||The Hard Sell
Joined: Aug 02, 2004
|Posted: 2005-06-29 4:04 pm  Permalink|
For those who sell their work, we should consider ourselves lucky being tiki artists. It is easy to sell something that people want and currently it seems like there is a great demand for tiki stuff. Customers will often wait months even years to get their orders and they don't balk. I guess it is bad to rush the artist. Thank god many clients feel this way.
However, not all customers are easy to satisfy. Recently I got an e-mail from a lady in So-Cal requesting a rush delivery. She needed one in two months as a present to her husband. Since I have a rather large backlog and time is scarce, this was almost an impossible task. Fortunately, I was in the process of making one for a repeat customer that would fit her needs perfectly. I knew its rightful owner wasn't in a rush and wouldn't mind waiting another six months.
This is the tiki that I had in mind for her. Unfortunately, she wasn't into the tongue. Bummer, now I had to start over from scratch and bust some ass.
As a direct result the poor animals up in the mountains had to put up with several hours of extreme chainsawing and generator fumes. Below is what my creation looked like after the chainsawing stage. I sent an image to its potential new care takers, but the purchaser still wasn't sure if she wanted it. This person was a little worried about how she was going to raise enough money, before delivery time, and keep it a secret from her husband.
After sanding away until my fingers were numb, the tiki below is starting to look up to par.
Now finally, she decided to buy and sent me a check. I was stoked because I had neither the desire or the time to create her another one from scratch. However, she had one more request, that I carve a heart with their names in it; written in Hawaiian. Having gone through business school it was always drilled into me that you have to give customers what they want,to be successful, so I did it. To respect the privacy of this individual there will not be a picture of this, but I think that it came out great.
Below, you will see the finished product. This bad boy stands around 5 ft tall and is sealed with a marine varnish/ polyeurathane combo. It is rather unstable, due to its less than small diameter. I am relived that this tiki is going to be adopted to a good home. They are going to give him(her) a killer vantage point atop their backyard waterfall.
Currently, I am in the process of making a tiki coffee table using three small tikis connected at the base with a beautiful redwood burl. I will post some pictures after I get back from vacation. Thank you for reading my legnthy topic. I may not be able to reply to anyone until July 20th, so please don't think that I'm a rude jerk.
Joined: Jan 21, 2004
|Posted: 2005-06-29 4:45 pm  Permalink|
Your chainsaw work is amazing, I wish I could see you carve in person. If i was a customer i would wait as long as it took.
|The Sperm Whale|
Joined: Aug 23, 2004
From: Lakewood California
|Posted: 2005-06-29 4:53 pm  Permalink|
Joined: Oct 31, 2003
|Posted: 2005-06-29 5:19 pm  Permalink|
Customers will often wait months even years to get their orders and they don't balk.
Will, I do hope that some day your tiki universe collides with mine and leaves behind some of them fine customers.
Another cool tiki, and a good story to go with it. Just one question. Where did you carve the heart?
The laid-back NYer
Joined: Sep 02, 2003
From: Orlando Florida
|Posted: 2005-06-29 5:34 pm  Permalink|
Sweet work, I love those deep cuts!
Joined: Sep 30, 2004
From: S. Chatham, MA
|Posted: 2005-06-29 7:18 pm  Permalink|
Killer Willer, Love it.
I think I wanna drive over and get some of that redwood. That interior is awesome, I love that orangey look.
s U r F i N t i k i
Joined: Dec 02, 2003
|Posted: 2005-06-29 9:55 pm  Permalink|
Very fine work... Nice clean lines and great detail!
Joined: Jul 09, 2004
From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
|Posted: 2005-06-29 10:26 pm  Permalink|
And yet another fine SCTiki. Enjoy your trip to Europe, you lucky dog!
"Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness."
Joined: Aug 02, 2004
|Posted: 2005-06-30 08:49 am  Permalink|
Thank you guys,
Like I said before, it is all the plugs, from the talented artists that you all are, that keeps me inspired. As you know, it is a lot of fun to create these monsters, but it can also be very physically induring. Sometimes I need a little help from posts that you all create and the local flora around here to keep me creative. (if you know what I mean)
Right now I am at work and am looking at this post. The pictures are all x'ed out. Do any of you know why that is happening? It was working fine yesterday.
I wish you all an excellent July and look forward to reading many new posts upon my return.
Hopefully, one day all of us Creating Tiki, Tiki Centralites will get together and have a big bash. I think Costa Rica would be a good venue.
Joined: Jun 13, 2004
From: Tampa Bay
|Posted: 2005-06-30 5:14 pm  Permalink|