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The show me your Witco thread.
fatuhiva
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Posted: 2006-08-19 9:14 pm   Permalink



 
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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2006-08-20 08:29 am   Permalink


Not 100% sure this is Witco, but the lines are correct.
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Sneakytiki
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Posted: 2006-08-20 10:14 pm   Permalink

That's totally Witco!

 
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Slacks Ferret
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Posted: 2006-08-21 10:05 pm   Permalink

This shot really helps emphasize the grease stains on the artwork.


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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2006-08-22 04:30 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-08-21 22:05, Slacks Ferret wrote:
This shot really helps emphasize the grease stains on the artwork.



Looking at the composition, are you sure it is grease? It could be salad oil....


 
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Ojaitimo
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Posted: 2006-08-22 08:22 am   Permalink

These Witcos were used by my mother Ione in one of her Tiki projects, The Royal Palms in Oxnard, Calif 1963.



 
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Swamp Tiki
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Posted: 2006-08-22 2:01 pm   Permalink

This is probably a really lame question, but what type of wood are Witco pieces generally carved from? Is it a type of cedar?

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2006-08-22 9:25 pm   Permalink

Is that a trick question, SWAMP Tiki? Because Witco was mostly made with cedar, but a special kind, called...SWAMP cedar. Swamp cedar was widegrained and soft wood, which made it unfit for construction, so nobody wanted it. So it was cheap, easy to carve, and after torching, displayed that raised wide grain. The ugly duckling of wood was turned into the ugly ducklings of decor!

I really like your signature graphic.


 
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Swamp Tiki
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Posted: 2006-08-23 3:25 pm   Permalink

Nope, It was a real question, just a coinsidence...Thanks for the answer and thanks for the compliment, Big Bro. I guessed cedar, but would have never guessed "Swamp" cedar. What region is this particular wood native to?

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2006-08-23 8:59 pm   Permalink

I know, I was just kidding. Witco got their wood from their own backyard, in Washington, and Oregon, but also further up North, from Canada, I believe.

I don't know where Bosko and Keigs are getting their wood for their Witco style carvings from, I bet swamp cedar is not the only type that works.


 
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Swamp Tiki
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Posted: 2006-08-24 11:55 am   Permalink

Roger that. I have worked with what I call a "common cedar" that grows along old roadways and railroad grades. It has a similar grain. Thats what got my curiosity up.

Thanks, man.

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tikipedia
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Posted: 2006-08-26 08:42 am   Permalink

What is the consistency of Witco wood? Is it heavy and dense?

I am asking because I came across a large carved wooden key (about two feet long). It looked like a jailer's key, and had the heavy wood grain you find in Witco carvings. When I picked it up, the key had very light weight. I didn't get it, but have wondered if it was actually a Witco.
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keigs20
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Posted: 2006-08-27 3:26 pm   Permalink

tikipedia witco did make some carved keys. A lot of witco items are pretty light the cedar is old and dry. Here are a few of our Witco items. Found mostly in thrift shops and ebay.


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SilverLine
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Posted: 2006-08-30 6:34 pm   Permalink

These little guys are about 8-10 inches tall, LOOK and FEEL like Witco, but are they??


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Sneakytiki
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Posted: 2006-08-30 10:58 pm   Permalink

Swamp Cedar grows in the SE USA the midwest and parts of Canada, i don't think WITCO mfgd using cedar from Washington state. Ironic that.

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