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Hula Sue's South Seas Hideaway
Trader Bob
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Joined: Nov 29, 2009
Posts: 75
From: Gold Coast, tropical paradise
Posted: 2009-12-04 8:07 pm   Permalink

Great to see your back! I was suffering withdrawal symptoms!
Absolutely fantastic work. People like yourself give inspiration to all of us and I myself am truly great full. Its a pity there are a few pests along the way. Are their moderators on this forum that can block scumbags from posting trash?
I have only been a member for a few days and have learned more in that time than I have in a year or so.
Keep posting man your work is awesome!
Trader Bob

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Joined: Jan 28, 2008
Posts: 12
From: Atlanta GA
Posted: 2009-12-09 08:42 am   Permalink

I am seriously envious of you. I wish I had a space to have a bar like that. Oh well, I guess I just have to drool over your pictures for now. Keep up the great work.

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Joined: Jun 03, 2009
Posts: 329
From: Japan
Posted: 2009-12-09 9:56 pm   Permalink

I love the detail in that bar from your idea to do the portholes to the lighting behind the figurehead.

"I could be a professional writer if I put my mind to it. A bitter, angry hack that starts fistfights at cocktail parties- I could do that job."
-Daria M.

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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
Posts: 1013
From: Ohio
Posted: 2009-12-10 3:15 pm   Permalink

My Main Man is back! The bar is gorgeous, with beautiful, loverly lighting.

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Trader Bob
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Joined: Nov 29, 2009
Posts: 75
From: Gold Coast, tropical paradise
Posted: 2009-12-19 7:48 pm   Permalink

It's been a while. Hope your still posting!
Did you make your own Tapa cloth or did you buy it? Living in Australia it is a bit of a hassle getting hold of tiki bar building supplies you guys have Benson's, Oceanic arts, Franks cane and rush. and other places We have zip and none. freight and shipping charges are very expensive so we have to make our own stuff. Thatch Lahala matting floats and all that other stuff we have to import or find at trash markets or antique dealers who want a weeks pay for a 12 inch fishing float. Its even hard just to get hold of some Bamboo! Any way I need some Tapa cloth and if you made yours I would sure be great full if you gave us a little "how to" post.
Thanks....Trader Bob
South Seas, Australia

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Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 6166
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2009-12-26 11:01 am   Permalink

Wow...it is looking just awesome. Love your angles and lighting.

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Mr. Pupu Pants
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Joined: Mar 06, 2008
Posts: 337
From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2009-12-29 12:39 am   Permalink

Thanks very much, my excellent friends!
Here are a few more recent pictures of work on the booth map.

The 'cyc' wall behind the booth is painted with a base color of dark blue granite textured paint from Home Depot into which I added several packets of metal 'sparkle' flakes.

The shallow water areas around the island will be painted with a lighter blue-green version. I'll also be adding a large map compass, painted island names and travel routes and a number of chalkware wall plaques as map 'icons' (fish, hula girls, tikis, hibiscus flowers, palm trees, etc).
There will be an ornate wood and bamboo border around the edge of the map.

The islands are made from carved in relief out of insulation styrofoam that was then primed, puttied and primed several more times to create a thick skin. It'll be painted to match the topography of the islands.

The sill around the back edge of the booth will be transformed into a sandy, undersea terrain with random terraced areas to display the shell and plant 'T.V.' lamps that see you see in a few of the pictures.

The ceiling will have a wrap-around awning that parallels the shape of the booth riser on the floor. The booth itself will be partially walled in with bamboo poles. As they wrap around to the front, some of them will be shorter pieces mounted from the floor up and from the ceiling down to create a graduated, irregular shaped opening at the front (as though someone cut a large hole out of the bamboo wall to view the booth).

The floor will eventually be painted to look like stone and the concrete steps will be chipped and ground with a grinder to create the appearance of mis-shapen stone.

Lots more work to do but it's coming along.

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Joined: Jul 29, 2006
Posts: 385
From: Maryland (Land of Pleasant Tiki Living)
Posted: 2009-12-29 03:08 am   Permalink

On 2009-12-29 00:39, Mr. Pupu Pants wrote:

VERY COOL!!! Thortiki

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: May 04, 2007
Posts: 90
From: Pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 2009-12-29 05:59 am   Permalink


INCREDIBLE!! The map is definitely a highlight of the room, especially the location above the booth, that's just classic. Your work is so inspiring to me, I can't wait to get started on my own room, hopefully soon...Thanks for coming back and posting updates!!



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Iokona Ki'i
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Joined: Nov 14, 2008
Posts: 816
From: SoCal
Posted: 2009-12-29 10:58 am   Permalink

John, you have such great ideas!
Really looking forward to seeing the
booth area evolve. Looking great so far!

P.S. You asked about the frames for my
velvets on my thread. I can ask my framer
for the info and pass it on to you if you like.

Happy New Year!


Velvets by J. Sallin

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 22, 2008
Posts: 637
From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2009-12-29 11:01 am   Permalink

WOW is in order and a BIG congrats on your wonderous gift of imagination!
The place looks jawdropping allready ,make sure to keep us all motivated and jealous!

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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5862
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2009-12-29 11:20 am   Permalink

Mr. PuPu Pants,
First of all, your name is fun to say.
This thread is a great inspiration and you are a very talented master craftsman.
Thank you for sharing this adventure with us!
What a way to start out 2010.

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Queen Kamehameha
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Joined: Oct 21, 2003
Posts: 1413
From: So Cal
Posted: 2009-12-29 3:03 pm   Permalink

Mr. Pants, what a wonderful project! The whole place is coming together and the attention to detail is amazing!!! Great Job!!!!

Happy New Year !


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Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Mar 30, 2008
Posts: 9283
From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-12-29 4:20 pm   Permalink

Awesome work John! That booth and table is a great find

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Matt Reese
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Joined: May 09, 2005
Posts: 1182
From: San Diego
Posted: 2009-12-29 4:36 pm   Permalink

The level of work you're doing is so inspiring and amazing I can hardly stand it. Beautiful attention to detail. If my place looked that good I'd explode with pride.
Thanks for keeping us all posted with the updates.

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