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Tom Mehau

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  1. This one is for Lachlan, who suggested to me this idea for a carving over three years ago. Carved this one recently. Mahalo Lachlan...
  2. Hi Folks! It's been a long time since I visited. Here's something I did recently...
  3. Hi Paolo and welcome to TCP! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work and for the background information of your traditions. I'm not religious but I love religious art and I hope we'll get to see more of yours. Aloha, Tom
  4. I know. It makes you catch your breath for sure. Iʻm just glad it was me who broke it and not the friend that I was showing it too. Even though I know accidents happen, I donʻt know if I would have been a big enough man to be understanding about it. I know when I screw up I can learn and do things differently. And my friend is still my friend. Thanks for the link to your carvings. What is the ball that the beetles are crawling on made of?
  5. Thanks Rebecca. So those times when you make a second wax carving, you would probably only make a mold from the second one yeah? The first one would be like a rough draft, sort of? One of these days I'd like to try that process of making a mold from wax carving. Anyway, thanks again.
  6. Thanks Lachlan. I've always liked the themed series thing. I did that a lot back in my drawing days. This is actually one of three puhi designs I've carved, but the first one I've repeated. Folks seem to like them. Thanks for the two together suggestion. Whether they're fighting or just slithering together, they're so danged awsome! Could be a nice carving.
  7. That is a very cool piece. What is dugong? Guess I could have Googled that, but then I couldn't have mentioned what a very cool piece that is. Thanks. And for what it's worth, I agree with Billy and Janel. Later with the scales!
  8. Aloha everybody, Here are some new carvings from May. I hadn't carved anything since January and it was like these things came jumping out of the bone! This was tattooed on a man's arm and he asked me if I thought I could carve it. I photographed it, made a clean drawing, carved it, and this is how it ended up. He said it was a Celtic Whales Tail design. I saw mothers and babies so it's called 'Ohana. This one is the Laukolu design that I made before and then it broke. I used my teacher's suggestion about leaving small shoring posts, hidden in the spaces where the lea
  9. Stunning delicateness. You have raised the bone bar considerably for me, Janel. My teacher always told me to set the bar high but oh my goodness... Did you use any power tools? I love your work. Thanks for sharing this. Tom
  10. Lucky family members. That crab is insane! I like these pieces. Thanks for sharing.
  11. Thanks Janel, I'm glad you had a chance to visit the website. I appreciate you taking the time and offering your nod of approval. It means a lot to me, coming from you. No kidding. In my opinion it's probably fine to start working on that piece of bone again. I guess the issue is about the longevity of the piece. This June I will have been carving for only three years. I've never owned a piece of bone jewelry (or any jewelry) before I made one myself. I don't have first hand knowledge of what effects various factors will have on bone over time. But I don't think I have to. The know
  12. Janel as always I appreciate your thoughtful advice. I havenʻt had any adverse effects from the Procion dyes as far as my health goes, but Iʻll keep it in mind. Youʻve given me a lot to ponder regarding learning how to control and predict this very powerful product. I know the time it would take to gather the data would be worth it when I consider how much time it takes to make some of these pieces. And I know Iʻm at the lower end of the spectrum compared to the time you and others on the forum spend on your work. The information in your post above I think will serve me and others very wel
  13. Thanks for sharing this Michael. Iʻve been staring at it for a long time and it gets more beautiful. I want to touch it!
  14. Thanks guys, Christophe I never did use those kinds of things but only read about them here. One day soon maybe. Iʻm nervous about trying new things. My teacher Stacy Gordine used a dye called Dylon, and the color was Havana Brown. But after he went back to NZ we used up what he left us pretty quick and it seems impossible to find outside the UK. But I downloaded Tom Sterlingʻs e-book on Netsuke Carving (and speaking of which, I believe Mr. Sterling deserves much thanks) and thatʻs where I learned about a dye called Procion. I ordered the colors he recommended (theyʻre back at the shop rig
  15. Aloha everybody, This is something I just finished after taking too many months off from carving. It is carved from one piece of cow bone. I always wondered what it would be like to carve something with free links in it. There's a real learning curve to it. I think it's pretty sturdy. Wore it around for a couple of days. Put some mana into it. Also, to see if it would break. I didn't push any trucks out of the mud, or hug any heavy file cabinets to my chest or anything, which I don't think this piece would have lived through. But it hung in there alright. The name refers to Waipi'o
  16. Thanks you guys for the replies and comments. Janel I always appreciate your thoughtful observations and articulate comments. I guess if I was in a situation where I had to hang from a rope with both hands it wouldn't look anything like that at all. For one thing, my face would reflect a lot more fear and pain! Maybe she's holding on to a rope underwater? Whatever the case, thanks for nudging my brain into giving more thought to the "visual story". That way of thinking came naturally to me in my drawings, but I never thought to apply it to my carvings. Anyway, thanks again.
  17. Hello everybody, This is the last carving I made. She is cow bone, about 3 1/4" tall. She is a Mo'o Wahine, a Lizard Woman, a water spirit from the old time stories from our area. This is the first time I tried carving a real human figure, even though she's half lizard. Before this I only carved small versions of old Hawaiian 'tiki' - very stylized. I wish I thought ahead and made the pinky fingers lower than the thumb and index finger sides so the cord had a nice flowing downward arc instead of that little upward blip between her hands. I'm really trying hard to think about the co
  18. Hi Kurt, I like the girl's lively attitude. I really like how you combined the different contrasting materials. Can you tell us how all the different parts are attached to each other? Is it some kind of epoxy? Do you use pins or anything? Anyways, thanks for sharing these pictures. Seeing work in stages is always illuminating. Aloha, Tom
  19. Whoa...nice lizard! Nice branch too.
  20. Thanks for sharing Bruce. Nice letter opener. You give me good ideas. Wish I could see a picture of it on edge. Tom
  21. Gorgeous piece Michiel. Like to see it when it's done. T
  22. Hi Quinn, I've never seen anything like this. I can imagine the power he would bring into a room. Did the natural patterns guide you in the shaping of his face, like in his cheeks and nose? Thanks for sharing. Tom
  23. Hi Debora, Thanks for sharing these beautiful images. The floor and wall provide such a perfectly scaled context that until I read the dimensions of your dolphins and actually saw your fingertips it was hard for me to believe I was looking at something so small. I would love to see more pictures of your miniature worlds. Tom
  24. Thanks Christophe, I need a better camera or learn how to use the one I have. I'm trying to keep the image file size down so the next best thing will be some camera skills. Tom
  25. Hello everyone, I've been carving for a little over two years and reading this forum during the same period. Forgive me but I feel compelled to share some what I've been up to in that time. It's agood thing Janel pointed out in another topic that in addition to New Work this forum also allows a little Show & Tell. So here's a piece I called "Laulima". I thought it meant "Five Leaves". Just like I thought "Laukolu", a piece I posted in another topic, meant "Three Leaves". Turns out laulima means "Cooperation, joint action; group of people working together; community food patch; to w
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