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Official Introductions Thread. New Members, Post your introduction here...
packard51kb
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Joined: Jan 01, 2010
Posts: 1
Posted: 2010-01-01 2:23 pm   Permalink

Hello, i have been trying to find out history on a tiki chair in my house i bought it at a thrift store for 20.00 3 years ago and i was looking at an elvis book and saw his jungle room furniture matches my chair. we call our chair the ugly chair but i just recieved an email from ken pleasant saying my chair is a marco polo chair by witco does anybody know what it is worth should i not let the family play on it? we love it but want to know the history. like what year it was made and how much it is worth. thank you kim


 
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Psycho Tiki D
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Joined: Oct 13, 2006
Posts: 1840
From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2010-01-01 6:27 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-01-01 14:23, packard51kb wrote:
Hello, i have been trying to find out history on a tiki chair in my house i bought it at a thrift store for 20.00 3 years ago and i was looking at an elvis book and saw his jungle room furniture matches my chair. we call our chair the ugly chair but i just recieved an email from ken pleasant saying my chair is a marco polo chair by witco does anybody know what it is worth should i not let the family play on it? we love it but want to know the history. like what year it was made and how much it is worth. thank you kim




Is that a dead guy on the couch on the right? As far as the chair goes, it is a Witco and you got a good deal on it for $20.00, although some here may not agree. Don't know the fair market value on that particular chair, but keep your family off of it, in fact, don't even let them look at it.

All kidding aside, welcome to Tiki Central!

PTD


 
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Zombie Eric
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Joined: Jan 02, 2010
Posts: 1
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2010-01-02 12:12 am   Permalink

Hello everyone!

My name is Eric, I am new to carving, only done a couple small (fits in your hand) pieces.
I finally decided to get serious and see what I can create, picked up some real tools other than my knife haha.

One of my only questions regarding carving wood tiki is: What kinds of wood are better for good hand tool carving? Are certain palm trees better or worse? Here in vegas, we have an abundance of palm, of all kinds.

Look forward to learning from all of you, and one day, posting my first attempt at a log.

-Zombie Eric

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Trader Bob
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Joined: Nov 29, 2009
Posts: 75
From: Gold Coast, tropical paradise
Posted: 2010-01-04 3:26 pm   Permalink

Hi Everyone
I am so glad I found this site! I have long been a fan of kustom kulture, old school "home garage built" hot rods, rockerbilly, women's roller derby, Sailor Jerry Tattoos, and all the other great things in life! I have always lived on the beach and growing up on the north shore Sydney Australia (Narrabeen), I was exposed to and loved the surf culture. We had a local surf mentor who was a real character, he loved the south seas island lifestyle and built his house and yard into a little Hawaii. He had a little thatch hut in the back yard and and all sorts of old maritime stuff on the walls and all over the place, we used to go for a surf and leave or boards at his place, we always knew they would be safe there, his wife used to tolerate our comings and goings and we would occasionally help out around the place. I moved away in my early twenty's and lost contact. I heard he passed away a few years back. and the place was sold and got trashed for a new fancy millionaires joint! The story is so familiar.
I now live on the Gold Coast It is shadow of itself from the 50's glory days. It used to have Florida like buildings and wonderful architecture. even had a Tiki Village! Its all gone in the name of modernism (puke)I just bought a house of my own (mortgage) and I have started my own Tiki/Maritime room and bar. I want to relive my youth a bit and hopefully pass on my love for this culture and lifestyle to my kids.
This forum is a gold mine of ideas and how to's it has definately made my job easier and for that I am grateful.
Trader Bob...


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Shipwreck Dean
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Joined: Jan 10, 2010
Posts: 1
From: New England
Posted: 2010-01-10 10:25 am   Permalink

Greatings everyone,
I have been reading the forums for about 5 years but decided recently to register so that I can actually interact with everyone. I live near Boston, MA and I have carved a couple tikis and I am gathering information to build a bar/tiki paradise in my backyard. I am excited after seeing all of the great tiki creations. Catch you in the forums.

Dean
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Tikifan1
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Dec 24, 2009
Posts: 70
From: Missouri
Posted: 2010-01-10 11:56 am   Permalink

Hi all you tiki fanatics,
My name is Tim and I'm also entranced by the tiki culture. I'm located in land locked Missouri in the US. I have always been one of those people that when I see a tiki somewhere I have to check it out and say "Damn that's cool!" I just recently snagged a couple mugs, and I think I may be hooked on the mug collecting scene.. I am still very much new to the forums here, but man I noticed a lot of good info, and resources listed. I'll be around for quite awhile methinks. Just wanted to pop in and say Hiya! Mahalo~ Tim
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metaltiki
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jan 13, 2010
Posts: 17
From: Binghamton,NY
Posted: 2010-01-14 07:54 am   Permalink

Hi all I am new to the board. I am from upstate NY and love to travel when I can. Usually my family and I travel from NY to Fl or NY to Jamaica were my wife is from. We love the tropical seen and can't wait to get back to it as soon as we reach back home here in NY. I am a freelance metal artist and I love Tiki's I am hoping that I can learn more about them being I have never really been around them. My choice of medium is metals so therefore I usually make all of my stuff out of it. My other big interest is of traditional Hot Rods and it seems that there are a lot of Tikis within this realm from what I can see and this is one reason that I have been drawn to the Tiki. Currently I had done a Stainless Steel mask that was donated to Habilitat in Hawaii. I am truly excited that they accepted my piece and hung it up in there facility. Well I am excited to be on this board as well as I am looking forward to learning more about Tiki stuff.

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DGG
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Joined: Jan 18, 2010
Posts: 3
Posted: 2010-01-18 10:29 am   Permalink

New guy has arrived. Very cool site here!

Dario


 
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bigtikidude
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 9184
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2010-01-18 11:08 am   Permalink

Hey Dario,
welcome aboard, I'm kinda surprised to see you here,
But cool none the less.

Jeff(btd)





 
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Papasan
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Joined: Jan 23, 2010
Posts: 2
Posted: 2010-01-23 10:19 pm   Permalink

Greetings Cold War Survivors! Papasan here to share in the Savage Magic that is Tiki!

A quick, terrible-quality video of my Tiki Hut:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHsX56WRrBY

Keep it Friki!!!



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Zeta
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Joined: Feb 13, 2007
Posts: 2102
From: Atlantis/Basque Country/Spain/Mexico
Posted: 2010-01-23 10:24 pm   Permalink

Aloha Papasan! Welcome amigo!
The video is funny! Jaja!


 
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TennesseeTiki
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Joined: Jan 20, 2010
Posts: 10
From: The land of the Delta Blues
Posted: 2010-01-25 1:02 pm   Permalink

Aloha to all, a newbie here.
I have been hanging around the forums for about two years now trying to absorb some of the knowledge/information flying around while I work on my Tiki collection. Now it's time to come out and join the crowd.
Growing up here in the alternate universe of Elvis in the 60's and 70's we only had one claim to fame as far as a Polynesian or Hawaiian establishment was concerned, but it was a good one. Steve Crane located one of his Luau restaurants here and I took complete advantage of it to impress the females. The atmosphere, music, exotic nature and drinks (lets not forget the drinks)plus the 18 yr. old drinking age made my life great, and I never forgot. 35 years later I take up Scuba Diving, start traveling to islands to pursue my hobby and rediscover that old vibe everywhere I go. New but not for long.


 
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Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 5031
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-01-25 11:31 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-01-25 13:02, TennesseeTiki wrote:
Steve Crane located one of his Luau restaurants here ...



TT,

Welcome aboard, you need to hook up with Swanky, the King of Tennessee Tiki.

Now as for the Luau from Steve Crane being in Tennessee, you are going to have to do your research a little better before you post.

It was a Dobbs House Luau in Tennessee and the subject of much discussion here.
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=22266&forum=2&start=15&hilite=dobbs house

DC


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TennesseeTiki
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Joined: Jan 20, 2010
Posts: 10
From: The land of the Delta Blues
Posted: 2010-01-26 10:25 am   Permalink

Yea, I sure dropped the swizzle stick on that. Thoroughness is my new mantra.
From what I've seen on this site Swanky is definitely up on his tiki and a wealth of information. A trip to the eastern part of our fine state might be in my future.
TT

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Smilodonna
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Joined: Jan 28, 2010
Posts: 3
From: Washington & Montana
Posted: 2010-01-28 8:16 pm   Permalink

Aloha all!

I have just spent the better part of the day discovering the forum, and I'm hooked. I'm a long-time fan of tikis and beach/tropical motifs in art and decor, but I'm brand new to participating in the culture T.C. is built around. Heck, I only bought my first nice tiki mugs about a week ago (thank you, Tiki Farm)! I do have a few things from my family when they lived on Oahu in the 50's (Mom was born over there pre-statehood), but I'm sorry to say we don't have that much left from those days other than stories - which I treasure. Growing up in southern California introduced me to the existence of the current Polynesian pop scene but I never got the chance to get up close & personal with it.

Shrunken heads, grinning skulls, and other fun/dark themes are really my vibe, and I apologize if I trend excessively in that direction. I've tried my hand at a few tiki-related projects in the past, but they always seem to come out spooky ... and not quite T.C. material. Of course, I adore all the Polynesian-inspired tiki-goodness, and can't get enough of it. I'm sure I'll learn a hell of a lot from all of you, and hope to eventually return the favor. Mahalo!


 
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