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The show me your Witco thread.
3Tikis
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Joined: Jun 28, 2011
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Posted: 2012-01-15 3:43 pm   Permalink

Thanks so much for the info! Another lucky find! He looks quite handsome next to the door that leads out to my tiki bar.

Cheers!
Paul


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-01-15 7:16 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-01-15 14:46, TIKIBOSKO wrote:
Great find DC,
3Tikis it's a Witco, I have a mask in a similar design, maybe Sven would know?
Bosko



You know, it does not immediately ring a bell in the Witco catalog of my mind...but then there was one or the other carving that never made it into ANY of the catalogues. They cranked out a lot of stuff, sometimes single pieces on spec, and some were never documented. I don't think this is a Gale Haner or Woodcarver piece, and it's wild enough to be WITCO.


 
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3Tikis
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Posted: 2012-01-17 03:00 am   Permalink

Again thanks for the information. My wife and I have been collecting tiki for a bit (mostly mugs) and we're just starting to learn a bit more about some of the vintage designers and companies. Our best find so far was a 1960s Bantam products tiki bar. We refurbished/reconditioned it so it could be on our screen porch.

When the weather gets warm again; I'll take a photo and post it in the appropriate forum.

Cheers,
Paul


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-01-17 10:52 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-01-17 03:00, 3Tikis wrote:
Our best find so far was a 1960s Bantam products tiki bar.



Now what did that look like? I know of Johnson Products selling bars, and Witco, but never heard of Bantam - and at such an early date. Was that a Rattan furniture maker, perhaps?


 
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John the Mainlander
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From: Rockford, Illinois
Posted: 2012-01-17 11:43 am   Permalink

I unearthed (literally had to dig it out of the ground) a mainlander fountain (missing the basins/bowls, base and box) a few months ago in the Northwest Chicago Suburbs. The owner didn't know where it came from but it has been outside in his backyard for years. On a related note, I finally (after asking to purchase for many years) acquired an absolutely pristine Mainlander fountain with the base, box and all basins/bowls from a local store in Rockford yesterday afternoon. I swear, my hometown of Rockford was a Witco mecca (check out what I discovered in an earlier post on this thread a couple years ago). I will be posting photos shortly of the fountains. Does anyone have a set of basins/bowls for sale or trade? Interestingly enough, the two fountains, while identical in subject matter, are different in height and width. I guess the poles that Witco used were not necessarily uniform for these fountains? Or were there multiple sizes for the mainlander?

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-01-17 12:49 pm   Permalink

I don't know what year exactly in the 60s Witco introduced the Mainlander fountain, but it was clearly one of their bestsellers, a staple of the catalog. Considering how many were made throughout the decade from the mid-60s to the mid-70s, they might have varied quite a bit, even if there was supposed to be one standard size that they came in.

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2012-01-17 12:58 pm   Permalink

get your basins re cut by ken pleasant.... he can duplicate them down to the detail and cut them to fit. probably just needs measurements of the slots they rest in on the tiki...

 
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Bongo Bungalow
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From: Indiana
Posted: 2012-01-23 05:26 am   Permalink

Witco or Nowitco?





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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-01-23 1:08 pm   Permalink

Yah, Viiiiitkoooooooo!

 
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3Tikis
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Posted: 2012-01-29 07:51 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-01-17 10:52, bigbrotiki wrote:
Quote:

On 2012-01-17 03:00, 3Tikis wrote:
Our best find so far was a 1960s Bantam products tiki bar.



Now what did that look like? I know of Johnson Products selling bars, and Witco, but never heard of Bantam - and at such an early date. Was that a Rattan furniture maker, perhaps?



I understand it was sold through Sears. So as to not pollute the Witco thread any further, I posted the details and a photo of it here:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=42129&forum=20&start=last&0

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tikicoma
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Joined: Jan 16, 2010
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2012-01-29 10:12 pm   Permalink

My first Witco! A Nuba Totem. It's seen better days, has a few repaired breaks, but with a little love I think it will look great with the PNG and Haner masks!



By the way the room it's in is called Hale Moa.

aloha, tikicoma


 
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John the Mainlander
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From: Rockford, Illinois
Posted: 2012-02-05 6:19 pm   Permalink

As promised...
the good one and the one I dug out of the ground.
I'm still cleaning the rocks for the base of the nicer one.





 
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Bongo Bungalow
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Posted: 2012-02-05 7:25 pm   Permalink

Wow, John!


 
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tikijenn
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Posted: 2012-02-08 1:00 pm   Permalink

I have this carving that I'm pretty certain is Witco. Any idea of the name of this piece?
Much appreciated!



 
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Bongo Bungalow
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Posted: 2012-02-08 3:07 pm   Permalink

The Three Faces of Eve?


 
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