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Paipo's Stone Tikis V2.0 - 2011
Paipo
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From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2009-06-18 4:50 pm   Permalink

Thanks conga, seeks, TK, laojia, Ben, Tama, Jonesey, Lake, pdrake, jabtiki, GROG & prairie jade! You fellas are too kind. I'm glad this one found such an appreciative audience, and although the time it took was frustrating, it will pay off on the next piece (which is quite similar) now I've already figured out the hard stuff.
GROG, I'm gonna hold off on posting the wood stuff for a little while. Partially because the progress is really slow until I get tooled up at home, and also because I'm enjoying the quiet, steady and contemplative nature of the work. It's refreshing to be making without thought to having to sell or even put the work into the public arena at the moment. I don't even take my carving out to look at between classes! I hope this doesn't come off as too precious but it is what it is. Once I get some chisels and get started on my own path at home you'd better believe there will be some wood tikis gracing this thread - hopefully some BIG buggers!
Back in stone land, work is well advanced on the next piece - another large profile style manaia/figurehead in argillite. I think he'll be done in the next day or so, but in the meantime I reshot #68 as promised. I also made my first-ever 4-plait cord for this piece and man did it take FOREVER! Thanks to Tama for showing me the ropes way back when, in such a way that it stuck in my mind. It only took 10 years!







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Posted: 2009-06-18 8:00 pm   Permalink

Paips, I'm Glad you shot this guy again, he's SO Powerful and has such presence,, Well done Sir!
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kingstiedye
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Posted: 2009-06-29 01:00 am   Permalink

i really dig #68, paipo! but he also kind of scares me. that evil eye gives me the willies!
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Paipo
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Posted: 2009-06-29 04:22 am   Permalink

When I said "a day or so", I really meant a week or two. Like the last one, this was carved over many, many short sessions focused on little areas of detail. #69 - more pics + title to come:



He sort of reminds me of Kang and Kodos from the Simpsons.

and before I forget:

Cheers Ben - I liked the light and mood, in those first pics but the stone colour is much better second time round. I had the same problem today so I'm just gonna have to wait until the sun comes back. I think I'm officially overdue for a camera upgrade this year too!

Bullet - long time no see stranger! thanks for dropping by, and the bump which saved me having to search for my thread - it's a little neglected these days.

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Benzart
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Posted: 2009-06-29 06:45 am   Permalink

Holy chit man, what mold did you pop this guy out of? You are getting some Scary detail, looks like a wood carving, can't wait to see more.
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Posted: 2009-06-29 07:33 am   Permalink

POW! mindblowing...


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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2009-06-29 07:52 am   Permalink

Man! This last pair is Flippin' my WIG!



How is it possible for you to get any better!?!?!?

Maybe because the theme is so close to home....
or that Faustian pact ...


 
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Skinny Dog
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Posted: 2009-06-29 08:37 am   Permalink

Kinny,

I have 2 of those play wigs that were my sister's. Totally Rad!

Paipo......WOW!

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kingstiedye
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Posted: 2009-06-29 4:51 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-06-29 04:22, Paipo wrote:
Bullet - long time no see stranger! thanks for dropping by, and the bump which saved me having to search for my thread - it's a little neglected these days.


hey rhys, even if you don't hear from me for a while, i'm still checking up on you. so you better keep making masterpieces or i'll know about it! #69 looks like you are keeping up your end of that bargain.
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Paipo
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Posted: 2009-06-30 04:03 am   Permalink

Definitely some wood carving influences creeping in for sure on these guys. It's probably a reflection of my frustrating lack of chisels.
Ben, I was actually tempted to pop this guy out of a mold for real, but it's too cold and damp for casting at this time of year. I may dabble in limited editions again at some stage cause I'd really like my own copy of some of these.
Jonesey - thanks! Kinda cool seeing em side-by-side like that. They are definitely brothers!
Kinny - I'll keep flipping your wig, as long as you promise to keep melting my face!
Jen - you should hook Kinny up with one of those wigs (and of course post pics)! Cheers for dropping in.
Bullet - good to know you're still out there. Sounds like you're in the same boat as me - observing, enjoying, but not posting quite as much as we used to.

Well, the sun came out right on cue today so I took some more shots. I almost left it too late again but managed to get what I needed:

#69 - Kae










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Benzart
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Posted: 2009-06-30 04:39 am   Permalink

YES, the Lighting really makes a Big Difference, Lays it out for all to see. All the delicate detail, the beauty and the blemishes are few and far between if there are any at all.

I don't mind so much your not posting any wood pix yet as long as you keep Wowing us with pieces such as these. I understand about the pieces you are working on staying under wraps while you are going through this wild learning experience, it is a time of insecurity too as you are trying to learn about a whole different set of tools and I an just imagine when you are chiseling on a piece of wood, you are constantly saying "how would the stone react to this or that", and when working on stone now." I wonder if I can get it to do this,,,". Soon it will all start making sense if it hasn't already.
Back to this guy, just beautiful.
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2009-06-30 09:37 am   Permalink

DANG....

 
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surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2009-06-30 09:58 am   Permalink

Holy SHEET metal!
Ok, the execution is great and all...but the CREATIVITY, it's ingenous! It's all thought out so well...did you even plan the the subtle stripes of the stone's colors, and where they would fall? Jeeesh.


 
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Paipo
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Posted: 2009-06-30 1:40 pm   Permalink

Ben, there are a couple of obvious blemishes (thought not apparent in the pix I chose) but I'm getting less obsessive these days. The photos did bring a few "folllow-throughs" to my attention that I will go back and clean up though. I use some pretty large and aggressive tools sometimes to do a fine job, as it's the only way to get into a tight space with these deep carves. As for the wood, I'm still very much at square one and I like just keeping it on the down-low for now. I really missed not carving this week (classes finished last week) and I don't have the time or the tools to carry on yet so the chizzlin' is on hiatus for a while. Facebook - I think I'm going to crumble soon and sign up. Just about everyone I know around here (NZ) is using it these days. I much prefer myspace still as it seems better suited to artists but even then I never find time for updates!

Kinny - is that the sound a flipping wig makes?

Surfin - the stripes were sort of planned, in that I could see 'em when I sketched out my lines, but I didn't know how cool that dark band would look when the eye was cut down to the right depth. I wasn't decided on an inlay, and once that pattern became apparent I couldn't bring myself to carve any more of the stone as the bands would be lost. One of my favourite things about argillite is those beautiful flow lines that will always naturally follow the curves on these beach stones. Cheers mate!
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Grapa-RuHa
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Posted: 2009-06-30 3:47 pm   Permalink

There is just so much cool stuff in these two to look at.
Your level of creativity is off the hook.
Don't worry about the wood, it will find you.
Back to staring.


 
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