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Polynesiac Carving a Tiki for GEICO on SUNDANCE!! Pg 7
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10397
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-05-20 7:48 pm   Permalink

Poly, Nicce Stuff, you gonna do more?

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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2094
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2009-05-22 09:36 am   Permalink

Thanks my friends for the nice comments on the non-tiki haida carving. I do apologize about the tardiness of my replies.

conga, seeks - thanks guys! when I thought about posting this, I hoped the 2 of you would stop by! The entire pacific rim has some amazing artistic styles. I'd like to try my hand at all of them one day. Thank you very much for your kind responses.

Freddie - thanks bro! how's the little tang doin?

Queen K - thank you for the post. After I painted it up, it just looked too bright, fresh and new! I think the aging makes it look more authentic and original. I'm glad you feel the same way!

Lake, Matt - thanks for stopping by. I too think it's good to dabble here and there. I believe it helps you grow not only as an artist, but as an individual as well.

Ben - great to hear from you! I hope to carve some more. I think I'll wait on the totems for a bit, but there are lots of great designs of orcas, salmon and whales I'd like to try my hand at. The North Coast art really reminds me of Maori designs. Not, of course, with the subject matter, but in the attention to detail and the symbolic meanings of the figures.

The auction folks still haven't told me how much it went for, but they did say that it was one of the few auction items that had multiple bids! That makes me feel good!

Thanks everyone for stopping by and taking a peek into my carving world!

OMG! I'm on Instagram!

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The Sperm Whale
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Joined: Aug 23, 2004
Posts: 1553
From: Lakewood California
Posted: 2009-05-22 10:03 am   Permalink

I'm late to the party here but I do want to say I am loving this piece!! Rock On Jim!

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Joined: May 11, 2004
Posts: 2061
From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2009-06-01 1:13 pm   Permalink

Nice carve Poly!

I did a couple of American Indian pieces a long time ago and I found that it didn't seem all that much different than what we usually do.

Let's see more!
Please visit my new website,
Leeward Lounge Ukuleles

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Joined: May 05, 2004
Posts: 214
From: Ventura, Ca
Posted: 2009-06-01 4:01 pm   Permalink

Dude, Sweet!!!

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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2094
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2011-11-16 10:32 am   Permalink

Itís been a while since my last post and thought I would throw up a few images of some of the tikis Iíve done since 2009!

Weíll start way back at my donation for Mariepalooza, I carved this one from a 4x4 redwood scrap:


The tiki was based on the tiki from the awesome flier Doug Horne put together for the event. Anybody know who got it?

Next weíll head over to a mask that I donated to another fund raiser:

The mask you may have seen before, I carved it a while ago basing it on the face of the tiki that graces the grounds of the Hanalei hotel in San Diego. I thought it needed a frame and I think it looks much better.

Next up, we have two Hawaiian based tikis. Iím not sure if I ever shared this one, but I carved it a while ago for my neighbor. He wanted to keep it without stain, so it would turn that cool light grey color as it weathered outdoors.

The second Hawaiian style tiki Iíve shared before, but not in itís finished state:

Iím honored that this one was added to the collection of two well-known tikicentralites.

This is a sign I made for the Gilligans Island art show a ways back:

Iím (very) slowly moving into the direction of carving more signs, rather than the big palm tikis. Iím not sure what happened to this piece.

I still make lights on occasion, and this is the most recent style that Iíve been working on:

I call this one my ďBeachcomberĒ lamps.

I had the pleasure and honor of carving and casting the official event pendant for the incredible Rincon Roomís Adventure in Paradise party:

This was a really fun and challenging pendant for me to do. It was the first time that I casted pendants with negative space (the opening between the arms). I think it came out looking pretty swanky. Each one is hand painted and has twine around the base. I think I only made 50 of these.

These next couple of shots are of the most recent things Iíve completed. The first is a tangaroa style table lamp.

Heís carved from a 4x4 redwood scrap with a redwood scrap base. As he is the fishermanís god, I carved fish on the side of the base (canít see that in the pictures), and put some fishing netting in his hands (with little cork floats!) as though he was about to enter the water to catch dinner. I also thought it would be neat to add a ďglassĒ fishing float to the net and make it light up! Hereís a closup of the lighted fishing float:

The lighted fishing float is on a separate circuit from the main lamp and has a battery powered LED in it that can be turned on and off from a switch in the back.

The last photo is a work in progress photo of my new carving space:

My wife and I bought our first house about a year ago and we are finally just settling in. Boxes are finally gone and the garage is getting a proper tiki makeover, as is our guest bedroom and yard (which is currently all concrete that will be removed very soon!). Itís slow going, but it will be done eventually.

Mahalo for peeking in and be on the lookout for this years tiki holiday ornaments right after thanksgiving!


OMG! I'm on Instagram!

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Joined: Dec 22, 2010
Posts: 496
Posted: 2011-11-16 11:49 am   Permalink

Wow great update! Everything is looking awesome. And congrats on the new house...post some pics of the TIKI makeover when complete!

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Joined: Aug 09, 2011
Posts: 125
From: Daytuna Beach
Posted: 2011-11-16 1:29 pm   Permalink

Crazy good stuff!!

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Jungle Trader
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Joined: Jan 04, 2003
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2011-11-16 3:09 pm   Permalink

Nice Mr. Jim, Nice!

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Joined: Jan 05, 2003
Posts: 1195
From: Texas Tikiland
Posted: 2011-11-16 3:15 pm   Permalink

Have always enjoyed your carving style - great stuff!

& I am LOVING that lamp with the little light up fish float!!! All kinds of AWESOME!

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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
Posts: 3414
From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2011-11-16 3:41 pm   Permalink

All top notch work Jim.

You've got one of my favorite carving styles, and I've always admired your work.
A taste of classic "Kona Style" carving and a real eye for finishing, which gives your work a wonderful aged look.

Great variety in your pieces, and great sign work! I have always enjoyed making signs also, they are a nice break from carving idols, and don't take up as much room when you're working on them!

The Tangaroa lamp is really something special. Not only a well carved idol, but the addition of the light up float is awesome. A well thought out "theme" piece that is so much more then just a tiki.

Congrats on the house, and have fun with all the remodel work! Looking forward to your future work!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Dec 28, 2007
Posts: 235
From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2011-11-16 4:11 pm   Permalink

Nice work. They all look good but that lamp kicks ass.

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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
Posts: 1492
From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2011-11-16 8:52 pm   Permalink

Very much like the castings Polynesiac-that seems like it would be a fun process. I have to agree with the rest the fisherman lamp is a 10.

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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2011-11-17 03:20 am   Permalink

Simply Brilliant Works....All of them!

Thanks for sharing and Welcome back!



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Joined: Jun 01, 2009
Posts: 2379
From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2011-11-17 04:48 am   Permalink

wow man!

very cool!

that little tiki bar deal you've got going is killer.

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