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What is the most you have spent for one Tiki?
Tiki-Finland
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Joined: Aug 15, 2004
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From: Lappeenranta-Finland
Posted: 2004-08-16 01:32 am   Permalink

Hi everybody:)
I am new member here and I come from Finland. I am new with Tikis too and I found this site by accident:) I have been reading messages and looking wonderfull pictures in here for couple days and I decided to join with you:)

However, the big guestion is what is most money you have spent for one Tiki? I dont mean the money you spent for making it, I mean the money you spent for buying it:)


 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2004-08-16 04:54 am   Permalink

Well since I am a carver, I don't buy many tikis but the most I have Sold one for was $2500.00 He was a big 13 foot maori warrior



He was made from Honduran Mahogany felled by Hurricane Andrew
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cheekytiki
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From: The Haole Hut, London, UK
Posted: 2004-08-16 05:08 am   Permalink

Ben, that sounds like good value for money,whoever bought it. That things HUGE. how long did it take you to carve.
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virani
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
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From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2004-08-16 05:49 am   Permalink

Hei Tiki Finland, good to have a new european tiki fan here.
I think the most I spent was about $150 for some great tiki painting.

By the way, I love Helsinki, one of my favorite city. And I love Finnish litterature, movies, music...
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2004-08-16 06:40 am   Permalink

Cheeky, It WAS Hugeand I spent 30 days working on it all the while working on other carvings as well, so its hard to say. I put about 10 coats of Marine eurathane on it and when I saw it 12 years later, It Still looked really good and the finish seemed as good as new, The owner never did any maint on it, just left it hung on a west facing wall.
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chisel slinger
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Joined: Feb 23, 2004
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From: columbus,ohio
Posted: 2004-08-16 07:55 am   Permalink

$500. on my witco dinning room table with three heavy duty rataan swivel chairs. had to cancel my florida vacation that year, but still what a deal! if anyone has the book, hula girls and tiki gods, by chris pfouts, there's a picture of it in there. great witco tiki as the base.

 
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Tiki_Bong
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Posted: 2004-08-16 08:58 am   Permalink

I sold my soul for an eternal tiki (and I think the seller got ripped off! Go dawg!)

    
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TNTiki
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Joined: May 15, 2004
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From: Knoxville, TN
Posted: 2004-08-16 10:47 am   Permalink



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christiki295
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2004-08-16 7:28 pm   Permalink

Benzart, no price could be worthy of such a mega-tiki!

Like Bong (and I daresay others), I have lost my mind in exchange for tiki.



 
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Swanky
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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2004-08-17 09:20 am   Permalink

I paid $600 for a Guanko tiki (BOT page 248, extreme left in picture) and I paid $2000 for a non-tiki Papua New Guinea artifact. It's not a tiki, but a huge male carving, so, does it count?
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chisel slinger
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From: columbus,ohio
Posted: 2004-08-17 09:58 am   Permalink

of course it counts. its art. does the mona lisa count? it's not made by a machine. it's made by a lifetime of thought, many mistakes, alot of learning, and two busy hands and many hours of hard passionate work.

 
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laney
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Joined: May 20, 2002
Posts: 631
From: orange county CA
Posted: 2004-08-17 10:38 am   Permalink

Oof, easily my first Witco bar! I got it before I knew of Tiki Central. I actually found TC from searching "Witco"

I saw the bar set driving by a retro store in Fullerton, in the window. Everything in this store is expensive, so I didn't even want to ask how much. We hopped out and sat on the stools for a while. I flinched when he told me how much, but then I just did it! I don't treat myself often being such a bargain hunter.

I don't even want to say how much I paid for it, A LOT! But I also know that if I hadn't bought it, I'd still be thinking about it, so I also bought a little piece of mind. I've learned a lot about Witco since then and I think this is one of his very early bars. Someday, Keigs will come down South to visit and tell me more, but from the comparisons to old catalogs it may be a better buy than I thought. It's my favorite of the three I have and came with 3 stools, a large shield, 2 spears, and four masks.

It started my Witco collection so I guess that makes it responsible for even more money spent!


 
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Tiki-Toa
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Joined: May 30, 2004
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From: Somewhere on Planet Tiki
Posted: 2004-08-17 11:30 am   Permalink

Laney is ther pictures of your bar somewhere, I would love to see it if possible. It sounds wonderful.
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McDougall
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Joined: May 02, 2003
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From: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Posted: 2004-08-17 8:48 pm   Permalink

Benzart, that is beautiful! Your carving blows me away more each day. I would appreciate anything you could tell me about that wood, how you cured/prepared it ect...I come across alot of dead Mahogony, but it is very green. How can I use it? How did you prepare that wood? That is one piece!?! Thanks for the picture.

 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2004-08-17 10:18 pm   Permalink

Thanks Higi,
Yes it's one piece of Honduran mahogany. Hurricane Andrew leveled 4 Honduran Mahog trees in a golf course on sunrise out past the turnpike a block or so. (they have more left) I new the tree trimmers who removed the wood and they got paid for dumping it also. So they brought me 3 dump truck loads of this wood.Yuou can carve it fairly fresh, not like our Fla Mahog which is very different and more beautiful. Anyway I carved it and sanses it down to 220 grit with electric soft pad sanders, and just started coating it with marine urethane. I gave it about 12 coats and thet was the key, It hung on a west facing wall for a few years untilthe guy at ODonnels nursery bought itand 2 more, I saw it therre 2 years ago and it was still beautiful. I guess If you bring me the mahogany I will prep it for you and matbe carve it.. Bring it on up.
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