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Bamboo Ben Masterpiece
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Joined: Nov 09, 2004
Posts: 3683
From: The thumb !
Posted: 2006-02-23 07:45 am   Permalink

Those rooms look good with nothing in them. Its the first tikified room with nothing on the walls that I absolutely love .

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Hau 'oli Tiki
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Joined: Feb 03, 2005
Posts: 410
From: Lamegoona Hills, CA
Posted: 2006-02-24 3:34 pm   Permalink

Cheese and Crackers!!
I keep hearing Danny Devido singing "Tonight is your night, bro"... (from Twins, when he's getting ready for his date and knows he's gettin some...The Mr sings it when I don a certain costume...)
"Always take hold of things by the smooth handle."
Thomas Jefferson

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7918
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2006-03-21 10:06 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Freaks!

While up in the Bay Area the last 2 weeks for the FI build out, I slipped out for a day to go to Tiki Lee's and "kill the last of the white walls" in a closet. The "Hideaway" is arrrrr-some! Tiki Lee has added more art and a few more vintage Trader Vics goodies. Oh, and a tiki carved by some Crazy Guy. I'm sure there will be photos up here and there in the future of the completed room, etc.

It's been a pleasure being able to create this room for such a creative client ( and friend now). I feel truly blessed by the tiki gods.




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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 04, 2003
Posts: 2385
From: Vista, CA
Posted: 2006-03-21 12:31 pm   Permalink

Its nice be recognized for good work.


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Mr. Dale
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Joined: Jan 26, 2004
Posts: 300
From: a garage somewhere in Arvada, Colorado
Posted: 2006-03-21 1:51 pm   Permalink

Good golly man....you are a creative mother!
Beautiful work.

"How do I know which wallet is yours?"

"Its the one that says Creative Mother F----r"

Ya really only need two things.....a full belly, and a happy skull.

-Happy Skull-ptures---

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Tiki Lee
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Joined: May 30, 2002
Posts: 34
From: Kentfield, CA
Posted: 2006-03-22 8:16 pm   Permalink

Sorry I've gone so long without updated photos! I was waiting for some final things to click into place. One of things has finally clicked into place -- all seven feet of him -- but I promised Crazy Al I wouldn't put up any photos until the Grand Unveiling...

Suffice to say, the room is awesome. We've already had a few guests stay in the room, and they love it. It's also proven to be quite a litmus test as to whether or not we want to be friends with new people. Most of our family, friends, and other people who see it love it. But occasionally we get someone like my next door neighbor, who looked around the room with his hands on his hips and finally muttered, "huh." Some people have a way with Tiki, others not have way.

I've also been waiting for a chair and ottoman that I ordered from Kelly's Place in Long Beach... unfortunately, she's been really flaking out on me. I've paid her $900 and she's been promising the thing for months now. Not quite sure what to do. I may have to take it up with my credit card company. Anyone have any experience with her?


Tiki Lee

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Hau 'oli Tiki
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Joined: Feb 03, 2005
Posts: 410
From: Lamegoona Hills, CA
Posted: 2006-03-27 7:19 pm   Permalink

Oh Yeah! And you get paid for this?!?! Sweet.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 20, 2004
Posts: 1784
From: Orlando
Posted: 2006-03-28 07:31 am   Permalink

Well, let's see... the web site's down. Probably not a good thing.

Revised: Site back up now. Guess is was temporary. Thought for a moment there that Tiki Lee should kiss that $900 goodbye.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Dec 28, 2005
Posts: 1689
From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2006-04-09 09:06 am   Permalink

Wow Tiki Lee and Bamboo Ben, it's been such a treat watching this project gradually take shape since I joined Tiki Central. I'm excited to see it develop further and fill up with exotic goodies! Hey, what's with Crazy Al being so secretive? The suspense is killing me! It's hard to believe a man who regularly stands on one foot twirling an axe could suddenly become shy!

While reading your previous post wondering if your original bedroom set would clash, I remembered Frank Lloyd Wright used to design most of the furnishings for his spaces to fit them precisely. Ben is such a remarkably gifted craftsman I'm sure he would build a bed fit for a king (Kamehameha!)

Mahalo for sharing. - HodadHank

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 29, 2006
Posts: 115
From: montreal
Posted: 2006-04-13 5:35 pm   Permalink

This is truly amazing. You both did a fantastic job.

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crazy al
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Joined: Jun 25, 2002
Posts: 1872
From: CA
Posted: 2006-04-13 10:24 pm   Permalink

Alright then....... introducing......
Crazy AL Tiki#107-111! the "Lee Tiki Tree"
(play on the word 'Family Tree')

you think this seven foot sweetie looks great on the cover of Tiki Magazine...(ok.. i'm only 6'1")... You should see it in Ben's(aka Lee's)awesome Tiki ROooooomm!!!!!! and i suspect you will soon.

Ben had a lot to do with the creation of this seven month wonder.... mostly in the concept of 5 tikis in one.... then there was the use of his palm logs... the use of his parking lot... the use of his electricity... the use of his friendly neighbors' tools, hospitality, and encouragement....

Lee had everything else to do with his Tiki... If there were only a Lee Tiki for every one of my tiki carving adventures. Lee You Are The Best.... Lee even help me get the cover of Tiki Magazine shot. His encouragement was unlimited and so appreciated by my wacky work ethic.

BEN and LEE RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrr skeeeeeeeeeeee Barr Harrrrrrrrrrr!!!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 3691
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2006-04-13 11:12 pm   Permalink

Holy moley! That's not just a tiki, it's a TIKI! It's a spectacle! That's really, really cool, C'Al -- congratulations, and well done. Can't wait to see pics of it in place, and big mahalos to Tiki Lee not just for supporting tiki art, but being willing to share it with us.


Critiki - Critiki News - Ooga-Mooga

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Tiki Lee
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Joined: May 30, 2002
Posts: 34
From: Kentfield, CA
Posted: 2006-04-14 06:46 am   Permalink

Okay, now that the magazine is finally out, I can break my silence. No, the room is still not completely done (although we're down to the finest of finest details), but the centerpiece of the room IS finally done, and Al and I can finally share it with you. You've now seen Crazy Al's amazing tiki on the cover of tiki magazine, but now you can see it in its rightful home -- our tiki hideaway. I carefully documented the tiki's arrival and installation last month, and I've shared some of the photos in the gallery. With Al's permission, I'll later share photos of the tiki's carving, as well as of the Tiki Magazine cover photo shoot.

Al did an incredible job. Is it his best tiki? That's for him to decide. But it will always be my favorite. Al designed the tiki around my family -- the guy on the bottom symbolizes me, holding up my family above. My wife stands on my head, cradling my young son (well-endowed, thanks Al...). In my two hands are my two daughters. I have a family of five. Al carefully worked this idea of fives into the tiki, just as meticulously as Bamboo Ben worked the idea of fives into the room itself.

This weekend I'll take some detail shots of the tiki -- the devil's in the details, and Al spared no expense. There's abalone inlay all over the tiki, and its just gorgeous.

I thank Ben, I thank Al, I thank everyone who appreciates the work that has gone into this room. As you can well imagine, we love it. It's far beyond how we ever dared to dream it could be. I went to the best, and I got the best.

After the link, scroll to the end of the thumbnails for the tiki installation shots. FYI, I also added captions to all the prior photos.


-- Tiki Lee

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 04, 2005
Posts: 541
From: Boca Raton, FL
Posted: 2006-04-14 07:58 am   Permalink

Absolutely the most incredible, outstanding, stunning and moxie filled room I've ever seen. The tiki....I have no words...
"He who does anything because it is the custom makes no choice."

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10397
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-04-14 08:38 am   Permalink

WOW, TikiLee, you are so Blessed. You definitely got the best. The room is Awesome and the tiki is Awesome and that only Begins to describe it........ Ben, Absolutely top knotch but typical work for you,just a bit better than normal. I think you left some of your heart in that home for ALL to see, Thanks....C'Al, you too left no holds barred. that tiki is just plain Spectacular, a few cuts beyond your normal work. The detail is beyond description. You too left a lot of heart and soul there, uncovered, for all to see. What a team. Tiki Lee, youmust have the right stuffabout you to get this level of work from these two jokers, My hat's off to you, Congrats.
Again all I can say is WOW!

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