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The show me your Witco thread.
sippygrl
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Joined: Jun 08, 2008
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Posted: 2008-06-08 6:21 pm   Permalink

The house,is kinda cool without any furniture at all.The story...a friend called and asked if I would like some furniture that they had in storage.I had no idea what it looked like,when they brought it over I was in shock. Just add some drinks,friends and good food and you feel like a king/queen.I think maybe the original seats were covered with gold velvet material.

 
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TIKI DAVID
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From: North Coast/ DEAD
Posted: 2008-06-09 1:42 pm   Permalink

LOL why is it like pulling teeth to get some in here to tell what part of the country they are in? not asking for home address and zip for crying out loud. just the general part of the country. gezzzzz......
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BigRedTiki
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Joined: Jan 14, 2007
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From: Fremont, Nebraska
Posted: 2008-06-12 08:27 am   Permalink

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On 2008-06-08 12:56, keigs20 wrote:
Mfachman, both of those items are Witco. Bill tells me they sold a ton of the carved swords, cool finds.
Sippygrl, I really like the way you have the room set up it looks great!!!



I was somewhat confident that both were Witco, but thank you for the confirmation keigs20! I appologize for my ignorance in advance, but who exactly is your source?


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TikiTres
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Joined: May 28, 2008
Posts: 263
From: Forney, TX
Posted: 2008-06-12 09:02 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-12 08:27, mfachman wrote:
I was somewhat confident that both were Witco, but thank you for the confirmation keigs20! I appologize for my ignorance in advance, but who exactly is your source?



Ken Pleasant is a sculptor in the Witco style, his wife's grandfather is William Westenhaver, the founder of Witco. Mr. Westenhaver took Ken under his wing and taught him some Witco tricks. You can read more about Ken and see his work on his web site:

http://www.pleasanttiki.com/

I believe Ken also collects Witco. He's about the best source you can expect to run across!


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hala bullhiki
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Joined: Nov 26, 2002
Posts: 570
From: champaign,illinois
Posted: 2008-06-24 8:36 pm   Permalink

just got this from the aku tiki room auction:




 
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woofmutt
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 2601
From: Seattilite Telstar
Posted: 2008-06-25 08:26 am   Permalink

(I posted this originally in a thread in Bilge but it may be of interest to this thread. I don't know Witco well enough to certify the artwork below.)


The Hobnobber in Burien, Washington (12 or so miles south of Seattle) is an old tavern probably built (or last remodeled) in the mid 60s-early 70s. It's become cluttered with cheap beer signs and inflatable beer promo crap but it's obvious The Hobnobber was once a nice tavern.

Most interesting was the original decor still on the walls (photographed with my phone):


There are two of these king chess pieces by the pool tables. The kings are probably around 3 feet tall, not counting the frame. (The other one faces the opposite direction.)



In the main area there are two musical instrument pieces also around 3 feet tall. The other instrument is different from this. (Both their tops are covered by really exciting inflated Budweiser Nascars.)



Closer look. The original orange paint is still there under decades of smoke and dust.






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BigRedTiki
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Joined: Jan 14, 2007
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From: Fremont, Nebraska
Posted: 2008-06-25 08:35 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-12 09:02, TikiTres wrote:
Quote:

On 2008-06-12 08:27, mfachman wrote:
I was somewhat confident that both were Witco, but thank you for the confirmation keigs20! I appologize for my ignorance in advance, but who exactly is your source?



Ken Pleasant is a sculptor in the Witco style, his wife's grandfather is William Westenhaver, the founder of Witco. Mr. Westenhaver took Ken under his wing and taught him some Witco tricks. You can read more about Ken and see his work on his web site:

http://www.pleasanttiki.com/

I believe Ken also collects Witco. He's about the best source you can expect to run across!




Excellent! Thanks to the both of you!
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TikiTres
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From: Forney, TX
Posted: 2008-06-25 2:45 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-06-25 08:26, woofmutt wrote:
I don't know Witco well enough to certify the artwork below.




Good eye, those are most definitely Witco. The two pieces that you mentioned as kings are actually probably a king and a queen. The queen usually looks pretty masculine, so it's an easy mistake to make


 
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TIKI DAVID
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From: North Coast/ DEAD
Posted: 2008-06-25 4:58 pm   Permalink

look what i found today, stuffed away in the back of some second floor storage room of a run-down bar/night club.




father and son?
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TIKI DAVID
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Posted: 2008-06-25 5:03 pm   Permalink

found these yesterday ,but did not buy them.a little pricey since this store 'discovered' "WITCO"



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tikiyaki
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Joined: May 18, 2004
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2008-06-25 5:50 pm   Permalink

Man. I wanna be like all the cool kids and own a Witco.

I don't even won a Bosko, and he's my favorite Tiki Carver. I need to get my priorities straight.
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TikiTres
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From: Forney, TX
Posted: 2008-06-26 07:45 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-25 16:58, TIKI DAVID wrote:
look what i found today, stuffed away in the back of some second floor storage room of a run-down bar/night club.



SERIOUSLY??? Wow! That is one awesome fountain. Man, you must have some kind of space-age Witco radar with all the stuff you scare up


 
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TIKI DAVID
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From: North Coast/ DEAD
Posted: 2008-06-27 11:55 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-26 07:45, TikiTres wrote:
Quote:

On 2008-06-25 16:58, TIKI DAVID wrote:
look what i found today, stuffed away in the back of some second floor storage room of a run-down bar/night club.



SERIOUSLY??? Wow! That is one awesome fountain. Man, you must have some kind of space-age Witco radar with all the stuff you scare up


i just keep my eyes and ears open ,and ask questions. and ,oh yeah,play dumb.
'every piece has a story.'

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TIKI DAVID
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From: North Coast/ DEAD
Posted: 2008-06-27 12:06 pm   Permalink


i am told, by those in the know, that the red tounge on my tiki of fortune fountain may not be original to the piece. good thing i have a spare parts inventory.




found this tounge on a witco fountain that was outdoors for years and totally rotted.the tounge was the only thing worth saving.i thought if i never find my MAINLANDER i could carve my own and use an original tounge.
anyway ,i kinda like the red one. the hose runs through it ,not under.

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Psycho Tiki D
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Joined: Oct 13, 2006
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From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2008-06-27 4:53 pm   Permalink

I found this piece today...


Before!


After first cleaning. Still needs a little TLC to some spots on the finish!
This appears to be missing the knobs? Anyhow, before tiki hammer says it, I will say it, "WTF did I buy this for?

As a side note: On my way home after finding this item, I found this little guy...

While I was driving back home from the purchase of the Witco Guitar, I was on San Juan Blvd (we jokingly refer to this street as the San Juan 500)! Up ahead of me were three cars that drove over the top of this little fella (Thank God he was in the middle of the lane) and I saw him and stopped in the middle of the passing lane and picked him up. Not much animal life survives the San Juan 500 (as evidenced by the squashed possum 500 ft away) so he is one lucky little guy.

This is a post veterinary visit photo and he is recuperating well: flea treatment, tapeworm treatment, ear mite treatment, blood tests, shots and rectal thermometer shoved up his ass; at 1.85 lbs, I give you the newest member of the Psycho Tiki D cat clan; WITCO the Cat!

P.S. I think tiki hammer will probably tell me to sell the Witco to pay for WITCO? Nah!


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