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Moai Kavakava figure
Capt'n Skully
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Joined: May 28, 2005
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From: The Lost Lagoon
Posted: 2009-08-03 1:01 pm   Permalink

Ahoy All~

Loooong time since I've posted, but the chisels haven't been quite as dormant.. Here are some pics of a recently finalizing Kavakava figure. He stands approximately 8 inches tall, carved from Mahogany..

From wikipedia:
These figures originate from Rapa Nui (Easter Island). The name Moai kavakava is formed from moai for the monumental monolithic human figures found on Easter Island and the word kavakava meaning ribs. Little is known about the cultural context of these figures although they are generally considered to be representations of ancestors. It is believed these figures were worn hanging around the neck of the men who took part in the ritual dances during public ceremonies.


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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-08-03 1:45 pm   Permalink

ooh, nice figure. In the first photo, it even looks authentically old... great job. Flawless!

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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2009-08-03 1:59 pm   Permalink

Great Kava Kava. Your homework paid-off in a wonderful piece, congratulations!

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Mr. NoNaMe
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Joined: May 10, 2006
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Posted: 2009-08-03 5:39 pm   Permalink

Argghhhh, Capt'n, fine workmanship Sir!

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Joined: Feb 04, 2009
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From: Metz Lorraine France
Posted: 2009-08-03 8:48 pm   Permalink

During summer where I taking my time, enjoying the sun, et cetera, the others working! Here I am doubled in beauty! The sun is so rare here that mine sleep a little ...

Very nice carve Capt'n'Skully! I will try to do as well...


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Aaron's Akua
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Joined: Jul 09, 2004
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2009-08-03 9:36 pm   Permalink

Skully, good to see and hear from you. The kavakava is one of the strangest, creepiest, and thus of course coolest tiki figures around. You've pulled him off to a "T"!

"Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness."
-Pablo Picasso

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Joined: Jun 02, 2007
Posts: 98
From: Berlin, Germany
Posted: 2009-08-03 11:24 pm   Permalink

Your carving is looking so incredibly authentic...wow! For me this a 10 out of 10.

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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-08-04 07:21 am   Permalink

Most Excellent Kava-Kava guy Skully, How did you DO that? That piece takes Utmost skill and care as well as Daring to do it in the first place. You have been Practicing in your absence I can tell and this piece Shows it. Very Well done so far! How you going to finish him?


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Basement Kahuna
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2009-08-04 12:36 pm   Permalink

Damn, Skully...you know-I've always wanted to carve one of those but you beat me to it! Very dead-on job. Nice work!
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Joined: Sep 26, 2006
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From: BA Arg
Posted: 2009-08-08 1:28 pm   Permalink

Wow, amazing carving, perfect!

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Joined: Jun 10, 2007
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From: Northern Virginia
Posted: 2009-08-08 3:47 pm   Permalink

Man, you did such a great job on that kavakava figure. I want to try one of those too one day. I like how you did the ear plugs.


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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2009-08-10 06:06 am   Permalink

Great work! Glad someone finally tackled this, and as a reproduction. Fanrasric!

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Joined: Aug 17, 2007
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From: Lake Conroe Texas
Posted: 2009-08-10 08:50 am   Permalink

Holy Crap!! That is awesome.

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Joined: Jul 10, 2008
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From: Garden Grove CA
Posted: 2009-08-14 9:52 pm   Permalink

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big daddy
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Joined: Oct 02, 2008
Posts: 325
From: houston
Posted: 2009-08-14 10:05 pm   Permalink

eye capt! it is a beautiful carve. will you be oiling up the old man or staining? can't wait to see what you decide to do.


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