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A couple more weapons
Cljha
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Posted: 2012-11-07 10:08 am   Permalink

Hi Nutzo,

Not a lot to show but quality wise it is more than plenty enough . All of them are eyes candy...My favorite is the hook in the first picture...
Thanks for sharing. Don't stay too long without showing some more work....



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Atomic Mess
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Posted: 2012-11-07 11:25 am   Permalink

like Cljha says, quality not quantity!

Excellent work...


 
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cy
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Posted: 2012-11-08 4:22 pm   Permalink

Beautiful work coconuttzo, the tiki adorned fish hook is fantastic!

 
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coconuttzo
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Posted: 2012-11-19 4:03 pm   Permalink

Thanx for the compliments & suggestions. I don't know why I even second guessed the staining. The intricate details always POP much better at a quick glance than being unstained.











Here is another Ku head I'm making out of Wooly mammoth ivory. These intricate details really take a toll on the hand muscles. I don't know how the master, Benzo does it. Are there any yoga exercises for your hands that I don't know about?



Here's a problem I always run into when working with mammoth ivory. I notice that the ivory I work with are not comletely solid but have a few layer seperation within. How do I fix the ivory so that the cracks don't expand any further. I've heard of super gluing the crack but won't that only treat the surface? I've done that on other pieces which have to be sanded down for buffing, only by then, they're too thin to seal the seam which cracks again. I wonder if the grade of ivory makes a difference meaning top grade would be solid throughout with minimal surface cracks only & the ones I have are like substandard grade.



Finishing off with more Hawaiian Weapons of Lua. I am learning some Lua techniques from a friend of mines who suggested I make these type of pendants. Ancient Hawaiian Lua warriors were vicious in the art of war. I was told that the main purpose of the shark teeth in the weapons served as slicing or severing arteries type of implements & not for slash clubbing as depicted in Spike tv's deadliest warrior episode, Shaolin Monk vs. Maori.




The Lei o Mano's broad side, like the Hoe(canoe paddle), was used as a deffensive shield which doubled as a counter attack weapon. Some had a sharp spike at the butt end as to impale the opposition.









Here is a Pahoa 'Oilua o Mano, double edged dagger with shark teeth knuckle duster. The life-sized dagger points are either carved out of the same wood or lashed with a sharp marlin bill. This blade however, I used wooly mammoth ivory. The patina actually makes it look like a marlin bill. I've used this pendant's teeth to cut a piece of cloth, paper, fishing line and twine & the dagger, as a letter opener. It's like an ancient muti-tool survival knife.









I really like the look of this Koa'ia wood which is pretty hard wood. I just wish I had a mini grinder to grind these small pieces. Being that this is hard wood, hand rasping them down takes a lot of elbow grease & patience, two things I don't have a lot of.



 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2012-11-19 6:59 pm   Permalink

Excellent work.

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-11-19 7:58 pm   Permalink

Love the ivory and the lei o mano is very cool.
There is a TC member
MajikImaje who lives in Alaska and works with fossil ivory. He hasn't posted in a while but he answers him PMs. Maybe he has the answer to your question.
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4WDtiki
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Posted: 2012-11-19 9:02 pm   Permalink

Wowwowwow!!! SO glad you're carving again, or at least posting what you're carving!
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coconuttzo
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Posted: 2012-11-20 6:47 pm   Permalink

Thanks guys. I appreciate the tip maddogmike. 4WD, you finally made the move! I'll comment on your post.

I've just posted the stained ones and the Hawaiian Lei o Mano weapon in the marketplace. I also listed some tapa sheets for those interested in tiki decor for the winter.

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=36635&forum=12&start=last&11

HAPPY THANXGIVING EVERYONE!

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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2012-11-20 7:29 pm   Permalink

LOOKIN GOOD

 
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4WDtiki
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Posted: 2012-11-20 8:42 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-11-19 16:03, coconuttzo wrote:



Nutzo, I looked at your ebay link for this piece, and see you call it Tahitian. Can you tell me anything regarding a difference between Tahitian tiki and Marquesan tiki? Is Marquesan a 'subset' of Tahitian? Or are they interchangeable terms? Or, what??
Thanks for any clarification you can give.

I LOVE this one, BTW!
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Will carve
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Posted: 2012-11-21 03:49 am   Permalink

Stunning details guy.
I believe Ben relied on surgery to repair
his beat up fingers.
A friend watching me carve the other day
commented about me getting arthritis.
I try not to grip my tools so hard.


 
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amate
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Posted: 2012-11-21 4:39 pm   Permalink

BEAUTIFUL!!! Try to post more often.

The artritis is a bitch...just have to keep going...


 
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coconuttzo
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Posted: 2013-05-30 2:20 pm   Permalink

Wow, it's been awhile. I've been so busy with work that I've hardly had time or been too exhausted to do some actual carving. I'm sorry that I don't have much for show & tell. I've had a couple of commissioned pieces which I took pics of in the middle of the projects but I apparently forgot to take pics of the finished product

The first is a antique elephant ivory cue ball. Client wanted me to do anything tiki themed & I wasn't sure what I'd do so I decided to do a Polynesian tribal tattoo design, to keep the spherical shape intact. This was very hard to do because I was trying to measure out even panels to work within and it is hard to take measurements on a small 2.25" ball.





This honu carving is the opposite side of the first design. I colored some of the carved lines to show what it could look like after staining because it was hard to see the design without color, as you could see from the first. I did eventually carve out the black paint.











I drew this as a guide for me to carve out the tiki face. The dark lines are intended to be carved away. On the opposite side, I did the same face but instead, was flipped upside down.











This is a piece of walrus ivory which had a scrimshaw on it but client wanted me to erase it & make something tiki so I decided on a tiki bust. That hole was for the scrimshaw necklace cord which was a cheap nylon cord. I had to incorporate the
tiki around it & braid a decent durable cord. Too bad I don't have the finished pictures of both of these items. After staining & all, they turned out pretty cool looking.











This is what I am currently working on for the previous client. It's made out of walrus ivory which was cut from a cribbage board. I had to cut off all the drill holes for the score pegs & made this out of the remainder. I still have a bit more to finish it. Hopefully I'll remember to take pics of the finished pendant.













This is one of my favorite weapon pendants I'm most proud of. It's a book match of the last leiomano made from extremely curly Koa. I especially love how light reflects back, revealing the tiger striped curls which cross the grains of the wood.

I was thinking of how soldiers nowadays take their emblems of faith with them to battle as protection & thought the same thing could have happened with Hawaiian Na Koa. I carved a Lono head on the butt end. The eyes are 5mm x 4mm oval, 3mm thick inlaid sperm whale tooth ivory which I cut out of scraps from a previous project(never throw away rare scraps). After carving out the cavity for the inlay, I super glued the eye in. Then I drilled a hole through each eye about 5mm deep & snugly stuck a toothpick which I made of Koa, cut, shaped, sanded, polished & VOILA. I also double lashed the teeth which is the traditional way. Makes it look like a real club. The thing is, this is still considered an actual weapon, those teeth are razor sharp.





I had gone to Oahu a couple months ago & was fortunate to meet Sione Tu'ione Pulotu, the master himself at his home/workshop.
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=37597&forum=7&hilite=pulotu

Coincidentally, my older brother is lucky enough to receive tutelage/apprenticeship from him during free time because he lives about a mile away. When I arrived at his home, he was busy making this masterful base of a Pahu drum.











Looking elsewhere, I saw this guy.











Here he's holding a calabash bowl made from Norfolk Island Pine. He says he roughly carves them out with a chainsaw then sands them down. No lathe was ever used & I believe him because I walked the entire workshop & never seen a lathe anywhere. That's what I call precision.



I have more awesome pics of his projects but I will save them for later & post them on the post featuring him, which I posted the link to earlier.



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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-05-30 2:44 pm   Permalink

Coconuttzo!!! What a coincidence~ just this morning I was admiring the Lei o mano I got from you.
The ivory ball is amazing, I'm sad there is no finished pic The chainsaw bown is incredible too.
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amate
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Posted: 2013-05-31 08:33 am   Permalink

Masterful work by all...

 
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