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Basement Kahuna -New Maori Bone Pendant 3/04
GMAN
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Posted: 2006-09-20 8:24 pm   Permalink

Nice!

 
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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2006-09-22 10:15 pm   Permalink

Detail of Taiwaru knotching on the shoulders of the panel

 
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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2006-09-23 12:12 am   Permalink

This piece is now sold. I will be doing another one in a short whil...different style, more narrow.

 
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JohnnyP
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2006-09-23 03:19 am   Permalink

Damn impressive! Incredibly deep carving. Thanks for the close ups. Looks like poplar? And is that a Home Depot Buck Brothers chisel I see? If it is you must have spent an hour getting it sharp enough to actually carve with.

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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2006-09-23 10:01 am   Permalink

That's an old Buck fantail indeed...but I have had it for years and it has that rough-around-the-edges but effective Stanley style steel in it so it holds an edge pretty well. THIS was my prize for the next few months! I found all of this this morning at the flea market-for...drum roll....80 dollars. Porter Cable detail sander in the case with all acessories, 14 Henry Taylor and turn-of-the-century Acorn chisels, a hand-turned Catalpa wood mallet, an entire box of very, very expensive Swedish ship/net riggers tools, books on inlay, furniture joinery, the zen and nature of the craftsman, vintage hand tools, etc. Two of the books alone have 40.00 jacket prices. Happy Birthday To Me!

 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2006-09-25 12:18 am   Permalink

Now we're trucking. The basic elements are laid out...we know we using a single toothing technique for the cheek spirals and the Taowaru (referring to Pataki type)for the joints. The other elements are pay-as-you-go, but once you have a rhythm on a piece like this it starts to progress quickly. The mata-kupenga for the background is penciled in now and awaits sculpting. The second picture is of an air hose hooked up to a compressor ...very nice to have around for something like this. Why? So you don't have to constantly brush large amounts of waste wood out of your way...just blow it out! The third picture is of my chisarsenal. You can never have too many chisels, especially of different types and specialties. You will use them all eventually. Most of mine are Henry Taylor...I use some Pfiel, and some very old Sheffield chisels from the turn-of-the-century. You just can't beat the steel in these. It has a temper like a diamond.

 
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Paipo
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Posted: 2006-09-25 01:01 am   Permalink

Interesting thing with using the air compressor...I might have this slightly wrong, but I seem to remember it is tapu to blow shavings or dust from a Maori carving with the mouth, and a brush (or compressor!) is usually kept for this purpose instead. I'm afraid I'm guilty of blowing on my stuff when I'm dry sanding from time to time, but a toothbrush (which I also use) does a better job anyway.
Keep the primo whakairo rolling BK...I am amping to see this one done!


 
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Monkeyman
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Posted: 2006-09-25 08:00 am   Permalink

that panel is frikin amazing....... cant wait to see it stained...

 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2006-09-25 08:35 am   Permalink

You're right, Paipo! The reason for the "blowing" tapu relates to the "foodstuff contamination" tapu. It is the worst tapu to have food touch a carving, or to walk under hanging food. So no take-out anywhere near the carving bench! It is also tapu to smoke a pipe while observing carving (if you are the carver it is fine). It is tapu to add onto or resume another's uncompleted carving after their death. Women are also tapu in the work areas while carving is in progress. Unless you're Tikifille. Because she's better than half us guys .

 
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kingstiedye
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Posted: 2006-09-28 3:42 pm   Permalink

must...have...more...updates...need...my...whaikaro...fix...

 
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Paipo
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Posted: 2006-09-28 4:01 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-09-25 08:35, Basement Kahuna wrote:
Women are also tapu in the work areas while carving is in progress.


Try telling my wife this! Maybe I need a sign? I have met a couple of traditonal carvers who are sticklers for the rules.


 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2006-09-28 8:27 pm   Permalink



 
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Polynesiac
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From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2006-09-28 9:01 pm   Permalink

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Swedish ship/net riggers tools



SCORE!!!! if ya evah want tah sell 'em....

Love the updates! How long does a carving like this take you? I don't think I'd be able to tell your carving from an original Maori when you're done with it.

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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2006-09-28 9:20 pm   Permalink

Dave, that piece is incredible. One of the highlights of my trip to Tiki Oasis a few years back was to lay hands on your old walnut Maori panel (from the "Tiki Carving Methodology" thread) that is now in the hands of Hummuhummu. It's always nice to look at, but always better to feel a carving. But this piece looks like it will surpass that one, and you are in fine form these days my friend.

Just curious - what is the offset for between the handle and the blade on the third chisel from the right? What does that do?

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tikigap
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Posted: 2006-09-28 11:24 pm   Permalink

Hey BK -


I gotta get one of these. It's the hot setup.

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