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Raffertiki
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Joined: Oct 31, 2003
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From: L.I.
Posted: 2005-02-21 05:42 am   Permalink

I showed my wife the 1st pic of the really large one. She said, "Nice, but it's really small." Then I scrolled down to the next pic, and she said "Holy..."

Can you give us more details on that one, like height, weight, when, where, and what for?


 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10365
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2005-02-21 11:25 am   Permalink

Hey Raffertiki, That one was carved from a Cypress log and was all heartwood. It was 13 feet high and 3 1/2 feet wide. Joe Dan Osceole , a friend who used to be the Chief of the Florida Seminole tribe, brought me the log one day and asked me if I wanted to carve a tiki from it. I didn't have to think about it too long to say Yes. I worked on it for about 6 months while working on smaller things at the same time. I brought a Lot of customers into the shop. It is Lono, one of the Hawaiian gods and the most difficult headdress to do. It is in Ft lauderdale, at Joe Dans home and this coming hukilau, I may get a group together to visit him and see that and other carvings he has.

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Kono
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Joined: Oct 08, 2003
Posts: 1266
From: Orlando
Posted: 2005-02-22 5:02 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-02-21 11:25, Benzart wrote:
It is Lono, one of the Hawiian gods and the most difficult headdress to do.



Ben, is it the most difficult because it has four vertical vanes (for lack of a better word)? Would four such vanes spaced 90 degrees apart be indicative of a Lono carving?

I am still amazed when I see those massive carvings you did back in the day.
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2005-02-22 7:41 pm   Permalink

Kono, Yes the headdressis one of the things that signifies this as a Lono Carving, The vanes are separated and look like rowa of Bananas or breasts or even just plain triangles. I think the bestlook comes from seeing boobs stacked in a straight line in pairs stasked 3, 5 or 7 high . Kono, I am Still Amazed when I see those carvings still because I don't have much memory of carving them. I Know I was there and I got sawdust all over me but I didn't do them. Someone helped medo these???
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10365
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2005-02-22 7:52 pm   Permalink

I been gettinbetter thechikitiki, how yuo been.yeah, call me some time.

 
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2467
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2005-02-22 7:58 pm   Permalink

Love your website Ben...can't keep away
from the gallery...and I also can't make
up my mind about what I want when my name
pops up on the list....I could put another
mortgage on the house for one of those
big guys....better not say that in case
the wife catches me!


 
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