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Basement Kahuna -New Maori Bone Pendant 3/04
Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2006-04-11 10:30 pm   Permalink

BK.... you're nuts.

Now get to work!

Always upping the ante...


 
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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2006-04-12 4:23 pm   Permalink

Ambitious project. I hope you show a lot of step by steps and progress photos. The U'U is off to a great start.

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tikimecula
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Joined: Apr 27, 2004
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From: BFE, KS
Posted: 2006-04-12 8:23 pm   Permalink

That will be a winner for sure. I had to miss Coon-Tiki, because i was in Hawaii. Don't know if you have been there, but the Polynesian Cultural Center is Increadable! Here are a few of the 300 pics i got while there. I will PM you some of the more interesting war club pics i got. The pics below are from the New Zeland carvers that are on site, there are 7 full time carvers there (all from New Zeland). All of the carvings in the park are done by them. I labeled the first 2 pics wrong they look more like Marq's to me.

http://www.allcasinodice.com/Maori-panel1.jpg
http://www.allcasinodice.com/Maori-panel2.jpg
http://www.allcasinodice.com/Maori-panel3.jpg


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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2006-04-13 7:32 pm   Permalink

Conga-no home yet. It will be mainly a "joy" carving for me and pretty expensive, in the 1000-plus range. It will be costly and time consuming to complete. Loki-what I do for the symmetry aspect on a larger relief carving like this is pretty easy-I do a drawing of one side of the panel! I take the full size of the object, scale it to the size of a sheet of drawing paper, and split the scale in half. I draw out from the half line until I have what I want. Then I do a transparency of the drawing, f l i p the transparency, join up the ends, and do another tranparency of the joined piece..then I just put it on an overhead projector and trace it full size onto my wood stock. Viola!

 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2006-04-13 8:54 pm   Permalink

BK-

For that next panel you're doing, I think you otta go all the way and shave your head and tattoo it too!! To help you "get into it".

You one crazy mutha!!!


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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2006-04-15 07:49 am   Permalink

I might just sleep under it, Ben! Here's the latest bone piece, a miniature Maori Kotiate, or disarming club. This is one of my faves so far...

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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2006-04-15 08:39 am   Permalink

ayyy karumba!

 
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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2006-04-15 7:19 pm   Permalink

Here's a recently completed Marquesan bone pendant that now belongs to Onatiki..

 
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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2006-04-16 07:25 am   Permalink



 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-04-16 07:28 am   Permalink

HEy BK, I really Love these last 2 pieces, you are really doing some Nice bone work, Keep it up. Also, I agree with that "Other ben" that you should shave your head and get the full Tattoo before you start your panel. I think it will enrich the experience and produce a much better carving... Thanks Ben, good suggestion!
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2006-04-16 10:35 am   Permalink

...and be aware of all the taboos associated with the activity of carving a Maori ancestor panel (This is a true story):

When Te Waru, chief of the Ngati Whaoa, did not heed the warnings of his Tohunga to put out his pipe while watching the carving of Rauru, the magnificent meeting house that he had commissioned in honor of his new wife, he broke the taboo. When his wife suddenly died, the work on the house stopped. After a period of mourning, and several years, Te Waru found a new wife, and resumed work on the house...
Te Waru was a young, forward thinking man who did not want to believe in the tales of the elders, and it took the death of his THIRD wife and their child to finally abandon the project.

For decades the almost finished panels and posts of the house lay in storage, until in 1897 a Swedish hotel owner from Rotorua acquired them, and had the house build by young Maori craftsmen, among them the grandson of the now deceised original builder.

But in 1900 he put it up on the market, maybe because the two old Tohunga who had performed the exorcism of the curse that lay on the house had suddenly died. The Hamburg Museum of Anthropology accquired it for the back then enormous sum of 35.000.- Reichsmark and built it's own wing for it, where it has been standing since 1910. The curse must have evaporated over time and distance, because nothing bad happened to the British officers of the occupation forces that converted it into their casino for a time after WWII, making it Hamburg's first Tiki lounge.

The moral: Don't smoke a pipe while you're carving, you might kill your wife...hmmm, does that work with ex-wives, too?

PS: Don't forget my Marquesan toggle Tiki!

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tikigap
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Joined: Jan 19, 2006
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From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2006-04-16 6:34 pm   Permalink

Very nice BK! How big are they?

 
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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2006-04-16 8:00 pm   Permalink

Hi, Gap...they run on average 2 2 1/2 inches.

 
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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2006-04-17 08:49 am   Permalink

hey! i really like that kotiate club! it'll look good at the kon tiki this weekend!

 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2006-04-18 05:07 am   Permalink

BK, I hope I did not actually worry you with that little anecdote from Maori history, it was shared out of my fascination and love for the traditions of Tiki carving, but not to be taken serioulsy at all. They are curious, but I do not heed bad luck stories like that, be they about breaking olden taboos, or taking lava from Hawaii.

This, to clarify, has nothing to do with dis-respect for ancient attitudes, I simply feel that it is all a matter of intention. If you do something (anything) with a pure and positive intention and out of a genuine love for it, no god can punish you for it, if you smoke, drink, tatoo yourself or listen to Jimmy Buffet (the eternal sin).

That is also why I am not ashamed of my book even in front of Polynesian traditionalists, because it was done out of my genuine love for Tiki, old and new, and has done nothing but spread that love, and the culture of the Polynesian gods.


 
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