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Living Tikis
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Joined: Feb 26, 2013
Posts: 35
Posted: 2013-08-15 4:48 pm   Permalink

I recently googled Wayne Coombs tikis and have seen them in two locations in the North County San Diego and I do think he had very clean work. I am very sorry for his passing and can tell he was an icon of tiki in Florida. R.I.P. and I'm sure he touched many peoples lives with his work. Everybody has to start carving by seeing some kind of tiki or book with pictures as I got my start. But my first tiki was done by hand in my parents garage and it wasn't a copy of anybodies work. Just my own thoughts and ideas. I definitely used plenty of ideas or eyes or other parts from work I had seen from the past or the present. Then I bought a chainsaw and started carving on the street in Carlsbad and people started pulling over with interest. There is only so many shapes and designs you can come up with so I think there will almost always be similarities in peoples carvings in general. Some people are flattered when others copy there work or do there own style of there idea. It happens all the time with the ancient Hawaiians style.From there I went on to creating my own designs. When people order from my books sometimes unfortunately I have to make the same designs over and over but I still enjoy carving every chance I get. I always have my eyes open for new ideas and ways to make cuts so I think we continue to learn all the time.

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