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Grapa-Ruha's Carving a meal for the Marq pg.10
TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2008-11-12 09:29 am   Permalink

Nice Moai! New, unique design. And just when I think no one else can come up with a new take on it!

 
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Grapa-RuHa
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Joined: Oct 21, 2008
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From: Netherlands
Posted: 2008-11-13 02:12 am   Permalink

Wow, all your comments and compliments are a big motivation to push on. Thanks to you all for that.
4WD, Thanks for finding my long lost brother in art but i think we have both been influenced by the same 60's/70's poster artist on the way we paint our skulls.
Seeksurf, looking at what i have carved over a 20 day period, I must be hooked. But it's my best addiction so far.
Benz, Benella and Tikilizard, thank you
BigT, thanks for calling it unique, that totally made my day.

I have given the Moai a Moko and a first layer of stain.
Pics of the finish will follow soon


 
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Grapa-RuHa
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Posted: 2008-11-14 01:55 am   Permalink

After staining this guy I had to get some work done. After work i went to see The Mansfields rock out at our local venue. And let me tell you, if you like your Rock loud,mean,fast and dirty (think ramones,misfits,cramps)you should attend one of their gigs. This was one of their last european gigs, so they should be back in Colorado pretty soon. When someone passed me a beer and asked me how my tiki carving was going i realized i had forgotten to take pics of the stained Moai. So after the show i rode my bike back to the shop and took him home for a late night fotoshoot. So without further ado, here's the Moai all stained and i am really pleased with the result. The only thing I'm still debating is if i should make his eye complete with an iris or to leave it the way it is. Any comments on that are welcome.
Enjoy and thanks for watching.



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harro
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Posted: 2008-11-14 06:24 am   Permalink

Sweet looking Moai grapa - I kinda like how he looks cool and relaxed as he is. Nice stain job.

cheers.


 
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Tikilizard
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Posted: 2008-11-14 07:49 am   Permalink

Grapa, That is a great piece of work! The tat's are perfect for the face. I have never seen a Moai with an eye but you pulled it off perfectly. I would leave it just the way it is. An iris would make him look to human and the way you have it now makes him look very "other worldly". Sweet!
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seeksurf
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Posted: 2008-11-14 08:17 am   Permalink

WoW! great job man this is poppig now!

 
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McTiki
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Posted: 2008-11-14 1:13 pm   Permalink

Fabulous Grapa!

Nice details

Nice colour

All around envious


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Grapa-RuHa
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Posted: 2008-11-16 02:39 am   Permalink

Aloha and thank you all for your comments and compliments. I have decided to leave him as is and give him two layers of finish. The idea of a moai with eye is not as original as some of you may think. On this piece i was very much inspired by Benzard's Moai/Moko work as wel as some books i have on oceanic art.
Having it on display at my shop has generated some great reactions, and people who are familiar with my 2D work immediately recognize it as my style. Time to start something new.
Greetz,
Pat


 
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Grapa-RuHa
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Posted: 2008-11-19 05:56 am   Permalink

I started on a new small guy trying to carve a full body. I think its good practice for bigger stuff i will attempt in the future (when summer returns most likely). He has changed a little since I took these pics. I made the head a little rounder and spent a lot of time sanding and sanding some more.
Thanks for watching and helpful pointers and critique.


 
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hodadhank
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Posted: 2008-11-19 3:29 pm   Permalink

Keep up the great work !

 
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Grapa-RuHa
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Posted: 2008-11-20 11:55 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Hodad,
The little guys body turned out quite good, but as i was carving his face, a wipe out with the hook knife messed up his eye pretty bad. So as not to get frustrated with this, I decided to start on a pendant that a customer commissioned. It was meant to look like the first pendant i did but since that was one of my first small carvings and I learned a lot since I decided to make him a new one. Now he has something to choose.


Now back to saving the small guy.
Thanks for watching.


 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2008-11-21 01:42 am   Permalink

Excellent lines on that Moko, you made a difficult task look easy!
Your smaller pendants are good too but will get much better when you find the real hook blade, excellent look though, keep up the good work.
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congatiki
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Posted: 2008-11-22 05:54 am   Permalink

Good start on the small full-body Grapa-RuHa...don't get too discouraged
by the slip of the knife. As a wise man (Benzart) once told us in
Tennessee Carving Skool...if you make a mistake on one side...do the
same thing on the other side. Your carvings are coming along nicely...
keep chizzlin'.


 
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Grapa-RuHa
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Posted: 2008-11-22 12:58 pm   Permalink

Thanks Benzart, thats a big compliment as it was a hard task and i have been sweating and cursing my way trough my 'good' plan to give this guy a Moko.
I'll get the right hook knife in a while, but since my girl and me are expecting our second child within the next couple of weeks my mind is not set on tool expansion.
Though the glasses you posted got me thinking, i used them doing touch up on negative film for the print industries.

Here are some pics of the finished small tang. Thanks for the nice comment Conga, that Benzart dude is pretty smart for his age I want carving skool to.



 
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benella
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Posted: 2008-11-23 01:09 am   Permalink

Nice new piece.

Benjamin.


 
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