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Basement Kahuna -New Maori Bone Pendant 3/04
Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2007-10-22 11:51 pm   Permalink

Tahitian Cannibal Carving, 18 inches. This little guy is a commission for my South Sea Arts design teamate Wendy Cevola. Very often seen in the tiki bars of old. I'll have better pictures in a bit. The tapa behind him is special, too..from my own collection..one of two 7-ft long, 24-inch wide garment pieces of Fijian Tapa that I purchased from the daughter of the WWII veteran who brought them home with him in 1945. They were given to him by a Fijian girl with whom he had fallen in love. These were two of her own garments, made in her own village. I really treasure these for their history and story. Literally from the very nucleus of where the Polynesian Pop story began.
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2007-10-23 12:29 am   Permalink

Wow.

You're on fire lately.

I need some motivation.

Off to California this weekend... maybe a dip in the Pacific will be the inspiration I need.

Nice piece BK!


 
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pappythesailor
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From: Mass.
Posted: 2007-10-23 02:28 am   Permalink

Beautiful work. Scary subject matter too--just in time for Halloween.

 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2007-10-23 07:37 am   Permalink

Aaah, the Tahitian Cannibal Carving tradition, a pet subject of mine. I want to do a whole chapter on it, but I have to save that for the Beachcomber Book....

 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2007-10-23 08:37 am   Permalink

Very Nice!Great Cannibal there!
and the story behind the tapa is Pure Polypop History!
Righteous!


 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2007-10-23 10:52 am   Permalink

Thanks, friends..Is this the title of our favorite author's next book, revealed right here on Basement Kahuna's thread on Tiki Central?

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2007-10-23 11:00 am   Permalink

your're on fire more than the west coast is right now!!..nice work cellar dweller...er, basement kahuna.

 
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AlienTiki
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From: MAUI No Ka'oi
Posted: 2007-10-23 12:48 pm   Permalink

Great job on the cannibal. You captured all the right proportions and managed to make him look hungry. I think it's the eyes. Will we see all three or is this a singe commission?

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Aaah, the Tahitian Cannibal Carving tradition, a pet subject of mine. I want to do a whole chapter on it, but I have to save that for the Beachcomber Book....



A book about Don the Beachcomber? It was after all where the cannibal trio got their start in poly-pop. Donn Beach gave them cannibals a chance when no one else would hire them. Don was a champion of equal opportunity employment.



 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-10-23 2:41 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-10-23 12:48, AlienTiki wrote:
A book about Don the Beachcomber? It was after all where the cannibal trio got their start in poly-pop. Donn Beach gave them cannibals a chance....



Exactly, if Don ever had logo Tikis, these would be it. But the Beachcomber Book would also be about Eli Hedley, and other historic Beachcombers, and the whole style. Of course the Don part would have to co-written by Jeff Berry, he knows more about the man than even his ex-wives. ---BUT it won't be next, here is what my schedule looks like:

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On 2007-10-21 18:49, bigbrotiki wrote:
.....my next BOOK, the LOOK OF TIKI (as announced before), which will be on Hawaiian shirts and Polynesian patterns of the 50s, 60s and 70s, and their links to original Polynesian art and to modernist graphics. I will put outstanding shirt designs into context with primitivist and modernist design, my two pet subjects.......

Then I want to do a book on the Tiki revival, one on the Spanish and European Tiki tradition, and a book on the 20th Century Beachcomber style, and maybe one on South Seas movies and television from the 20s to the 70s...and ...and ...and



 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2007-10-23 4:48 pm   Permalink

Our tiki looks perfect, we will love having it on display in our home. Thank you so much, Wendy

 
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seeksurf
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2007-10-23 5:08 pm   Permalink

Basment, I realy like this guy he is looking very old school.
Love the drark color also.
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2007-10-23 10:51 pm   Permalink

Thank you for the commission, Wendy, and enjoy! Sven, you're a Rennaissance man. Surf, I generally do a lot of distressing to all of my tikis..I like them to look like they walked out of the Trader's in 1949! I think a quality, old looking patina/finish is half of the mana of a tiki.
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2007-10-26 01:57 am   Permalink

Neat little bone Tangaroa I did tonight as a stress reliever. [img]
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2007-10-30 6:49 pm   Permalink

The Kerawa, New Guinea outward island dwellers, were fierce headhunters. Skull boards like this were a marriage of a Gope/Spirit Hook. Before a Canoe or Meeting House festival, they would hunt heads for weeks and hang the overmodeled skulls of the victims on boards such as these. Figuring no Skull Board reproduction would be complete without it's quarry, I found a very convincing plastic medical model and made one to complete it! The second item is a neat little beachcomber style host stand made from some leftover lauhala, bamboo and wood I had laying around from a job, and a spare ship's wheel repop.
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2007-10-30 6:54 pm   Permalink

Da shop...Dude, c'mon..Bay Park ain't got 'nothin on Athens, Georgia! Sexy lives here..

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