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  • Warrior tiki mask

    Been working on this tiki. It is old Hawaii tiki God Ku As one of the most prominent gods in Hawaiian mythology, Ku is one of the four great Tiki gods in history. He is the ancient god of war and a harbinger of strength. Even his name speaks to his fierceness and strong nature, as "Ku" means "standing up" in the native language. Tiki masks are hand-carved masks intended to represent deities and bestow specific traits upon the setting in which they're placed. Each mask represents a different purpose. For example, a Tiki mask in either a private home or a public setting might be thought to protect people from the dangerous threats and temptations of evil spirits,

    The carving is in what I call rough out which is always a hair pulling stage of frustration and nonstop measuring, ....soon will go to next stage will be to shape, then add details The wood is Hawaiian rainforest tree another name for Monkeypod. Measures 18 inch long and 11 inches wide. I am using a mixture of chisels and power tools. Power tools because I have to use them....the wood is old and dry and breakage is an issue ....so power puts less stress than a chisel or knife which can cause ends to break rather easy...making this project touchy. IMG_0315.JPG.

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    That's the way I felt this morning This going to be an interesting journey Di, but your off to a good start
    . . .JoeB

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    • #3
      Looking good, Di.
      Keep On Carvin'
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      • #4
        Always enjoy seeing you creations Di. Thanks for sharing the story of the mask. look forward to to seeing the completed mask.

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        • #5
          Very nice start there, Di. Can't wait to see the progression pictures.
          Bill
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          • #6
            Originally posted by joepaulbutler View Post
            That's the way I felt this morning This going to be an interesting journey Di, but your off to a good start
            yea I felt that way working on it yesterday...will see what the new day brings.....hopeful a more progressive carving day.

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            • #7
              Looking goods. Make his teeth shiny white. Almost looks like a woodworker on another forum from Hawaii. Last name of Radcliff. He makes canoe paddles among other things from Koa.

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              • #8
                Hi Di, Another one of your great Carving Projects . Looking forward in seeing you progress as you go . Merle

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                • #9
                  Dileon.... Great carving but he sure is one "ugly sucker!"

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Eddy-Smiles View Post
                    Dileon.... Great carving but he sure is one "ugly sucker!"
                    Yea he is ....right now it it is an issue to keep him mean looking .....Most all Hawaiian tikis from the old days were trying to scare other people landing on the islands....something to the effect we are going to throw you in the volcano or feed you to the shark god effect.

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                    • #11
                      Good looking start of this, Di!

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                      • #12
                        Got the shape and need to do the cleanup and ...ready for next step and detail work. This photo shows a light color wood, this wood has very deep colors of a grain of browns and black.......I am hoping it will not take away from the work when I apply a finish I had no intention of cutting throw the mouth to an open area....some how I miss measured and cutting deeper the chisel went through... I had thoughts of closing off the area...but since this is a mask I guess it does not matter, although now I have to really highlight other areas such as the eyes. for composition reasons.


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                        • #13
                          Nice progress Di, and a unique piece to follow. Thanks for posting and it is something of interest to me. Not knowing, your "enhancement" feature doesn't detract from it...
                          Bill
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                          • #14
                            I need to redesign the top upside down diamond in the helmet, it is out of wack, add the nose holes which need to be large or flared do to his angry look.... angry look is hard to define...., and do the teeth area. I have mixed feelings about this work at this point as I know it will be a major sanding job....in the end. The eyes are weird but the original tiki has these type of eyes....so will stay with the look....note that tiki sold at Christy's for millions... not that long ago. To bad that ....you have to be dead to make good money on your work is another thought.

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                            • #15
                              The carving seems to be coming along nicely. I thought, what if you added something clear (plexiglass, etc) then hit with colored light, might really set it off. ??????
                              . . .JoeB

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