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Buzzy's work: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate
Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2009-08-12 10:39 pm   Permalink

Today's lack of sun made for this sunset:


Drums update:

Yesterday I got the goat head and put it on the dark drum.

It finally dried at about noon today, and I have to say, it sounds pretty darn good.


I also sanded the little pahu and got it stained:



The Martini Kings drum got some fine coats of oil all over it:


While the oil was setting, I put the hide in the tub...


and after several hours of soaking, I was able to put it on:


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On 2009-08-12 10:22, Benzart wrote:
You need to use that lawnmower more often and really get in shape!



If I get any better looking, they'll have to make me illegal, just for equality's sake.

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On 2009-08-11 21:28, seeksurf wrote:
Nice drums!



thanks seeks!

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On 2009-08-11 17:06, GMAN wrote:
The madness never stops.



So true! Speaking of crazy: How's the "dragster" doing down at the track?

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On 2009-08-11 16:09, closettiki wrote:
hey buzzy...do we get a preview of what you will have
at oasis....any drums......tikis?......



I loaned all my tikis out to a party over the weekend and just got them back today. They're still in my truck. I'll try to get a picture tomorrow, but you'll probably already be on the way by then. I only have 5 tikis and 5 drums to sell at Oasis this year. Not much stuff, but it's all quality!

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On 2009-08-11 07:39, TheBigT wrote:




I have a bunch of promo tshirts from some movie called rocker that say "I only drum naked!" on the front of them. I should include one with each drum purchase this weekend.


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On 2009-08-11 06:49, Matt Reese wrote:
I'll be needing a pin up pic again this year. You've started something weird collection-wise.



I'll definitely be bringing pictures this year...
And it's not weird, it's Kool! All the Koolkids have one!

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On 2009-08-11 02:51, HOUSE OF KU wrote:

Aloha, Freddie




Going to miss you this year Freddie...

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On 2009-08-11 02:10, TravelingJones wrote:
...it's the most wonderful time of the Year!



Dammit Jonesey! Gonna miss you too...

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On 2009-08-10 23:43, closettiki wrote:
Hey buzzy
I hope you're bringing some copies of your newest
pin up!!!!
I need a signed copy. ......

It's for my wife.......

Really ......



I think I'll have enough this year to give one to you too. Tell the wife I'll save #1 for her.

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On 2009-08-10 21:25, RevBambooBen wrote:
Lookin forward to my new Pin Up pic for the Boo head!



Just wait til you see your present! Cya tomorrow!

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On 2009-08-10 21:24, little lost tiki wrote:


you're waaay too hairy...



You just have a distorted view of what a real man is. I'm sure you have the makings of one somewhere underneath all that pasty flab. You should talk to your doctor. He can probably give you some hormones to take care of that lack of masculinity problem. I'm surprised the Marines couldn't make a man out of you. But in their defense, they only had a couple years to undo all the damage you did to yourself over your whole life up to that point.

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On 2009-08-10 21:17, GROG wrote:
Looks like carving is a great way to get in shape.




I love that picture! Thanks GROG!

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On 2009-08-10 21:16, martini kings wrote:
buzzy the drum is lookin killer. can't wait to play it friday night on stage!
mahalo!
tony



It's ready! See you Friday!

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On 2009-08-10 20:57, Aaron's Akua wrote:
Buzzy, lovin' the Martini Kings drum! You really did 'em justice.
Aaron


Yo AA! I hope I made something they will cherish. It turned out well so far, in my opinion.

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On 2009-08-10 20:56, hodadhank wrote:
I just stopped by to say it was nice bumping into you today, I should add I was fortunate you were fully clothed at the time.




I'm glad you didn't notice I wasn't wearing any underwear that day.

Locals: Tune into San Diego Living tomorrow morning for a live feature on Tiki Oasis.
Buzzy Out!











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TheBigT
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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-08-13 07:15 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-08-12 22:39, Bay Park Buzzy wrote:
I have a bunch of promo tshirts from some movie called rocker that say "I only drum naked!" on the front of them. I should include one with each drum purchase this weekend.



Now there's a great idea!

So now the question is: which sounds better? goat or cow? Btw, are they similarly priced?


 
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big daddy
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Posts: 325
From: houston
Posted: 2009-08-13 09:28 am   Permalink

buzzy,

once again great drums! always a pleasure to see your new items posted. can't wait to see the pin up this year though i'm more into redheads -

i keep looking at this one and my eyes have almost recovered from last years!

bd


 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
Posts: 3029
From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2009-08-13 1:38 pm   Permalink

Today officially kicks off Tiki Oasis. This year's festivities started out for me this morning on the set of Fox's San Diego Living. King Kukulele, Lady Borgia, and RetroDiva joined me this year. I was asked to do some on air carving, talk about the event, and bring some tikis and decor to dress up the outside stage area. Having done this last year, I knew what to expect so I came in with the aim of shamelessly maximizing my on air exposure and manipulating the layout to do some free commercials for the Factory. I didn;t take my camera, but I have a few ghetto style screen captures that I'll share and comment on now:

After working with the producer and the host, the order of the interviews and the focus of each guest was finlaized. It started with KingK giving some general information about the event:

While he was speaking, I was doing some "performance" carving. You can see my mallet hand on the right

Next it was my turn. Notice the layout here. I positioned two surfboards and tikis in the background when I arrived. I suggested to the producer that my carving stand would fit perfectly between them. She agreed and I had accomplished goal #1, getting center stage


Renee asked me a couple questions about carving and I managed to slip in a shout out to Benzart. Another one of my goals was accomplished by mentioning him. I also have the big Benzart sticker surfboard in the background on the right:

After she talked with me for a couple moments, I went back to acting like I was carving. They wanted me to carve one of my tikis live, but all my stuff is pretty much done, so I had nothing to carve on. Pat had his half finished tiki sitting in my yard, so I took it down to the show and pretended to carve it. It think it was kind of funny to be fake carving on a tiki that's not mine. I don;t think the viewers at home were any wiser to my charade.

Next was lady Borgia doing a hair demonstration. Remembering where the camera guy stood last year, I put the Benzart board with the Factory script right where he would be shooting the most. I couldn't have asked for a better shot on screen of the logo.


Finally, was RetroDiva talking vintage clothes.

That logo board and my tikis still getting free air time!

They told me to move my truck after I unloaded and set up. another goal was to get the POS on screen too, just like last year. I moved it back and hoped the camera guy would catch it in the background.
Bingo!

I parked in the head guy's spot. It had a big sign that said reserved at all times. I parked there anyway because I figured all that could happen was that some dude in a suit would yell at me and think I was stuipd. I could live with that. Best spot on the lot...

king K played a closing song as I was overcome with the urge to hula


The ladies all joined in too:


Plenty more on air branding:


Next year if I do this again, I'm going to look like a nascar guy, with all the ad space I'm going to rent out on myself.

Our promotion of the event concluded with King K playing a song...


and myself dancing away!

I made my first official sale there too. retroDiva snatched up the newest Moai that I had in the background.


And so it begins....


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On 2009-08-13 07:15, TheBigT wrote:
So now the question is: which sounds better? goat or cow? Btw, are they similarly priced?



I need to do some more playing of the goat to decide. It sounds really good, but different than the really good the cow sounds like. It's more of a tactile difference than a sound difference.

the goat runs about $40 a piece
the cow runs about $35 a piece
I can only get one head from a piece because they come with imperfections that I do not want to use.
You can get a whole side of cow for about $150. you might get 5-6 heads out of that.

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On 2009-08-13 09:28, big daddy wrote:
i keep looking at this one and my eyes have almost recovered from last years!



Some have told me it burned their retinas so bad it stained the image in their brains permanently. When they close their eyes real fast, they see last year's photo.
thanks for the eye candy!

As seen on TV...
Buzzy Out!



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martini kings
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Joined: Nov 10, 2005
Posts: 634
From: anthony marsico
Posted: 2009-08-13 2:50 pm   Permalink

looks sweet buzzy. can't wait to bang the hell out of the drum friday eve during our show!
tony
p.s. i'll be there around 2 ish to the hotel so you can just bring her with ya!
best,
tony


 
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Benzart
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Posts: 10397
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-08-14 06:20 am   Permalink

Pretty slick stuff there Buzzy! Thanks for the free air time too.
"....And the Beat Goes ON..."
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TheBigT
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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
Posts: 1613
From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-08-14 07:01 am   Permalink

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On 2009-08-13 13:38, Bay Park Buzzy wrote:
Having done this last year, I knew what to expect so I came in with the aim of shamelessly maximizing my on air exposure and manipulating the layout to do some free commercials for the Factory.




Hahaha! You rock man.


 
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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
Posts: 1966
From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2009-08-14 11:40 am   Permalink

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On 2009-08-13 13:38, Bay Park Buzzy wrote:
It think it was kind of funny to be fake carving on a tiki that's not mine.


Milli Vanilli!

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Next year if I do this again, I'm going to look like a nascar guy, with all the ad space I'm going to rent out on myself.


Reserve me a 4"x4" adspace!

Job well done, Buzz! How about a link to the video?


 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2380
From: So FL
Posted: 2009-08-14 12:49 pm   Permalink

I question the "tiki-ness" of white socks and shoes??

 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
Posts: 3029
From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2009-08-19 8:03 pm   Permalink

Here comes a catch up after a crazy weekend post:

After the tv gig, I had a visit from my good friends the Boos. I took the opportunity to give BambooBen a Budweiser vs. Bud Light checkers set. The pieces are labelled beer bottles and when you are kinged, there are bottle caps for them. here's me and Ben:


Later in the day, I did this year's promotional artwork and printing

Limited edition of 50 Magazine covers for autographs:


I still have a few left for some VIP House of Buzz regulars.

And the "Pumped Postcard" version:


Both versions were a HUGE hit this year. They were EVERYWHERE!

There was also a pendant version. Louie the Letch of Frankie's drink named after him fame sports one in this picture:



Next, I had to go deliver the martini Kings drum. Here it is finished:







While I was there delivering the drum, I did a little stage decorating:




They premiered the drum on that stage on Friday night:


Here's a special back stage view of tiki celebrity Crazy Al playing a coconut with some bones next to the drum:


Another satisfied customer:


I then put the last coat of spar on retrodiva's new Moai. Shown finished here:



While I'm at it, final shot of this drum finished:


the drum line:



Friday night I was tired and didn't want to wait in line to get into room party so I just kicked back with Bullet for a while:

I went home early because I had to pack up all my vending stuff.

Speaking of vending, thet's what I did saturday.
Here I am in my booth:


Stuff





All day I sold stuff and talked to tiki people and friends, like Billy The Crud:

Then I partied on Saturday night with folks like these:





At my finest hour:


After that, I took cuts in front of hundreds of people in the Lemoncello Lounge line and watched the Martini kings...

...and hung out with Zaya and Ray until we had to go home.


Sunday was more vending and hanging out with friends. After packing up and going home, Bullet came over for a couple days. We went to Bosko's the next day and checked out his bar and studio. Later, we went and toured babalu's studio and hung out with Matt reese. Then we went and checked out matt's bar. It was a great way to end this year's event.

Then, like that it was all over and back to reality, and work.


I put oil on the little Pahu drum:

I left the tool marks on the pedestal part and smoothed the bell part as much as I could. I kind of like that look:


For the head, I wanted a reinforced edge because I'm using a thin piece of goat. I had to figure a way to attach the head without ripping it under the tension. I did some figuring on paper and then made a template:


This is the piece after punching in the holes:


Hole pattern:


Here's a test I did to make sure the holes were aligned correctly

After this, I put it on the drum and decided that I needed to double up on the lashing attachment points.

I cut another piece of goat and redid the layout with more holes:


After cutting a bunch of holes, I was ready to start the weave:


Half way through.

The length of the string you need to use just over twice the circumference of the head

Topside when done:


Bottom when done:


Next I measured and cut the 8 pieces that I will use to attach the head to the drum:


The head soaked for a couple hours and was ready to be stuck on.


It took about an hour to get it all lashed up:



It's drying up still and starting to sound like a drum. I think I did it right. I'll see tomorrow when the head is dry.

On my calendar, a new year started this week.
Let's see how this year's going to turn out.
Buzzy Out!












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4WDtiki
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Posts: 1966
From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2009-08-19 8:35 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-08-19 20:03, Bay Park Buzzy wrote:

Speaking of vending, thet's what I did saturday.
Sunday was more vending and hanging out with friends.


So did you sell your Michael Jackson tribute tiki?




All your drums are so excellent, but I think this one is the best looking, closely followed by the Martini Kings drum.

Maybe it's the stain, maybe it's the photo, but geez it's gorgeous!


 
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closettiki
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Posted: 2009-08-19 8:51 pm   Permalink

hi buzzy.....

my drum has found its new home next to the bar......

it was a blast hanging out with you guys again.....

but i lost you guys somewhere in the room parties.....its all a blurrrrrrrr

how long till next oasis?


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-08-20 09:26 am   Permalink

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On 2009-08-19 20:35, 4WDtiki wrote:
All your drums are so excellent, but I think this one is the best looking, closely followed by the Martini Kings drum.

Maybe it's the stain, maybe it's the photo, but geez it's gorgeous!



I 2nd that! Oh, btw, I left a comment about audio recording over on the pahu drum thread. Great pics.


 
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kingstiedye
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Posts: 1400
From: sackatomato
Posted: 2009-08-21 3:05 pm   Permalink

i'm truly blessed to have friends like buzzy and zaya. my extended tiki oasis at the house of buzz was fantastic. buzzy's diet of pizza and pepsi is also my diet of choice. our trips to bosko's, babalu's and matt reese's were the perfect wind down from a tiring weekend. i could sit around and talk to zaya and buzzy all day. i hope i've earned a return visit next year.

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From: sackatomato
Posted: 2009-08-21 3:07 pm   Permalink

oh yeah, your behind the scenes commentary on your now annual (hopefully) tv appearance was hilarious! and the drums are blowing me away. the pahu looks beatiful.
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