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What keeps YOU from carving??
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 14, 2005
Posts: 2999
From: My Island
Posted: 2006-04-30 6:56 pm   Permalink

I agree with Ben; the best reason FOR carving tikis is the happiness that other people get when they take them home. It doesn't matter if it's a Gman tiki, a mask, a traditional tiki, a carved fish, or one of my gyotaku rubbings - the real thrill is providing someone with something I made that makes them happy. Even if I give it to them because they can't afford it (done that lots). As an artist it really doesn't matter if I am really happy with it, I rarely ever am, or if I make a huge profit or eat it, but my clients leave with big smiles and most keep in touch regularly. I think that's the big reason I keep chipping and painting. I like to make people happy. That makes me happy.



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Chip and Andy
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Joined: Jul 13, 2004
Posts: 2277
From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2006-04-30 8:33 pm   Permalink


On 2006-04-30 18:47, Benzart wrote:
...Did I mention the voices?...

Ben, meet me in the bar. I have a recipe to stop the voices.

I aslo have one that makes more voices.........

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 30, 2004
Posts: 1576
From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2006-05-01 09:37 am   Permalink

This was COOL! Ya get to learn a little 'bout everybody.
(Polynesiac, seriously makes me crack-up)
And now I like the way Benz turned it the other way...What MAKES you carve...awesome.
1. To make the surf rise
2. To fight off evil spirits
3. To scare the pants off the neighbors
4. To satisfy the voices in my head

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Kapu Kahiki
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Joined: Sep 19, 2005
Posts: 38
From: Portland, Oregon
Posted: 2006-05-01 11:29 am   Permalink

Right on, Ben!
My reasons to carve:
-To forget work, noise and other cares of the grind
-To create a world of my own, a primitive island in the city
-To act like a native, a wildman praying to the Gods!
-The learning that is required to make a good piece, and meeting the aspiration of honoring those who inspired the work. Be they the Natives or those who came before me to honor those traditions. (Thanks to BK for imparting the knowledge of the Mana of the tools and wood, and the respect for those whose art we emulate!)

But mostly, these two things:
-Knowing that I made something out of nothing, that I was able to envision something in a piece of wood and bring it out
-This brotherhood, knowing that I am part of an Ohana, sharing these common experiences with folks from across the land

I'd be lying if I said that the props from carvers and non-carvers on my work wasn't motivational too. Hey, everyone needs an ego stroke now and again!
"Out of the water I am nothing"
-Duke Kahanamoku

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 02, 2002
Posts: 2765
From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2006-05-01 1:00 pm   Permalink

O.K you asked and here it is. Sad to say I have three or four carvings that have sat idol (pun intended) for a couple of years now. Some just need a little sanding and stain. Others are still in thier log stage. As for reasons well here are a just a few....

Ending a four year relationship last year
Moving my studio and home and all my stuff (which I have way more than I thought) over six times during the last two of years.
Trying to make a living doing what I went to school for in a town that is expensive to live in, saturated with designers and penny pinching clients with no money.
Getting involved in a new business venture and watching it fail in three months time and having to pick up the pieces after losing a lot of time and money.
Learning new skills to increase my chances of survival.
Sitting in front of a computer workin' my okole off. Which would include client based projects as well as my own (Podcasting, redesigning my website, networking and recreating my business from scratch.)
I wish I could say surfin' and other forms of art but even they taken the very backseat to work.
Days and days of cold rainy weather, feeling like crap, being broke and filled with sadness.

The list could go on and on but I think y'all get the picture. Please don't get me wrong Folks, I don't want to sound like a negative Nelly and i definatly don't want pity, but it has been a pretty tough couple of years for ol Chongolio. During this time I kept trying to remind self of other TC members and people in general who have had much greater and deeper losses happen to them. But it's hard to be positive when life keeps sucker punching you in the belly.
The good news is I am on the upswing. I am getting through it all and my toes are tappin' again. I have one of the greatest families a dude could ask for and have found a nice quiet place to live that is much cheaper, private and spacious than anywhere I have lived since moving to Santa Cruz county. I am now about four miles from my studio as opposed to the 20 miles I was driving before. I won some contest that involved designing a mug which was the one of the coolest things that ever happend to me. All the postive feedback from the TC Ohana really helped to lift my spirits when I was feeling pretty bummed out. Anyway, carvin', surfin' and the fun stuff are gonna be there for me once I get my plate cleared and that should be in the very near future. The sun has come out and my spirits are liftin' Thanks for lettin' me vent.
Your pal,


Stoke & Flow

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2393
From: So FL
Posted: 2006-05-01 1:29 pm   Permalink

What keeps me carvin'

1. Smashing the chisels with a hammer! AAAAAHHHHH - Release.
2. Working on the computer all day.
3. Working in the garage is better than watching TV at night!!
4. The lack of surf in South Florida.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7917
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2006-05-01 9:35 pm   Permalink

Building Tiki Bars...

The 3rd dimensia...

And, knowing Crazy Al ( in a personal way!!! xoxoxo hunny!)

(Someone needs to come up with a Tiki Carvers Yellow Pages)


Bamboo Ben
Tiki Bars I've designed/built. TikiCat, Royal Hawaiian, Kona Club, Frankie's Tiki Room, Pacific Seas, Don the Beachcomber,Forbidden Island, Kon Tiki Tucson, Tiki No,etc....

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4284
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2006-05-01 10:51 pm   Permalink


On 2006-04-30 15:38, congatiki wrote:
Most of the above mentioned...and...Tiki Central!

Especially TC! I spend way too much time on here!

For me it is also still living at home because I only finished studying last year and have no money. I have anal parents who watch over my shoulder whenever i do anything. The fact that my step-dad is also an OH&S officer means he is obsessed with anything involving anything sharp and my mum is a neat freak. All in all not a great environment for carving. "why are you doing that? Why don't you do this? If you've got time to do that you've got time to help me with this..."

Also having a girlfriend, cause as soon as dinners over Im off to her place (also largely to escpae my folks).

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 23, 2005
Posts: 440
From: Kailua, Hawaii
Posted: 2006-05-02 01:06 am   Permalink

My reasons not to carve:

1. It's ALWAYS 85 degrees and the surf is always good.
2. Busted my power chisel. It's in Australia getting fixed.
3. Busted my new Foredom's (not-so-) flexible shaft. Get a new one tomorrow.
4. Busted my lower back trying to carve Octuplet Coconut stump Tikis with my chain saw (They'll go around my banana patch). The 8 "little darlings" were too heavy to lift, so I had to carve leaning over. OW @%$#@@#! !
5. The 4-part-harmony voices in my head told me to go to the beach because.............
6. It's ALWAYS 85 degrees and the surf is always good.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2006-05-02 05:19 am   Permalink

Reasons not to carve:

1. I vowed to my Wahine to get the yard ready for entertaining many Ohana ie; waterfall/pond/Hut/Bar/BBQ Hut/ Landscaping/ Second storage shed/ Convert garage into child's bedroom. Almost done!

2. Surf is coming (Huricane or at least tropical low pressure cells!)

3. Wahine misses me when I carve (seclusion can be found on the "side yard". The place nobody but me goes. Outing Tikis is dangerous for little ones to see).

Chongo, I feel ya brother. Brighter days coming ya. Our thoughts are with you.


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 04, 2005
Posts: 541
From: Boca Raton, FL
Posted: 2006-05-02 05:37 am   Permalink

Reasons I carve:

My wahine and I spend time together carving instead of watching TV.

I get to meet other carvers to share ideas, and learn from.

I love sweeping up piles and piles of wood chips.

I love staggering into the garage at night and getting a splinter stuck in my foot. I made that splinter and by golly, it if its gonna bite me, thats ok.

#1 reason: I find it very gratifying to make something from nothing and love watching and partaking in the process. When its all done, I smile knowing I made it.

"He who does anything because it is the custom makes no choice."

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 21, 2004
Posts: 1513
From: calgary
Posted: 2006-05-02 11:21 am   Permalink

Reasons to carve:

Like many of you I love making something from nothing.
Its a great stress relief.
I love making a huge mess of my garage.
Its cheaper than building a hotrod and less expensive.
The kind words of encouragement and tips and criticism that is given with no ill malice by all of you!!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 23, 2005
Posts: 1693
From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2006-05-06 03:48 am   Permalink

What keeps me from carving

Kids -good reason
Wife -good reason- she's the best thing to happen to me
Tiki Central - Like Hewey, I also spend a lot of time here
Tired from work
Right now, lack of good logs
Getting the house ready to sell
Looking for a job because my company is bankrupt

What keeps me carving


The feeling of taking a piece of wood and seeing something climb out of it, besides bugs.

Tiki Central inspiration-the talent and creativity here is amazing. Thank you all for sharing your work. Keep it up. I started carving because of this site.


Stress reduction- There is nothing like ripping sawdust from a log with a loud chainsaw to clear your mind and keep you focused

It is a way I can afford to get tiki items

I like this thread, it is a way to get to know more about the other members, I hope it continues.

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