations that jump out immediately!


 
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Bowana
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From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2008-10-02 8:52 pm   Permalink

Cool lil' guy, Hodaddy!

Quote:

On 2008-10-02 13:19, hodadhank wrote:
Bowana also reminded me of a great old trick when working in any medium:

Turn your piece upside down from time to time and you'll be surprised the little flaws and proportional miscalculations that jump out immediately!



Betty Edwards is the one you want to thank:

http://members.optusnet.com.au/charles57/Creative/Drawing/index.html

Scroll down to the "Upside Drawing" link. Have fun!

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hodadhank
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Posted: 2008-10-14 1:29 pm   Permalink

Since I'd misplaced my draw blade it seemed like as good a time as any to give Antoinette the feel for controling the chisel using different combinations of angle and elbow grease. She's done some whittling on smaller pieces but the bigger tools are new to her.

Designed as a teaching project for Jackhammer Cait & Antoinette based on rough scetches by Erik & me, I'm hoping whichever of us is around at any given time will be comfortable refining any of the four masks currently "on deck".

The end results may bare little resemblance to our original drawings after but I always liked "Whistle down the wire".






 
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hodadhank
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Posted: 2008-10-14 2:25 pm   Permalink



Hassan Patterson stopped by just in time for a stogie break.



Neighbor and glassblower Andre Meza & Timbershark. Must be Sunday!






 
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4WDtiki
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2008-10-14 3:32 pm   Permalink

Who did that last Marq, Antoinette? Or Erik? I like it a lot.

 
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tikithomas08
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Posted: 2008-10-14 4:35 pm   Permalink

radd marq hodad!

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hodadhank
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Posted: 2008-10-15 09:24 am   Permalink

Thanks guys!

I'll pass along your compliments to the crew. Cait and I did the lions share of carving on that first Marq.

Jackhammer Cait!




 
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hodadhank
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Posted: 2008-10-15 10:49 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-09-16 18:54, Benzart wrote:
Hank, you sort a snuck in here through the back door hoping no one would notice... we all want to know a bit about this "Hodad Hank"...




Oy! You asked for it Ben!

I was born a poor black child and imediatly began searching for my SPECIAL PURPOSE...



Actually, I'm either a very late Boomer or a very early X-er.

I grew up in a mid mod household built on an old racetrack outside Philly. Our furniture was BLONDE Danish. Our lamps looked like freeform creamic space birds w/ rigidly geometric shades on top to keep them from floating away. My dad was a trumpet playing scientist who used to take me along to The Shark River atthe Jersey shore to study tidal zones, my mom worked for a record shop & radio station!

Dad's cars were chromey & finny & he would be disappointed we aren't all flying by now. We drove to Disneyworld twice...


I was lucky to have two bizarre castles literally at the end of my street. Henry Mercer's Home and Tileworks. Now museums, when I was a kid they were the Wonka to my Charlie Bucket!




Another across town built entirely out of concrete by the same eccentric Arts & Crafts movement supporter. A collector of the vanishing tools of pre-industrial America, many people thought he was insane as he'd stop a man working in his yard and offer buy his tools or wooden pail to fill his own giant museum of mundane items. Pretty cool wandering around this stuff as a kid!







I watched the moonwalk and ate Space Food Sticks.


I remember falling asleep to the sounds of cocktail parties, my mom always having the newest releases for the enormous Zenith. The exotic percussions driving me to dreamland perhaps leading me to become a drummer.

We dined at the Kona Kai...


Somehow avoided Vietman, Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Afganistan & Iraq.

Instead became an artist, and with expensive degree in hand I waved goodbye to everyone I knew and drove to the middle of the desert for ten years on a whim.

Lived and worked along an eerily intact neon Route 66... AD for alterna-weekly, illustrator, painter, columnist, vintage vinyl "countersnob", gallery curator, musician.

It seems surreal now, but it was a dry surreal...



Met Rita & her six year old Noel, the only son I will ever know. Smart and funny and full of love. I miss him so much. Noel's birth father
murdered him one night during visitation, served eight years and now lives a free man with his new family in Truth or Consequences NM.

Pit of dipair/nervous breakdown, living dangerously, no more art no more music etc etc, therapy, therapy, therapy, visit to California.

Swimming with hundreds of leopard sharks in La Jolla Cove was just what the doctor ordered.


Packed & moved to Imperial Beach CA... shortly openned The Freak Factory Inc in Mission Beach.

Used to carry Boskos, Tiki News, mugs and carvings behind the counter. We carried a big selection of vintage unflocked blacklite posters too. Think I've still got some someplace. Look great over a bar. Nice and sleeeeeeazy!


Our old Rick Griffin inspired mural featuring surfing eyeballs and muscle-bound Tikis attracted Dreamworks who used our portion of the boulevard to shoot a bunch of stuff they never used in Almost Famous. Hired the dog too.

Jeez... doesn't look like I've done much with the time the Lord gave me when you see it written down.

Guess I gotta get crackin!
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Please send all complaints about this boring post to Benzart! lol


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hodadhank
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From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2008-10-17 12:27 pm   Permalink

Been working w/ Antoinette on a Cali-Style hybrid mask who's general proportions are a nod to the great Bosko.

Lookit Toni go!



A couple Erik the Reddesigns on deck in various stages of team carving. I love the triclops Marq!


Even Colonel Angus, metalworker by trade, was too curious not to "have a go" yesterday!


 
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hodadhank
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From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2008-10-20 07:25 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-10-02 20:52, Bowana wrote:Betty Edwards is the one you want to thank...



Oh my, That's right! Betty Edwards! I bought that book the year it came out... 1979!





 
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hodadhank
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From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2008-10-20 1:22 pm   Permalink

So, I couldn't go to Bills to carve, and missed out on Kate Cakes and Meiksubi... but the day wasn't a total downer.

I had a wonderful visit from former neighbor Mandy who's daddy lay the carpet for the original Freak Factory over a decade years ago. In fact Mandy was no longer than my forearm and lay sleeping ina a blanket on the giant roll of carpet.

As it happens, Mandy has Show and Tell in fifth grade Monday and is learning about native cultures so "WE" decided she should carve a Rated-G Tangaroa quick.

Mandy has never carved before, but this is pretty much my own process for any carving whatever scale. Hope this is helpful or at the very least interesting.

Mandy used both chisel and draw blade to husk this ficus branch...


After sawing this in half we examined the proportions of other tikis in the shop. Mandy noticed that with few exceptions, about half the total tiki height was a massive head and the lower half divided between torso and legs. I explain that at this point I usually try not to think of the tiki as anything beyond merely a collection of positive and negative geometric shapes.


After mapping out the surface our tangaroa with a pink crayon I had Mandy defines with the head/torso divisions using gradually wider V chisels, soften the edges with straight and curved chisels and sand away any "poopies".


I didn't realise Mandy was holding it backwards till just now but shoulders and hands have already been roughed out on the other side. Detailing after lunch. It was 1:15 and I told her to met me back at the Boutiki at 2:00.
She says " how about 1:45?"...LOL Kids!


After torch work and some hook knife cleanup then more light sanding from Mandy, uses acrylic to darken the deepest relief areas. I would usually use stain but Mandy's gotta go before six!


A final application of Hodaddy's Patented Organic Tiki Rub and this curious little castrato Tang's ready to Show and Tell.



 
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