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New GREEN LAVA tiki step-by-step
TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-12-18 09:07 am   Permalink

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On 2009-12-18 08:55, Aweulekuula wrote:
A 40-minute, 1-inch tall Ki'i from a sea-urchin spine. No idea what I'll do with it.




Super cool. Maybe you could turn him into a necklace. The staffs turned out awesome too.


 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2009-12-18 7:30 pm   Permalink

Marcus, I Love that "Aumakua style image" that you resurrected form the box of lost souls. It's Amazing how pieces slide into that box when we meet a dead end and can't figure out how to continue, OR we just lose interest because to continue would take more time and effort than you have to spend at the time, but what's More interesting is when they finally get noticed and take that journey back to the world of the living and most of the time they end up be and I still have one I want to do "Right"\ing So Remarkable people wonder why you didn't finish them to begin with.
I am HAPPY for you And this carving that he made it back and the Ancients are happy too and surely must have nudges you a bit here and there to get him back on the bench. One to be very proud of for sure.
Thanks for sharing.

Oh, Yeah, the Spine,,, Awesome as usual and I still have one floating around my bench that won't go away and that I'll HAVE to make time for soon before he drives me Crazy/crazier.


 
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Aweulekuula
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Posted: 2009-12-30 4:49 pm   Permalink

After recarving that one image another set of Ki'i came up and demanded a "re-shaping". These two popped into a dream rather vividly and stated that it was now "their time to walk".

They had originally been carved about seven years ago from two very old tourist ebony carvings from Africa I got from a yard sale for $10 each. They were a male and female pair of heads carved on two cylindrical trunks that were just covered in patterns, not full sculptures. Something inside that wood demanded full bodies so I carved them into a corresponding pair of Hawaiian Ki'i 'Aumakua.

Sadly, as they had very limited space to themselves (they had been carved as narrow cylinders) and I did not have much faith in my carving abilities, I never really carved their feet for fear they would not be able to stand and balance. I also failed to narrow the legs down enough and seperate the arms well enough from the bodies.

All these things I now corrected and the result is a Kane and Hina pairing that I now consider my best.

I also just learned that the brown ebon they are carved from most closely resembles the now endangered Uhi'uhi wood, from which many sacred 'Aumakua images were carved, in both color, hardness, and even density.

This is what they looked like when I first carved them:

(Note how much wider the legs are as compared to the arms and how close the arms are to the body... plus they have no feet.)



Here you see them after the corrections:

(Note how the legs have been narrowed and the arms freed from the trunk... and that they have feet now. The overall effect makes them more dynamic and alive, I feel.)



This image shows the remarkable luster of the brown ebony when the light hits it juuuuust right. No varnish or oil is ever needed on these guys, plus they are so tough that almost nothing damages them. They are the perfect travelling Ki'i to set up sacred spaces and such.




Aloha!

Marcus








 
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Aweulekuula
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Posted: 2010-01-19 06:46 am   Permalink



A whole bunch of carved slate pencil sea urchin spines like the ones they found in the late 1800s (probably depictions of Ku'ula or another fishing 'Aumakua) on Hawaii. These are made to be worn as necklaces.



Playing around with different Hawaiian head styles for these Ku'ula pendants.



These two I will keep. It is Hina-puki-ia on the left and Ku'ula-Kai on the right.


 
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Aweulekuula
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Posted: 2010-01-19 06:49 am   Permalink



I got a better camera for Christmas, so I thought I'd take a better pictuer of the first full-body spine (They only carved the head traditionally).



This fellow was carved so that the first full-body spine wouldn't feel so alone.

Aloha!

Marcus


 
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Aweulekuula
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Posted: 2010-02-07 4:12 pm   Permalink

My friends from the Big Island sent me this nice chunk of either soft red basalt or super-hard red tuffa stone. So, I decided to see if there was a tiki hiding inside...



After an hour and a half of grinding the fellow started to take shape, sort of.



Half an hour of trying to grind away most of the deep cuts from the diamond blade and the rough outline was finished.



More to come...


 
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Aweulekuula
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Posted: 2010-02-07 4:19 pm   Permalink

Now I put the diamond circular saw away and get out the tungsten-carbide drill and grouting bits to start smoothing out the body.



Using the same bit it was time to start carving the facial pattern rough.



Then the facial features got rounded out.



Now it was time to bring out the aluminum oxide grinder to smooth the whole thing down.



Six different grades of sandpaper later and Mr. Red was done.



Aloha!

Marcus

[ This Message was edited by: Aweulekuula 2010-02-07 16:21 ]


 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2010-02-07 5:17 pm   Permalink


Marcus, Thanks for the "Step-by-Step", I Know it takes a lot of extra time to stop your progress just to shoot a couple photos, How large is he about 5 or 6 inches tall? Was that hard or soft stone?
COOL!


 
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TikiMango
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Posted: 2010-02-07 7:39 pm   Permalink

I love progress threads, thanks for sharing. Do you hold this guy in your hands while you shape, or do you do something a little more safer?
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Pupule Tiki!


 
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amate
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Posted: 2010-02-08 03:52 am   Permalink

Visiting your thread is like a trip to the museum. Your art has an authentic and primal feel to it. I love it.

 
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wplugger
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Posted: 2010-02-08 05:07 am   Permalink

you sure make that look EZ.
I'm sure it's not.


 
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Aweulekuula
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Posted: 2010-02-08 05:38 am   Permalink

I have to admit that I do the not-so-safe thing in holding the tiki by hand when I carve it. It's the only way I can reach all around, but I do wear thick gloves.

This stone is too hard to carve with steel tools (they evaporate--literally) but this specimen was not the hardest I have carved.

This guy is about 5 inches tall and actually got another round of hand-polishing this morning, so once the sun is up I should be able to shoot another image.

There is an all-green lava stone tiki coming soon.

Aloha!

Marcus


 
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laojia
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Posted: 2010-02-08 08:20 am   Permalink

Thank's for sharing the step by step! Nice ti'i with this cool tuff tought...

J.


 
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Aweulekuula
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Posted: 2010-10-27 07:45 am   Permalink

Okay, this took FOREVER to get too. Life just gets busy, doesn't it?

This is a very curious form of lava from the Big Island. Geologically speaking it is a form of Rhiolite, meaning that it is very mineral-poor and mainly consists of silica. It is related to white pumice, but much, much denser and almost semi-translucent. I had to buy this rock from a Hawaiian family who knows where to find this very rare stone.

This 4 1/2 Ki'i was carfed for the 7-year-old daughter of a friend of mine when she got very sick.



The rough stone. Note the gas bubbles and overall whiteness.



The first rough-cuts are made to get a feel for the design.



The body is taking shape.



The body shapes are done and work on the face begins.



 
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Aweulekuula
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Posted: 2010-10-27 07:50 am   Permalink



The body and face shapes are done, now its time for the surface grinding and polish.



Two grades of sandpaper later.



The Ki'i is done. Loos almost like jade.


 
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