||NEW Benzart Black Jade Marq 3-6-14
Joined: Nov 10, 2006
From: La Mesa, CA
|Posted: 2010-04-12 7:54 pm  Permalink|
I remember this mean little mutha!
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Joined: Jun 01, 2004
From: wisconsin northwoods
|Posted: 2010-04-13 07:21 am  Permalink|
Beautiful Lono Benz. Great to see you working wood again. Always
love your BenzLonoz.
Spending the week in Tennessee near Townsend, brings back memories
Joined: Oct 21, 2008
|Posted: 2010-04-16 06:06 am  Permalink|
Been readin up on about 8 pages of amazing cool stuff you keep making in all these disciplines.
Glad to be back if only for seeing your latest.
Joined: Oct 05, 2005
|Posted: 2010-04-18 12:59 am  Permalink|
curly lono! he's always been my favorite, even unfinished. congrats ben on finishing an epic carve. the bone maori warrior is stunning too.
Grand Member (7 years)
Joined: Mar 30, 2008
From: The Anvil of the Sun
|Posted: 2010-04-18 09:23 am  Permalink|
That Lono is no fear, no doubt, all in, and balls out!!!!
Does mahogany grow in FL or did you have to import it?
Joined: Sep 27, 2004
From: So FL
|Posted: 2010-04-18 2:43 pm  Permalink|
Mike and others - Mahogany does grow down here. A few years ago I scored a nice haul (Benz and some others picked up some too) when a shopping center clear cut their parking lot. I filled my truck! I've only just begun to carve what I have. Ben has a pretty nice stash of wood and many other materials in his workshop. That log came from another source.
Joined: Aug 28, 2008
|Posted: 2010-04-18 4:30 pm  Permalink|
Amazing lono, that headdress must've taken some time. Cool original design in it too.
Joined: Feb 28, 2006
|Posted: 2010-04-20 3:26 pm  Permalink|
Benz, that lono has to be one of my favorites! Give yourself a big pat on the back
Joined: Mar 20, 2008
|Posted: 2010-04-20 5:01 pm  Permalink|
Ben-Awesome work on the lono that headdress is insane!Cheers Watango
Joined: Jan 09, 2004
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
|Posted: 2010-05-09 7:20 pm  Permalink|
WOW, I don't think I have Ever been away this long, Too long and I'm Happy to be back. Just been Lazy and without a laptop it was too hard but now that is fixed and I'm back in business. Haven't even been carving much at all and I have tons of stuff to do.
Babalu, thanks,, Glad the "Fix Worked., thanks for the vizit!
Clarita, Thanks, I think you would even like just the wood chips??
tikigodz, thanks too, I've been working on that guy for Years and lots of TCr's have watched him be bornGlad you like him too.
Tom, thanks, C'mon up, yeah you've been lusting for this one for awhile hey?
Hewey, Long time it's been, Thanks for the props mate!
Jerome, Yes Finally the Lono gets his final sanding and several coats of lacquer, then the ivories finally received their final polish and cords and the Kokopu Moai finally got a fez and cord.Glad you liked them, I'll post final photos soon!
Thanks Amate, Happy you like him.
Tiki65, Thanks for the props my friend, I Love finding unusually shaped media, it is challenging to get what you want out of it. Say to Tim?
Hey Swank. this Mahogany came from either one of the hurricanes we had or from a parking lot clear-cut comp's of Aloha Station a few years ago. Yes it is the Same one I've been working on for a Long long time. I Might have a six inch piece I can part with, I'll look,, you gonna be at Hukilau?
His finish is total clear semi-gloss spray lacquer, Cabots brand. At least 6 coats, sanding between each coat with a 320 grit sanding mop from /klingspores Woodworking..
Hey Thanks Creative Chimp,,for all the kind words and praise, I appreciate your thoughtfulness. Yes I've thought about a book but not much, it's beyond my capabilities..
Seeks, Thanks for that as I consider your Lono to be about as Perfect as one could get and far beyond my skills and in fact YOURS has been an inspiration to me too! Funny how a piece hanging around so long touches so many people and at the same time I get inspired by Many different pieces along the way. Thanks Seeks.
Benella, thanks for your long time continued support from half way around the world, I appreciate your comps.
Thanks Beachbumz, glad you like him.. I guess I'm gonna have to try to figure out a way to do a book.
Bows, Thanks, I guess he's been around long enough for the dads and their kids to know him. Thanks for the props.
Conga,Thanks and it Does feel great to get some sawdust and chips in the air, it's like working for 3 bosses and they all want to be #1 and the wood guy carries the biggest stick! Yeah, Coontiki!
Grapa Ruha, Thanks a bunch,,see the above, while it's fun and interesting it is demanding and the support from peeps like you and everyone else here make it worthwhile.
Bullet,,, Thanks big time for your props and support too, glad you liked the bonez too!
MadDogMike, Thanks for the Cool Props. This IS called Florida Mahogany a close cousin to the Beautiful Cuban Mahogany. It only comes around from Storm damage or construction clearing as it is considered an ornamental tree. Thanks.
Thanks Aloha, come to think of it it did come from the hurricanes, I thought not but he had already been around awhile when your parking lot came down.. Thanks.
Badd Tiki yeah, the headdress was a snap,,,, for about 3 years worth!! Thanks for the kind words
Thanks T-Terrace, I'm happy you have been around long enough to see this guy happen..
Thanks Watango I've Worked on it enough it Should be done and I should be the Insane one!
Thanks again to everyone and for all the props and comps. I pretty much believe he is my last Bigbenzart as the big guys and bigger tools are getting too tough for me to use. In Still have LOTs of Wood to carve but in the smaller shapes. Thanks again.
[ This Message was edited by: Benzart 2010-05-11 07:35 ]
Joined: Jul 09, 2006
|Posted: 2010-05-10 04:25 am  Permalink|
What did you have for breakfast yesterday ???
Thanks for the thoughts.
Joined: Oct 05, 2005
|Posted: 2010-05-10 6:03 pm  Permalink|
say it ain't so, ben!
On 2010-05-09 19:20, Benzart wrote:I pretty much believe he is my last Bigbenzart as the big guys and bigger tools are getting too tough for me to use.
whew, that's good to hear!
On 2010-05-09 19:20, Benzart wrote:Still have LOTs of Wood to carve but in the smaller shapes
bangin' my slit gong drum until the cops come!
Joined: Feb 27, 2006
From: Fabulous Houston
|Posted: 2010-05-11 2:16 pm  Permalink|
Hey Ben, love all your latest stuff. You have truly been a carving maniac this spring. Looks like I've been missing out on some great stuff.
Don't the power chisels help you on the big stuff? I don't have one yet, but I was hoping something like the arbortech power chisel would ease some wear and tear on my shoulder.
Joined: Jan 09, 2004
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
|Posted: 2010-05-13 10:55 pm  Permalink|
Thanks Plugger,, Wheaties of course~
No Worries Bullet, I Have lots of wood left to carve, just not Large pieces. Thanks..
The Big T, Glad you like the stuff aand I'm sure there will be more.Appreciate the props, Cheers.
Heres some left from the Bold Hype
Here are some progress shots of a new Lono Pendant. He's about 4 inches tall made from Mahogany.
Can't say yet exactly when he will be done but soon..Cheers
Joined: Sep 27, 2007
From: Buckley, WA
|Posted: 2010-05-14 3:44 pm  Permalink|
Love those lono's. In fact when i think Lono you come to mind?