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Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1798
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-05-08 11:23 am   Permalink

Dig it!

 
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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2013-05-08 11:41 am   Permalink

That's it, get all that eclectic goodness in one place!

 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Joined: Jul 03, 2011
Posts: 775
From: NJ
Posted: 2013-05-08 6:52 pm   Permalink

Thanks for posting the pictures of your other tikis! I love them. I can imagine how hard to carve the potting soil ones but can't beat that price and I agree, the texture is excellent.
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Gwen
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Joined: Mar 20, 2013
Posts: 64
From: Northern California
Posted: 2014-03-14 6:42 pm   Permalink

Greetings, All. I haven't been on here in forever, but I have finally gotten around to doing a few projects that I have long wanted to tackle, and wanted to share. You can see them both in the photos. One is my large, Witco inspired concrete tiki fountain. It stands five feet tall. He has a free standing basin at his feet rather than the cascading bowls that most Witco fountains had, because of the technical issues of working with concrete. The other is my reproduction Witco fire dancers. I just finished this yesterday and was so fired up about getting it on the wall that I have done so without getting it framed yet. If anyone has any questions about the making of these things, I will be happy to answer.









 
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tobunga
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Joined: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 1024
Posted: 2014-03-14 7:59 pm   Permalink

Aloha Gwen!

Thanks for the update on your work! I missed your hypertufa tiki pieces until now (and never heard of hypertufa until now... uh oh, I feel an exploration into a new media coming on... but I digress...)

They look great! I love how you worked your first hypertufa piece into your amazing triptych painting! Or was it the other way around? Which one came first?

The fountain looks fabulous! (here's a dumb question) It's an actual fountain? (you don't have to answer that) Was it hard working out the fountain logistics with concrete?

The Witco fire dancers look great! What sort of framing are you considering for them?

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Gwen
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Joined: Mar 20, 2013
Posts: 64
From: Northern California
Posted: 2014-03-14 8:48 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the kind words, Eric. The tiki came before painting. Yes, the fountain is functional, or will be. I made the drain hole in the basin kind of small, so it can't handle a large volume of water. I have found, alas, that small pumps don't have enough oomph to lift water that high, and larger pumps move more water than the drain can handle. There is a third pump I will be trying which may strike the perfect medium- otherwise I will have to redo the basin. Live and learn. So yes, working out the logistics of it all were a little challenging. A big issue is that despite my best efforts to keep the weight down, that is still one SERIOUSLY heavy tiki. I hope to make another in the months to with a much larger hollow at the core. Live and learn.....
I want the frame for the fire dancers to be just like the original Witco ones- simple, narrow wood.

BTW, want to add that the fountain is not actually hypertufa, but rather a mix of two parts vermiculite to one part portland cement. It is lighter than hypertufa.


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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 3365
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-03-15 8:03 pm   Permalink

Me like, a lot
Kool room fo sho
What's in the TV? I can't make it out...

Jon
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Gwen
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Joined: Mar 20, 2013
Posts: 64
From: Northern California
Posted: 2014-03-15 10:49 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-03-15 20:03, hang10tiki wrote:
Me like, a lot
Kool room fo sho
What's in the TV? I can't make it out...

Jon




There is a snake in there, Jon. Only one channel, but always cool.


 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 3365
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-03-17 10:12 am   Permalink

That's awesome.....

These mugs would be kool in THE TV CAGE










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Gwen
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Joined: Mar 20, 2013
Posts: 64
From: Northern California
Posted: 2014-03-17 4:15 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-03-17 10:12, hang10tiki wrote:
That's awesome.....

These mugs would be kool in THE TV CAGE









Yes! Especially the cobra one...



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