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Polynesiac Carving a Tiki for GEICO on SUNDANCE!! Pg 7
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Joined: Jan 05, 2003
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From: Texas Tikiland
Posted: 2013-07-03 6:13 pm   Permalink

WOW! That's awesome & your workshop looks great, too. Very cool, Polynesiac!!!

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Joined: Aug 05, 2011
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From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2013-07-03 7:33 pm   Permalink

Very cool, congratulations!

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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-07-03 8:56 pm   Permalink

That was fun!

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Joined: Dec 31, 2005
Posts: 688
From: Suburban San Diego (The Drawer)
Posted: 2013-07-03 9:04 pm   Permalink

But what would you do for a Klondike Bar?

Good to see you back at it!

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Atomic Mess
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Joined: Apr 13, 2012
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From: Hack-Ah-Nee
Posted: 2013-07-04 02:46 am   Permalink

Great vid, I love your workshop, 'Inspiration Point' is very apt!

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Will carve
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Joined: Apr 06, 2011
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From: Ft. Lauderdale Fl.
Posted: 2013-07-04 05:10 am   Permalink

Cool beans.
When everybody sees that
you could start a trend.

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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
Posts: 1492
From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2013-07-04 09:05 am   Permalink

You're a natural Polynesiac, great video and work space!

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Joined: Jun 01, 2009
Posts: 2379
From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2013-07-05 10:12 am   Permalink

very cool bro!

a star is born...

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Joined: Oct 03, 2009
Posts: 986
Posted: 2013-07-06 08:35 am   Permalink

First you carve one in an hour and now you're down to 15 minutes...You're killing me !

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Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1799
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-07-08 08:15 am   Permalink


Love the commercial. Downloaded it.

Nice use of the GraLab timer, by the way.

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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2094
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2013-07-08 8:11 pm   Permalink

Aloha friends!

Sorry to post and run like I did. Thank you so much for stopping by, for the props and viewing the video.

Heath - I loved those commercials! I still have the jingle stuck in my head....and yes. I just might carve a tiki for a Klondike bar...if it was hot enough!

5150 - I hear the Florida press is loving your style too...

amate - next up... 30 seconds!!!!

Hale - the crew brought the clock and it was cool to see them use it.

Thought I would add a few more pictures of the day!

This was really my first experience with film since I was in college (and when I would bomb through film shoots on my bike when I was a bike messenger) and it was a fantastic one. Everyone I worked with was SUPER nice and absolutely amazing at their craft. True artists, all of them and I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with them.

When I was contacted about doing the piece, I wasn't sure about the design I wanted to go with. I ended up carving two and I did a speed carve to keep them raw, organic, and (hopefully) exactly like the one I would do on film. The first one is an obvious bumatay influenced piece. He stands at about 1.5 feet:

I didn't do anything other than carve this guy - no sanding, stain or finishing.

The second design I went with was a playful '60s Hawaiian inspired piece

This one also stands at about 1.5 feet and is also without any "finishing". For the filming I decided to go with a more traditionally "known" style, rather than a more obscure style that only purists would recognize as a tiki.

Here's a couple more images of the day:

I am glad that they incorporated some of the other scenes they shot while at Inspiration Point. It's nice to showcase the 15 minute tiki, but I think it was super cool of them to throw in a few shots of some of my other carvings that took a lot longer than 15 minutes (this is a 4.5 foot cannibal carving - and no, not the one for the art trade! )

and finally the one of some dude hanging at Inspiration Point!


OMG! I'm on Instagram!

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11594
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-07-08 10:38 pm   Permalink

Good one! Short and sweet, congrats!

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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
Posts: 1644
From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2013-07-18 8:25 pm   Permalink

Just saw the commercial. Friggin awesome!!!!!!!!!

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