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Roru
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Joined: Jun 26, 2012
Posts: 18
Posted: 2012-06-26 3:55 pm   Permalink

Hi, I am roru, and I carve tikis out of pebbles. I was inspired to do this by seeing the incredible work done by paipo. This is my first post, enjoy the pictures and please give me feedback








This one is inspired by some of my favorite tikis: cannibals! and I really like paipo's skulleater tikis, I hope he is not offended by my adaptation.

please post any design suggestions, my pool of inspiration is somewhat of a small one, and I am afraid my designs are inbreeding... I have about 4 recurring remixes of certain features

Oh, and I also carve hei mautau, although not directly tiki related, I think I'll post a picture anyway:




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hottiki
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Joined: Jul 10, 2008
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From: Garden Grove CA
Posted: 2012-06-27 09:13 am   Permalink

Roru, The stone pendants are wonderful works of art. It would seem at this level of carving that there is a lot more photos of your work. Sure would like to see them! You asked for feedback so I say this, would like to know more of who you are, where you are, where you get the stones, what you use to carve, how long you have been carving, do you do this full time (job/work), do you do your own cording, things of that nature. I will be stopping here often to see what's going on and new. Good Luck with your new Tiki Central time !!!

 
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Roru
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Joined: Jun 26, 2012
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Posted: 2012-06-27 5:45 pm   Permalink

I am 19 years old, and I work as an apprentice cabinet maker. I have no intentions of attending a university because I really want to try to create my own business and live in Hawaii or Costa Rica. I went to Hawaii last year by myself and I really liked it. I would like to live there for sure!

I get my rocks from a local beach. I live in Michigan, there are many rocky beaches here. Between working as a cabinet maker and my computer work, I do not have much time to carve lately. maybe one carving a day, I will post them as I make them

Before I worked so much, I had a preference for carving bone. I had large quantities of cow bone available to me. Here's what remains of those carving, these were carved prior to the onset of my tiki madness...

these guys are in an untangleable snarl..



In order left/right earliest/most recent:

notice that i started by carving the same way you would draw the tikis. I sort of scratched their features in.


I was starting to get the hang of using the shapes of my burs to their advantages, and avoiding situations where the shape was awkward or crude.


the one on the right is the one I carved yesterday. I am getting a lot better at carving within the limitation of my burs, and also using a wide variety of shapes to get what i want.


this is my work area:

I use a foredom carver and I have about 3 million burs





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Roru
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Posted: 2012-06-27 6:42 pm   Permalink

This is yesterday's carving and today's carving (#13 & #14)



today's was a very small one

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hottiki
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From: Garden Grove CA
Posted: 2012-06-27 9:15 pm   Permalink

Roru is really ripping thru the hard stuff, sounds like that's some pretty quick carving...knocking them out everyday...pretty cool !!! The next step is to post them in the Marketplace with prices....by the look of this body of work Hawaii is not that far away !

 
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Roru
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Posted: 2012-06-28 5:35 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the encouragement, hottiki! It would be really cool if I could sell these

I have an interesting box of saltwater shells given to me by my aunt+uncle, they collected them while on vacation. I really like the opalescence and outside textures of certain shells, an I wanted to incorporate one of these strangely textured shells into tiki. Here's # 15!



He is actually very symmetrical, but these photos sort of skew him due to the angle.






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hang10tiki
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2012-06-28 8:33 pm   Permalink

Awesome

 
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Roru
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Posted: 2012-06-29 8:12 pm   Permalink

I made number 16 today! This one has a very interesting tongue, and a new method of attaching the tiki to the cordage. Pretty much exactly the kind of holes you see in netsukes.






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Roru
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Posted: 2012-07-01 4:48 pm   Permalink

The tiki in the post above is now for sale in the marketplace for just $35 USD
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=43276&forum=12&start=last&

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cy
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From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2012-07-04 09:13 am   Permalink

Great work Roru, I sent you a pm a few days ago.

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-07-04 09:21 am   Permalink

Roru, very nice. Keep up the good work and follow your dreams as much as is realistically possible.
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Roru
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Posted: 2012-07-07 1:02 pm   Permalink

After a few long days at my regular job put me out of the carving mood, I finally managed to make #17 and #18!
Enjoy,





I'm really loving this clam shell. It's cool that is looks like nothing interesting when you see it on the beach, but carved up it turns out pretty awesome.

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Whystler
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Posted: 2012-07-07 2:52 pm   Permalink

These are exceptional pieces. Really - REALLY - nice work.

-Whystler


 
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Fish Canoe
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Joined: Jun 25, 2012
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Posted: 2012-07-07 7:30 pm   Permalink

I am surly your target market, and would love to wear one of these. I love the inset bits especially. The pictures are very nicely composed as well. If you were to cut a hole right through one of the stones and stick a skull in that, not even poverty would stop me from wearing it. I feel stylish just looking at pictures of your work, very nice.

 
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Whystler
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Posted: 2012-07-07 7:34 pm   Permalink

Hey Fish Canoe - Be prepared to get excited - look up a bit, there is one with a skull insert!

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