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Lake Tiki - 8/23/2013 - Red Cedar
Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2006-11-10 08:11 am   Permalink

Nice!

 
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Bete
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Posted: 2006-11-11 10:38 am   Permalink

Awesome pictures Lake Surfer. That room is looking great, the pieces you made and that sign are cool.

 
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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2006-11-14 01:10 am   Permalink

Monkeyman, BK and Bete... thanks for the kind words.

Really enjoying some time off from carving tikis... this gives my mind a challenge on the same theme...

So, after some imagineering, I was able to construct and install the thatch overhang above the bar.

Quite pleased with how it came out.







Everyday I get closer to the work on the bar...

Found some great reproductions of vintage tin signs with a surf theme at a local retro store... thinking of picking them up and distressing them with rust and wear and tear along with my "Dangerous Shorebreak" sign I have already in one of the surf themed walls.

details... details... details...


 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2006-11-14 04:10 am   Permalink

holy cats Lakesurfer, fabulous effort on your lounge. Once you get some of your big honkin'
tikis in there it's gonna look like the real deal. One of the finer home bars for sure!


 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2006-11-14 08:55 am   Permalink

Thanks Conga! I've got a picture in my head, but kind of make it up as I go along. I have to really look at the space I've got and materials... and then go from there. The canopy was one of the major elements I wanted to put in, so that's done now. The bar is going to be a major project. As soon as I get everything in place I can look at spaces that need tikis and either fill in with what I have or create. I still have a 6 foot Oceanic inspired Trader Vic's pole to finish up that will go in.... maybe 2. I think smaller tikis will get lost, so I'll be making larger ones.

Always loved what you have going on at your place... a touch of tropical and a touch of the Northwoods.

As for me... heavily inspired by the dark moody corners of Hala Kahiki...


 
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Aaron's Akua
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2006-11-14 1:08 pm   Permalink

Aloha, Lake Surfer. Your bar is really coming along nicely. Thanks for sharing all of the progress pics along the way. I think it will really come alive once you start populating it with your killer tikis. Could there be a fountain in the works?

A-A
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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2006-11-14 1:11 pm   Permalink

Looks killer. The perfect place to defrost after a wintery day on the Lakes.

 
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Bete
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Posted: 2006-11-14 1:24 pm   Permalink

It's looking so great Lake Surfer!

 
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TikiBud
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From: West of Atl., Ga.
Posted: 2006-11-15 12:57 pm   Permalink

Lake, what a great job you are doing with that room!

 
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2006-11-20 8:41 pm   Permalink

Hey, thanks again!

An update... looks like it has been a while... real life and real job keeping me busy... and painting the rest of the house that we have only been in for a month and a half.

Some behind the scenes work going on... I had some shelves I built from my old tiki rooms in our apartments... they were lighter stain than I want now. But they have served their purpose well in the past and I want to use them in the new bar. Some stripper, new darker stain and weathering on the bamboo trim and they will be good as new and fit in with the theme of the new bar.

It has a name finally! I wanted something to tie in with tiki, my love of surfing and surf culture, and the South Seas.

Thus... Hale Nalu.


Anyhow... finally doing work on the bar itself. Inspired by the tables in the Wreck Bar in Fort Lauderdale, I am giving the bar top the look of old, rotted, pitted ship boards. Early American stain to come next.



In each pit will be white sand from Jax Beach and small shells. On top of that will be Pour-On. The clear coat on top of the wood will be 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick.



I did pick up shells in Florida, but decided smaller ones would be better. $1.99 at Michael's crafts.



Update soon...


 
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tiki beat by marcus thorn
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Posted: 2006-11-20 11:57 pm   Permalink

lake surfer the room is looking so cool

 
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2006-11-26 12:42 am   Permalink

Marcus, thanks! Some great work coming out of your studio these days too! Hope you are enjoying early summer!

Dividing time between the bar and some other remodel projects around the house. I did get the bar front and side finished the last 2 days from the wee hours of midnight to 4 am. I keep weird hours sometimes, but have always found that late nights are my most creative hours for artistic ventures.

And after stripping (nasty stuff) and restaining the shelves I had made a few years ago... those are up and are holding mugs and various tiki clutter. I'm building more later... a double decker with a thatched roof.

Hoping to get at the bar top soon, and I have some more work to do on the back and inside shelves of the bar.





Did some somwehat simpler patterns on the 1 x 3" 's this time around... though the flowers were something new and turned out pretty good. Dry brushed off-white acrylic for some color.



 
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Bete
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Posted: 2006-11-26 10:10 am   Permalink

Looks just great, very cool.

 
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2006-11-27 10:56 pm   Permalink

Thanks Bete.

Wow. The tikis I did for you are just about a year old now, huh? I remember that snowy cold day I dropped them off. Hope they have enjoyed the last year in your eclectic collection!


I tried my best to stay away from tiki carving. Didn't work. Time for a break from the bar to pay some bills.
Comissioned piece for a couple in Michigan. A little spot of hand painting. Just shy of 5 feet.



 
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SCTikiShack
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Posted: 2006-11-28 11:21 am   Permalink

Lake,

Super sweet finish on that tiki, it looks nice and smooth. The white paint contrasts nicely with the dark finish. Are the lakes frozen over yet or are you getting some fresh water tubes? You're lucky to be able to build your killer tiki bar/ basement. I'm sure there will be plenty of Rum concoctions consumed there during the cold winter months.

Will


 
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