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Joined: Sep 27, 2006
From: Meudon, France
|Posted: 2009-09-06 02:35 am  Permalink|
This Taiaha is certainly my favorite in your bone/tusk works. It really looks spectacular even through the pix.
Thank you for your answer on my thread, it keeps me motivated. I know this spaulted piece of wood won't let me hope fine details but it is certainly the occasion to run it more "basic". Thanks for your constant support and (good) advices.
Joined: Jan 09, 2004
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
|Posted: 2009-09-06 07:47 am  Permalink|
Thanks Jonesey, This one is 4 inches long the next about 5. Gman is throwing the carcasses AT me insteaad of To me)^@@#&(%^)Beasstid. However, these are Wart Hog Tusks I got from S Africa.
GMAN, You are a funny, Sick man! So it was YOU who was throwing the piggy carcass over the fence? Stripped so clean of meat the dogz didn't even know what it was. Hahahaha. Whatever makes You happy.
Paipo, Thanks, this one was difficult to get smooth as I had to remove Lots of meat and the design just kinda follows the flow of the tusk. this IS the tusk, However, I gots More. Glad you like it and I understand about no disrespect for anything else I've carved, you Hate my other stuff?
Ben, Thanks for your kind words. These tusks are kin of magical to carve, once you start it is difficult to put down. I found myself dozing with a running handpiece in my hand all hunched over the bench. Glad you like. You're welcome for the other stuff too, that spaulted wood is a curse but a Beautiful one. It's challenging to say the least and you are doing well with it.
Well I have this box of Tusks that are driving me crazy. They look so cool and they stink so bad when you grind them but are Super to work, the surface can go from Ugly to beautifully polished right before your eyes and it is like a drug, you can't get enough. So I started another larger one to prolong the pleasure.
Raw tusks lighted so you can see how thin they are at the top
You need to cut away about 1 1/2 inches to get to a carvable thickness
You can see there is a Lot of material removed to get the smooth"tongue" end of the piece.
Down here it's almost Solid anyway.
I tried to be a Bit more careful with the drawing on this one!
Joined: Dec 31, 2005
From: Suburban San Diego (The Drawer)
|Posted: 2009-09-06 08:58 am  Permalink|
Absolutely stunning work Ben!
|little lost tiki|
Joined: Jun 12, 2006
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
|Posted: 2009-09-06 09:27 am  Permalink|
Warthog tusks are GO!
you create miracles around every corner!
Grand Member (4 years)
Joined: Nov 10, 2006
From: La Mesa, CA
|Posted: 2009-09-06 09:32 am  Permalink|
They leave me toothless!
Fantastic work, Benzo!!
Joined: Dec 28, 2005
From: Mission Beach, CA
|Posted: 2009-09-06 09:34 am  Permalink|
Great tusk design Ben! Can't wait to see this one develop.
Just wanted to mention that Bono touched down just in time for the TIKI ISLAND 3 CLOSING RECEPTION and simply dazzled all attendees. San Diego's carving illuminati were thrilled to be able to finally see this piece in person. Just goes to show you it's not the size of your bone that counts, rather, what you can do with it.
Keep up the good work Ben!
Joined: Sep 26, 2006
From: BA Arg
|Posted: 2009-09-06 11:48 am  Permalink|
Oh wow, very inspired carving really! I'm going to follow this one as it develops closely, very, very nice!
Just goes to show you it's not the size of your bone that counts, rather, what you can do with it.
Hahaha, Very funny! You made my day with this statement hahaha!
That's like saying the important thing about the pretty girls at your shop is the size of their talent!
Hey Benz about the bribery thing, I know you don't mean the power of wearing a bikini, you mean the power of being able to bribe you with my work, 'cause I know you and i thank you so much for the way you are, and how much you support all of us.
But honestly I didn't feel worthy at all so far... I know you like my drums, even I also know you are being super generous about how important you want to make me feel... I'm going to take a big risk here and say..
How about you make me a pendant, and based on your design I make you a bamboo drum?... a Boo-Benz. you don't have to say yes, I know I'm not good enough yet and that it would be a big challenge for me really... well I don't know.. think about it..
Grand Member (5 years)
Joined: Nov 19, 2006
From: Lemon Grove
|Posted: 2009-09-06 1:53 pm  Permalink|
Howdy do Ben!!
Man, I got to fondle that last piece of yours the other night over at Hanks...I must say, I was as giddy as a school girl
You Sir are one AMAZING feller!!
Joined: Jun 22, 2006
From: Aotearoa / NZ
|Posted: 2009-09-06 3:33 pm  Permalink|
I was talkin about the Bono, he IS bone isn't he? but maybe these new tusk guys will supercede him in awesomeness...
Joined: Jun 17, 2008
From: Satellite Beach, FL
|Posted: 2009-09-06 5:38 pm  Permalink|
Great looking tusk designs! I know you gave me one to try, but I'm too skeerd to mess it up by trying to carve it. For the time being I'll live vicariously through your carvings.
I can't wait to see all that detail come to life in your newest tusk design.
Joined: Jun 01, 2004
From: wisconsin northwoods
|Posted: 2009-09-07 07:21 am  Permalink|
Wow....looks like ol' Ben really sunk his teeth into this one!
Joined: Dec 09, 2008
From: Reading, PA
|Posted: 2009-09-07 12:31 pm  Permalink|
I am always blown away at the detail and futhermore at the scale.
Joined: Aug 23, 2003
From: Las Vegas
|Posted: 2009-09-07 3:10 pm  Permalink|
Ben, your work always gets me teary-eyed with joy!
One day, I'll have a Benzart of my own that wasn't half-done by me!
Joined: Oct 21, 2002
From: Milwaukee, WI
|Posted: 2009-09-08 2:42 pm  Permalink|
Hot damn Ben!
These are incredible.
I think you're on to something...
Joined: May 10, 2006
|Posted: 2009-09-08 4:00 pm  Permalink|
That tooth is gonna be stellar! The two pieces that made it to Tiki Island 3 were awesome as well.