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Clay Jams - The work of Babalu - updated 10/15 pg1
Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2010-02-24 12:16 pm   Permalink

Hey All,

Let's see...I'm going to show my "newest" work (directly below my writings here) leading down the page towards work I did when I first came on board here on TC.

All the works shown below are now in private collections unless otherwise noted...still, I do custom work upon request...so if you see something that strikes your fancy please let me know I may be able to do something similar.

new edit

wow, I haven't posted inhere in a while...need to catch up.

Here are some pictures of my continuing work with The Mauna Loa Drum mug, the Cobras Fang mug, and my Trophy Head directions...All of these directions have taken quite a bit of my time to work through, but I feel it has been a worthwhile pursuit.

Like all of you, I'm in love with the
Kitsch Escapism that surrounds tiki mugs from the Golden Age of Tiki. I'm also very interested in the cultures and the spiritualism that surround the actual works of art from Polynesia...mostly the drums . I feel my intended combination of the 2 creates more of a "Camp Sensibility" that I am quite fond of.

Custom Cobras Fang Mugs -

Cobra with Gecko







Cobra with young lorikeet







Mauna Loa Drum - custom 1/1











Mauna Loa Drum - 2 limited edition runs (12 & 30) and a few APs







Cobra's Fang Tribute Mug - Limited Edition of 50





A few more Trophy heads -





This is a customed Papua Ooma Mow Mow that I did as a gifty for someone...every square inch on this mug has been altered from the original...I won't be doing many (or any?) like this one again - mucho work on these guys...







Custom hand built Yipwan Drum - The first in a series "Dream of the Asmat".





Papua Ooma Mow Mow Drums - The Gallery Series (still a few available)



1933 Porkster with Babaloon #3







Papua-Ooma-Mow-Mow Drum Mug - a collaboration with Squid - Limited edition run of 40 "a few are still available"



Ooo-Ooo Squidalu Drum Mug #3 - (a collaboration with Squid - Babalu customized)







Squidalu Custom Drums #1 & #2 (a cast collaboration with Squid - Babalu customized)





The Hip Hip Bowl of Paradise













The Mouna Loa Tribute Drum Mug (prototype #2)







PNG Drum - I've done 4 of these like this thus far





The Mouna Loa Tribute Drum Mug (prototype #1)







The Tower









Yipwan Bowl custom - no. 2





The Chop Drum





Yipwan Bowl custom no. 1







Yipwan Drum Mug custom





Yipwan Drum Mug - run of 30 different Mugs plus a few APs





This is me doing my best to ruin one of Squid's Porkers









Did a few of these Trophy Heads...













Kona Platter - (24 inch diameter)









Another PNG Platter...(24" diameter) - still available -







Headhunters Bowl





Cobra Fang #3 prototype



Honu Bowl











PNG Christmas Ornament







Ben's Drum









a Little Lost Tiki - Babalu collaboration - 3 sided PNG mug





lapaki Puka or (the Rabbit Hole bowl)







Cobra Fang #2 prototype





This is the first Drum mug I ever did - PNG





Cobra Fang #1 prototype







Cannibal Bunny











Lapaki Mug - (based on my carving)





Babaloon #1.5 There was a little mix up on whether this was number 1 or 2...I sculpted the othe one first, but I glaze fired this one first to make a show in time, sooo...he's number 1.5 There is no #2 Babaloon...













Babaloon #1







One last up date to go....coming soon

Ok, next are these 5 Birds of Paradise Mugs







A mug for Paipo - (Piapo's "Creature" carving shown below too)







a few mugs done for a TC trade



here is another TC trade mug - a custom 2 headed Man of War







here is a cast mug that I did as a give away for Chop folks...many different flavors...I even heard through the gapevine that someone brought one at a Thrifty... Now, that's kind-a cool...











when I first came onto TC I was carving...

Lapaki #2





Lapaki #1





I built this alter for my daughter's wedding: here is how this little fairy tale at the Bali Hai played out....The alter is part of my studio now





















Isn't she beautiful!













Well, that's all the work I've done on TC...again, I will post all future newer work that comes down the pipeline at the top of this page.

Thanks for looking -



[ This Message was edited by: Babalu 2010-10-17 11:37 ]

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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2010-02-24 12:19 pm   Permalink

Awesome!
This is great seeing ALL your mad creations at once!
More! More!


 
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TikiG
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Posted: 2010-02-24 12:33 pm   Permalink

Babalu -

Love the Porkster with Babaloon #3...Love all of the drums...Love the Tower...

but damn! the Bowls are to die for, man!! WICKED GREATNESS

Thanks for posting


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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2010-02-24 12:44 pm   Permalink

Seeing our bowl and one of our mugs show up on your thread was super fun. We love your work, Dan and Wendy
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GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2010-02-24 1:31 pm   Permalink

Aw holy crap!

Well, thanks alot for posting all your work in one place, you bastard!

GROG' penis just shrunk to the size of a button.


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TIKIVILLE
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From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2010-02-24 3:29 pm   Permalink

but doesn't having all that skill and product feel kinda empty? lol
You need to share it with the world and I think the joy this will bring could effect climate change and a deeper social understanding of the complex dilema of the over population in our urban areas?!
what I mean is DAMN!
Your work is deep!
someday I hope to own one of your pieces...
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congatiki
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Posted: 2010-02-24 3:37 pm   Permalink

Wow....what a collection. Incredible work Babalu, and that Babaloon is
absolutely NUTS. The PNG drums are in a class by themselves.


 
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kingstiedye
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Posted: 2010-02-25 09:11 am   Permalink

the new babaloon is great! all hail babalu!

 
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Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2010-02-25 6:16 pm   Permalink

Why thank you Kinny - here's some more....

Thanks G...hope you liked that #1 Paupa Ooma Mow Mow

Wendy, you and Dan are the BEST!

Grog - Just think of knuckle dragging hairy women...your problem will go away.

Tikiville - wow, deep is good...thank you man

Conga - you the Man!

Bullet - damn buddy, your going to have to let Babalu come up and see that killer new tiki room of yours sometime!

YAY!!

One more good update and I should have it all up....I can't wait till BenZ , Paipo and BK post You too Kinny...you guys are ALL in for some work. hehe...


 
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Posted: 2010-02-25 6:43 pm   Permalink

any time babs. babaloon 2 is gonna be tough to ever top.

 
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Posted: 2010-02-25 6:47 pm   Permalink

sorry, babaloon 1.5!

 
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Posted: 2010-02-25 6:54 pm   Permalink


one of my favs..Awesome work!!
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Posted: 2010-02-25 7:05 pm   Permalink


Highly creative use of the Pacific symbolism. Very well-crafted and enticing.
The drinkware is incredible. I think my personal favorite is the honu. It's flawless.

I still don't get the tiki-bunnies, but if I have to wade through a few of those to get to that huge amount of amazing work, it's well worth it.

Mahalo for the pics.


 
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Posted: 2010-02-25 11:57 pm   Permalink

OMG, the cannibal bunny is killer.

Babs, it's all awesome. there is so much joy in ur work.
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Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2010-03-01 10:52 am   Permalink

Bullet - thanks man, I'll keep trying

Thanks Kirby - I have to get up there and party with you all sometime soon!

Master Toe - Thanks boss.

Pablus - Hey, thank you very much for the props! Your words made me feel really good.

The Bunnies...yes, I'm not doing much with these lately as my focus has switched...but, let me see if I can explain a little...it all revolves around one little story that has been passed down:

On the island of Kona there stands a mighty carved Ku...it has been said that once a year, when all of the stars are aligned in one particular way, this mighty Ku begins to breath life...when he does, he sets out to find a few wahines to pass the time with - sorry, I can't get more explicit with that on a family forum, but hey you understand.



Well, there was one year back in the early 1960's that this mighty Ku came to life, and the village was empty of wahines...apparently, the whole village had gone out on a big fishing trip. The mighty Ku searched, searched...he searched everywhere until he he came across these "Beauteous Bunny Babes" from Toledo hanging out on the beach...well, one thing lead to another...and, you know...



Rumor has it that all parties involved had a really good time...It's even been said that these Bunny Babes have been taking trips every year to a different island in the Pacific Island chain in hopes to re-create the great time they had. Me, well, I think it's a little silly myself .


 
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