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The show me your Witco thread.
Bora Boris
Mr. Unreasonable

Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2571
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2007-08-21 11:22 am   Permalink

Next time I see Judah I'll have a word with him about this.

Of all that "Bad Art" nothing is worse than Judah's Hat.
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YankeeAirPirate
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Joined: Aug 02, 2007
Posts: 50
From: Worldwide
Posted: 2007-08-21 12:28 pm   Permalink

I like the "Karate Sluts" one the best.

 
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PeleeTiki
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Joined: Aug 01, 2007
Posts: 19
From: Tropicanada
Posted: 2007-08-23 10:41 am   Permalink

Take a look at this cool Witco fountain I picked up yesterday. Found it near my home in S.E. Michigan. Didn't know what it was (and neither did the owner), until I happened across the similar piece on pg 179 of the BOT. Once I knew it was Witco, I became "educated" like you folks. I feel very fortunate to have stumbled on this piece which sat in a semi trailer for 30 years B4 the owner started to liquidate his collections of "junk". This and a 4' Witco mask were the only tiki pieces he had and I was a day late on the mask
Still for a newbie like me with a budding tiki room, just started, I feel blessed to add this marquis piece to my collection. In fact, at this point, except for some thatch and a couple mugs, it is my collection.
Anyway, I'm sure there are a few out there who will curse me and others who will congratulate me for my good fortune, not yours and for rescuing this piece from some lunkhead who would never have known it's true origins.
Soon this piece will grace my tiki room at my beach house in Tropicanada.
ps. Got the box, bowl and even the original pump with this bad boy. The whole thing is about 5' tall.




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sputnikmoss
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Joined: Jan 04, 2007
Posts: 281
From: Portland OR
Posted: 2007-08-23 11:33 am   Permalink

Nice find! What a great way to start your collection. Cool!

 
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Mr. NoNaMe
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Joined: May 10, 2006
Posts: 1919
Posted: 2007-08-23 11:55 am   Permalink

CURSES!!!
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Matango Derek
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Joined: Jun 22, 2007
Posts: 46
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2007-08-23 12:14 pm   Permalink

WOW WOW WOW!!! I've found exactly two Witco pieces in the wild in the past 15 years; none nearly as sweet as that. Congrats!

 
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The Granite Tiki
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Joined: Jul 02, 2005
Posts: 812
From: Nashua, NH
Posted: 2007-08-23 12:20 pm   Permalink

More incentive for all of us to keep looking!

Congrats!!!


 
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Bora Boris
Mr. Unreasonable

Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2571
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2007-08-23 2:55 pm   Permalink

Congratulations!

Excellent find.

I will do both, congratulate and curse you. I'll curse you off line.

Can you post a picture of the box please?
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bigbrotiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11131
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2007-08-23 6:28 pm   Permalink

Congrats on your 1971 "Fountain of Fortune" (also sold as Fountain of Youth), based on Witco's "God of Fortune". This one did not make it into "Tiki Modern", which of course is no reflection on its unique design! Great find. With Witco (as with much of vintage Tiki), it's all about being at the right place at the right time.



 
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PeleeTiki
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Joined: Aug 01, 2007
Posts: 19
From: Tropicanada
Posted: 2007-08-23 8:24 pm   Permalink

Many thanks Bigbro for the positive ID. I was curious whether these pieces were given tag names. Could use some figuring out how to set it up for the pump. There appears to be way more tubing than I need and it's kind of old and grimy. Assume I can just pull some new tube through. Also there is a hole in the bottom of the base where it looks like the box goes. Not sure if that hole is there for a reason. Figured that you just put a small container under the box and stick the pump in.
If they serve no purpose, I will patch the 7 or 8 small holes somebody drilled through the base. Maybe for the plants?

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keigs20
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Joined: Jun 02, 2002
Posts: 530
From: WA
Posted: 2007-08-24 10:23 pm   Permalink

Hey peleetiki shoot me an email and I will help you set it up. k.pleasantjr@verizon.net . Nice find!!!!

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tyger jymmy
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Joined: Apr 14, 2003
Posts: 554
From: califorina
Posted: 2007-08-24 10:40 pm   Permalink

Great lookin Fountain Man . Groovy


 
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uncle trav
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Joined: Apr 27, 2005
Posts: 1780
From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2007-08-25 09:55 am   Permalink

Just got this guy today at a thrift store. Twenty bucks. 48" long by 14" wide. I'm almost sure it's Witco. Could any one help with a positive ID? And should I put a coat of wax on it? Thanks.



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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11131
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2007-08-25 1:05 pm   Permalink

That is.....WAIT-A-MINNIT ! I don't believe that Witco ever made the BIG EYE version of their primitic cats, that was a smart twist put on the classic Witco design by our good ol' BOSKO! But a Bosko in a thrift store, in Kalamazoo, for twenny bucks? Bosko, correct me if I'm wrong...

 
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uncle trav
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Joined: Apr 27, 2005
Posts: 1780
From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2007-08-25 1:43 pm   Permalink

Bigbro I looked all over this thing and can find no markings. It has definite age patina to the wood and had a good layer of dust.I wiped the dust off with a damp rag and got allot of nicotine too. Location seems right I have pulled allot of vintage furniture from the same store. Here's a couple more pics.







 
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