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Tahitian:

When you go to any Polynesian performance, when the Tahitian performers come onto stage, the excitement starts to build.  You know your are in for a treat!  I have been able to find and work with a Master Tahitian drum maker in Hawai'i and now, I am able to present to you  quality toere, toere sticks (ironwood from Hawai'i), pahu, faatete (carved of coconut stump or PVC).  The toere are made of what woods are available to me at the time.  I will show the actual picture (all sides) of the toere for sale along with dimensions and sound.  The sound recordings should depict the tones as suggested.  You may request a special type of wood and if available, your request can be accommodated.  The price of the toere will be in line with the availability and quality of the wood requested.  Special carvings into your toere can be requested if you make available to me a drawing of your request.  All sales of drums are final with no returns.

It is also important to know of the care that is needed to go into your new toere and sticks to ensure they last you for years to come.  Knowing that there is a drastic climate change from the Hawaiian Islands to the Mainland, it is important to treat your wood for this change.  All of the toere and sticks made of whichever wood described is made shortly before I receive them.  Therefore, the wood is freshly cut, carved, tuned and now open to all of the elements.  Sun, humidity, dry climate and heat or, extreme cold. 

If you think of a scrape, cut or abrasion on your skin, depending on how large or open it is will depend on how much it will hurt.  You bleed, then the skin scabs and then the skin dries.  You treat your cuts and scrapes with ointments and then oil or lotion when your skin dries.  If you think about wood in the same way, you may begin to understand the effects.  When the bark is stripped or cut away from the toere in the making, that is the skin that protects the wood and keeps its moisture.  It needs care.  Once you start cutting and shaping the outside of the toere, you are cutting deeper into the wood and exposing more of the moisture and immediately you are loosing that moisture.  As you cut into the toere to create your sound, now you have started the drying out process from the inside and the outside. 

In order for your toere to maintain its tone, color and to keep from cracking and splintering, you need to oil the toere with an oil that is readily available to you wherever you are.  I use a lemon oil which is available in any hardware or grocery store.  Kukui nut oil is also very good to use but very expensive.  The longer I have the toere with me, I treat the drums as needed and you will just need to maintain what has been started.  If you pour the oil into a container, use a 2-3" wide brush and "paint" the oil onto the toere surface.  All sides and top and bottom.  If you neglect the top and bottom and the opening of the toere, that is a probable beginning area for the cracks to start.  It sounds like a lot of work but it is not.  I have personal toere and sticks that I have been using for years and no cracks, splits and no broken sticks!  Toere are usually an investment for most.  So with that said, take care of them and you will have them to use and enjoy for years to come.

As usual, you can contact me with any questions that you might have via e-mail or telephone listed on the Contact/Links page.  I hope you enjoy this new addition!

Aloha!


To best hear the tones of the toere, use your exterior speakers on your computer or the use of headphones, which enhance the sound. 

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MILO TOERE

THESE TOERE ARE NOW AVAILABLE



NEW MILO TOERE MADE 2008

Shown below is a newly finished Milo toere.  This Milo toere is BEAUTIFULLY hand carved with a honu design that is second to none. On the back (as shown in pictures), this toere has the main honu design in the middle with depicts the honu intricately carved, and on the middle of the shell is a picture from memory as a boy of this toere maker.  The picture is of a tiki that was in front of their home in the Marquesas.  Just above in the dark natural marking in the Milo is another carving of a different honu.  The top and bottom of this toere is also carved with a honu design. The natural colors of the red, pink, yellow, and markings of this toere are remarkable  This toere measures 30.25" tall, and near 6" in diameter.  The tone of this toere is medium. 

Photos that show 2 toere, this toere is on the right:

 

  Click here to hear the sound of this toere #1

The price for this toere is:  $950.00 plus shipping (in the continental US) & applicable taxes in CA, 7.375%.  International shipping please contact me for shipping estimate.

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NOW AVAILABLE



MILO TOERE MADE 2007

This Milo toere below is nicely hand carved with a double Mo'o design (Gecko) on the back (as shown in pictures), with the upper and lower band that blend nicely.  This toere measures 27.75" tall, and 17.75" in circumference.  The tone of this toere is medium high.

  

Click here to hear the sound of this toere #2

The price for this toere is:  $700.00 plus shipping (in the continental US) & applicable taxes in CA, 7.375%.  International shipping please contact me for shipping estimate.

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NOW AVAILABLE



NEW MILO TOERE MADE 2008

This Milo toere is BEAUTIFULLY hand carved with a honu design that is truly original. On the back (as shown in pictures), this toere has the main honu design in the middle with depicts the honu intricately carved, and on the middle of the shell is a picture from memory as a boy, of this maker.  The picture is of a tiki that was in front of their home in the Marquesas.  The top and bottom of this toere is also carved with a honu design. The natural colors of the red, pink, yellow, and markings of this toere are remarkable  This toere measures 28.75" tall, and near 5.75" in diameter.  The tone of this toere is medium - medium high.

Click here to hear the sound of this toere #3

The price for this toere is:  $800.00  plus shipping (in the continental US) & applicable taxes in CA, 7.375%.  International shipping please contact me for shipping estimate.

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NOW AVAILABLE



NEW MILO TOERE MADE 2008

This Milo toere is BEAUTIFULLY hand carved with a dolphin design that is truly original. On the back (as shown in pictures), this toere has the main centered dolphin design in the middle with depicts the dolphin  intricately carved.  The top and bottom of this toere is also carved with a dolphin design.  The top and bottom both have the dolphin intricately carved back to back on this toere.  There are 5 dolphins carved on this toere. The natural colors of the red, dark brown, and markings of this toere are remarkable  This toere measures 32" tall, and 6.75" in diameter.  The tone of this toere is medium.

Click here for the sound of this toere #4

The price for this toere is:  $1,400.00 plus shipping (in the continental US) & applicable taxes in CA, 7.375%.  International shipping please contact me for shipping estimate.

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Shown below is a newly finished toere.  This toere measures " tall, and " in diameter. 

Click here for the sounds of this toere

The price for this toere is:  $   .00 plus shipping (in the continental US) & applicable taxes in CA, 7.375%



Shown below is a newly finished toere.  This toere measures " tall, and " in diameter.  The tone of this toere is

Click here for the sounds of this toere

The price for this toere is:  $   .00 plus shipping (in the continental US) & applicable taxes in CA, 7.375%



NEW COCONUT FAATETE

Shown below is a nicely carved coconut faatete, hand carved with a detailed Honu design all around.  There are 4 rotated honu, intricately carved into the wood, with an upper and lower band as well.  This is a beautiful faatete with a rawhide skin.  The sound of this faatete is medium high with a nice ring to it.

Click here for the sounds of this faatete

The price for this hand carved "Honu" faatete is:  $700.00 plus shipping (in the continental US) & applicable taxes in CA, 7.375%

SOLD



NEW HANDMADE PAHU MADE 2008

Shown below is a pahu of solid wood, that was hollowed by hand.  This is not rolled wood (not that rolled wood for pahu is not good, it is!), it is hand chiseled inside and out and resonated very well.  The drum head skins are of goat skin, all drummers like this because of the ease of play, and less stress on the hand and wrist.  The sound is clear and tight, a great value for the workmanship.

Click here for the sounds of this pahu #1

The price for this handmade pahu is:  $800.00 plus shipping (in the continental US) & applicable taxes in CA, 7.375%.  International shipping please contact me for shipping estimate.

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NOW AVAILABLE



KOA TOERE

Shown below is a newly finished lead Koa toere.  This toere measures 29.75" tall, and 29.5" in circumference.  It has beautiful color and contrast of the markings of the wood.  The tone of this toere is deep.

 

 

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SOLD

The price for this toere is:  $0.00 plus shipping (in the continental US) & applicable taxes in CA, 7.375%



TOERE

Shown below is a newly finished toere.  This toere measures " tall, and " in diameter.  The tone of this toere is

 

Click here for the sound of this toere

The price for this toere is:  $0.00 plus shipping (in the continental US) & applicable taxes in CA, 7.375%



TOERE

Shown below is a newly finished toere.  This toere measures " tall, and " in diameter.  The tone of this toere is

  

Click here for the sound of this toere

The price for this toere is:  $0.00 plus shipping (in the continental US) & applicable taxes in CA, 7.375%



TOERE

Shown below is a newly finished toere.  This toere measures " tall, and" in diameter.  The tone of this toere is

 

 

Click here for the sound of this toere

The price for this toere is:  $0.00 plus shipping (in the continental US) & applicable taxes in CA, 7.375%

 



 

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The price for this toere is:   $0.00 plus shipping (in the continental US) & applicable taxes in CA, 7.375%



IRONWOOD STICKS

The toere sticks I sell are made of Ironwood harvested in Hawai`i.  The color is lighter than the dark brown sticks you see from Tahiti but, the wood is solid, dense, and you can still shape it to fit your hand size.  These sticks are a basic cut and like the toere, still need the oiling to care for them.  The sounds of the toeres above are played with these sticks.

The price for these sticks are:  $90.00 each plus shipping

     
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