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Project by Harold posted 11-21-2007 02:57 AM 3290 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A kali is a wooden pillow, many areas have somewhat similar pieces, with this one based loosely upon a Tongan design I had seen in a collection at one of the hotels north of our home. As I began researching the piece I found similar”wooden pillows” from around the world, all with very unique designs. I always keep an eye out for something unique that can be made from the small leftover pieces that seem to accumulate around my place. This Kali is about 14” long and 5” tall made from a piece of Macnut. I think the original piece may have been carved from a solid piece of material, but I just cut the board I had and dovetaled two short legs on. I roughed out the shape with a kutzall head on my 4” grinder and then cleaned it up with a rasp and 1/2 round file,finishing with alittle sandpaper, all told it took about 4 hours start to finish, although I have only one coat of oil on it at this point. It is a unique little piece that was fairly quick to build.

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#1 posted 11-21-2007 03:01 AM

A very unique piece. I really like the wood you used. Do you plan on using this or just displaying it?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 11-21-2007 03:01 AM

Interesting. Thos. probably could have used one on the trail wrangling horses and cows.

Are they comfortable?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 11-21-2007 03:02 AM

very unique and interesting ! think ill not throw out my feather pi;llows just yet though ! nice work

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#4 posted 11-21-2007 03:30 AM

This theme will actually be used for a woodworking class we are doing at the community center. Although very simple, it actually has several of the fundemental woodworking skills, layout, hand cut joinery and shaping with rasps and files. I furnish the wood so I will use a softer, more easily worked material, perhaps Jacaranda or Sugi Pine next weekend. I think it makes it much more enjoyable when the kids can leave with a completed project.
As far as being comfortable, not really unless your very tired.
I am hoping that we can continue with these pieces in the future and perhaps add a carved detail or inlayed accent, if the interest is there.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#5 posted 11-21-2007 03:59 AM

I like that very much. Would lay my head in it, no. But the form is cool. I could see something like that being a comfortable foot stool.

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#6 posted 11-21-2007 05:08 AM

Very nice construction,

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 11-21-2007 06:51 AM

I learn something new every time I login to Lumberjocks. Great job.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#8 posted 11-21-2007 07:31 AM

Being Hawaiian myself, and having seen these before, that is an awesome little piece. Very well done and the wood is beautiful.

-- Kaleo ,

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#9 posted 11-21-2007 08:36 AM

The sculpting is very good…..................

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#10 posted 11-26-2007 12:32 PM

Beautiful workmanship Harold. Doesn’t look very comfortable – but it is well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 12-28-2007 02:39 PM

Beautiful and intristing.

-- Jiri

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#12 posted 12-30-2007 09:18 PM

Harold, this is really a neat piece. Thanks for posting it.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#13 posted 01-09-2008 12:00 AM

That’s interesting!

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#14 posted 02-02-2008 03:38 AM

I’ve seen a chinese (or maybe japanese) one in an exhibit at the MFA in Boston. Doesn’t strike me as comfortable, but I guess if they kept making, and using them, they worked.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#15 posted 02-02-2008 02:43 PM

The craftsmanship is outstanding. I’m with the other guys, though. Not giving up my comfy pillow just yet.

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