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The Green Sawmill giant tikis
Tahitiki
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Joined: Jun 11, 2004
Posts: 324
From: San Jose
Posted: 2010-08-25 07:47 am   Permalink

I think this is Redwood, such a nice grain at this scale, I haven't found out the name of the carver, i'll post it if I ever find it. There site has no information at all, so if one of you guys lives by San Mateo, please go there and take more pict, it would be nice to have pict of the back of these amazing giants.
About the beach thing, I've heard there was some sort of surf contest that day in Pacifica, that's all I have.
I'm glad you guys are enjoying these as much as I have.
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drasticwagon
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Joined: Dec 27, 2008
Posts: 263
From: DFW , Texas
Posted: 2010-08-26 05:02 am   Permalink

From their FB -
The Green Sawmill
His name is Sione TUI'ONE Pulotu his skills with a chain saw and chisels is unmatched. I watched this 72 ear old man work for 12 hours a day nonstop for several days as made my dream of a giant TIKI made out of a tree which had to be remov...ed from the urban forest into these pieces. This man is filled with joy as he worked at what he loves to do... CARVE! He has incredibly vision through solid pieces of wood...he is the most gifted person I've every had the pleasure to meet...he is one of a kind and his Aloha spirit is phenomenal. I hope to have him back at The Green Sawmill soon to do more piece for the world to enjoy! Mahalo Bill See More


 
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Tahitiki
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Joined: Jun 11, 2004
Posts: 324
From: San Jose
Posted: 2010-08-26 08:18 am   Permalink

Here is some articles about him:

http://kealakai.byuh.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2479&Itemid=78

http://www.polynesia.com/iosepa/iosepa-voyaging-canoe.html

http://www.polynesia.com/newsletters/Feb2005.html#Treasure

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/Jan/16/ln/ln19p.html


Some picts of a canoe here worked on: http://nanilaie.info/?p=343

a video of him: http://www.digitalsports.com/video/artid/53339/type/organization/typeid/0/pos/10/id/1816934.aspx

and a little bio:
Sione Tui'one Pulotu. A self-taught woodcarver who is the principal builder of the Polynesian Cultural Center's Hawaiian Village, which includes the pili grass thatching roofs, once considered a lost art form. Born in Lifuka, Ha'apai, Tonga, Pulotu has crafted different canoes representing every Polynesian society at PCC. His highly intricate tiki carvings as well as other wood works are displayed throughout the cultural center and state. In 1964, he assisted Brother Ortho Fairbanks in making the duplicate statue of Kamehameha on display in Washington, D.C. In 1999, he was commissioned to build a 105-foot-long canoe named "Mileniume" by Tonga's King Tupou. In 2000, he was commissioned to build the 57-foot-long Wa'a Kaulua Hawaiian canoe named "Iosepa" for BYU-H
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buzzard
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Joined: Jan 26, 2008
Posts: 237
From: whetstone,az
Posted: 2010-08-26 09:37 am   Permalink

man i think the girls have been lying all this time

SIZE DOES MATTER!

WONDER IF HE USES MY MARGARITA POWERED TIKI LIFT?


 
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TikiG
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
Posts: 1535
From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2010-08-26 09:44 am   Permalink

Sione Tui'one Pulotu deserves to be properly documented by the tiki community...

I'd love to see a historical overview of Sione's career printed in - oh I don't know - TIKI MAGAZINE?!!??

Nick??


 
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coconuttzo
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Joined: Jan 13, 2010
Posts: 144
From: Hilo, Hawaii
Posted: 2010-08-26 2:23 pm   Permalink

I thought he looked Tongan. Hey, my mom is from Ha'apai, Tonga also. I wonder if Sione's related. That would be cool!

 
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drasticwagon
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Joined: Dec 27, 2008
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From: DFW , Texas
Posted: 2010-08-26 4:33 pm   Permalink

What a great man! Thanks for the new info as well. After my trip to The Big Island last week I have a stronger curiosity and deeper appreciation for the roots of the culture and native carvers. What a great man and what a great life he has experienced and gave back too many. Much love to this remarkable man.

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crazy al
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Joined: Jun 25, 2002
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From: CA
Posted: 2010-08-26 5:06 pm   Permalink

i like the guy carving make me look like a pussie with a capital P...... i complain if the log is 6 ft! where the F is the location??

 
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crazy al
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From: CA
Posted: 2010-08-26 5:08 pm   Permalink

Otto must have this guy at Oasis to be worshiped.

Benz is no longer the elder in the tribe...... 71???????

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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10364
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2010-08-26 7:12 pm   Permalink

Yeah,,71???? Awesome stuff and a Master for sure. A 100 FOOT Canoe??
71 Even?? Surely there's peeps older than 65, I'm still just a Baby. Get this guy a chair, he's making us ALL Look like beginners.. Well done
Sione Tui'one Pulotu, Welcome to TC, Come on in and Sign up!!

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jpmartdog
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Joined: Mar 27, 2005
Posts: 650
From: Amesbury, Mass
Posted: 2010-08-26 8:20 pm   Permalink

Awe-inspiring. The size, the detail, the proportion, the wood = magnificence & legend

 
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hottiki
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Joined: Jul 10, 2008
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From: Garden Grove CA
Posted: 2010-08-26 10:27 pm   Permalink

Spent part of this hot afternoon burying all my carving tools in the backyard. Was going to see if Maverick still had the number to that truck driving school. While cooling off with some ice tea I did some research on the new carver story posting. I found that Sione Tui'one Pulotu is not a new carver. At 71 he's been carving over 40 years and in 2005 was made A National Treasure of Hawaii. I think he carved Hawaii or at least a large part of it. I am looking forward to learning more about the man and his art. It is a good day when you find news that is uplifting

 
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Watango productions
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Joined: Mar 20, 2008
Posts: 471
From: Melb,Australia.
Posted: 2011-06-22 12:53 am   Permalink


MAN!!!!!!,Had to bring these carvn's back just in case any new
guys to TC were miss'n out on this guy's awesome work,check the Lono lay'n
down.I can only imagine how kool this badboy would look upright!


 
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Trader Mitch
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Joined: Mar 16, 2011
Posts: 28
From: Lake Forest Park, WA
Posted: 2011-06-22 06:57 am   Permalink

check it out. 16 ft tall!




 
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Watango productions
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From: Melb,Australia.
Posted: 2011-06-24 3:59 pm   Permalink


Trader MITCH,thanks for the photo,I'm fly'n over with a sail and a rudder
and I'll ride that badboy home Thor style.Cheers Watango


 
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