||Johnnyp Tut 2/19
Joined: Nov 23, 2005
From: Attica, MI
|Posted: 2005-11-23 7:00 pm  Permalink|
I’ve been visiting for a while. We are getting our first accumulating snowfall of the year here just north of Detroit MI. I’m sitting here drinking a rum punch remembering how great summer was and I decided to finally join.
We put a pool in last year and this year was the fun part of bringing a little of the tropics to definitely not the tropical climate of Michigan.
This is a view of our pool from our back deck. I did all of the carvings.
Our Tiki Hut
I remember as a young kid being at Disney World with my grandparents and Adventure Land was my favorite. Thanks to Sven’s BOT for the picture and the fond memories it brought back.
Our Tiki Bar
Some of the tikis.
A Leroy inspired piece. Again thanks to BOT.
Ku stopped by. His scowl is worse now he has two inches of snow on his head. He is six and half feet tall.
I hope you enjoyed the tour. I'll post some more when I get time.
edited for spelling- rum does not help spelling!
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Joined: Jan 21, 2004
|Posted: 2005-11-23 7:05 pm  Permalink|
Welcome aboard. You have a great looking yard.
Stick around and share more of your carvings.
Joined: May 09, 2005
From: San Diego
|Posted: 2005-11-23 7:52 pm  Permalink|
Great stuff. So glad you joined us.
Joined: Jul 29, 2005
From: Bucks County, PA
|Posted: 2005-11-23 9:35 pm  Permalink|
Welcome to TC Johnny!
Your private oasis looks like a good place to hang in the summer that is. We are expecting snow tonight also.
I just ordered a pool for the spring and we are in the planning stages of where the Tikis will go. A 4' spitting Moai is completed with many more to come.
Thanks for sharing!
DEVLAR SURF SESSIONS
Joined: Nov 04, 2005
From: Boca Raton, FL
|Posted: 2005-11-24 04:57 am  Permalink|
Looks fantastic, fun and rum drink approved. Welcome
Joined: Jun 01, 2004
From: wisconsin northwoods
|Posted: 2005-11-24 06:24 am  Permalink|
Another Northern tier Tikiphile...welcome aboard! Impressed with your carvings...nice
variety of styles....I really like the guys above your hut!
Joined: Jan 09, 2004
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
|Posted: 2005-11-24 07:23 am  Permalink|
Welcome to Tiki Central, JohnnyP,
Where have you been for so long? Obviously you have been carving tikis fro awhile and have carved some Excellent ones at that. Methinks you should get more logs and create more tikis.
Joined: Sep 17, 2003
From: Volcanic area of France
|Posted: 2005-11-24 07:38 am  Permalink|
really cool backyard. Can we come for drinks ?
Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
|Posted: 2005-11-24 07:50 am  Permalink|
Your own little Adventureland, great job! What I always am interested in is:
What do neighbours, family or visitiors say that do not know Tiki when they are faced with such a "strange" wonderland?
I know Detroit has a small Tiki scene, but I am sure there are many Tiki village builders whose tropical havens are completely isolated islands in the sub-urban sea of conformity.
Joined: May 11, 2004
|Posted: 2005-11-24 07:57 am  Permalink|
Northern tikiphiles unite! Maybe if we create enough tiki in the Midwest we can bring the winter temps up a few degrees. We should have bamboo and palm tree forests growing in no time.
Your yard looks terrific and you should be proud as hell. If you ever get down our way stop by the Leeward Lounge for a drink or two. (here's the bar I'm building http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=14116&forum=7&86 )
Please visit my new website, Leeward Lounge Ukuleles
Joined: Mar 26, 2002
From: Long Beach, CA
|Posted: 2005-11-24 10:05 am  Permalink|
Welcome aboard! Nice looking yard space...!
Joined: Sep 14, 2004
From: Sydney, Australia
|Posted: 2005-11-25 03:21 am  Permalink|
Cool yard - looks like a good spot to spend many an afternoon with a drink in hand. You should fit right in
Joined: Nov 23, 2005
From: Attica, MI
|Posted: 2005-11-25 1:07 pm  Permalink|
What a warm welcome. Thanks a lot. I appreciate all the kind comments coming from the very talented individuals this site has!!!!
BigBroTiki- To answer your question about the reactions people have, I get the whole range of responses, from “Wow, this is really cool!“ to the “this guy is weird” looks. We live out in the country and our yard is not in sight of any the neighbours so we don’t have the “neighbour-hood convention” thing to worry about. You mentioned Detroit has a minor Tiki scene, but I have never met another “Tiki person.” Tiki is a big unknown in this county, as we live about a half hour north of the suburbs -mostly farmland.
The family has been supportive. They were a little unsure of what it was at first, but after letting them flip through the BOT they understand I wasn‘t the only one with this bizarre interest. After a few “Grog Log” / pool parties they have been getting into it. Ironically, even though Tiki is big with the younger people now, my grandmother was the one who recognised it first and help ease the transition for the rest.
It is always interesting when somebody new comes to visit, such as our daughter‘s friends parents. We’re used to the way the house/yard looks and somewhat forget how different it is from most people are used to. Visitors tend to start politely looking around at the art in our house unsure of what to say. It’s fun to watch them try to figure it out. The questions eventually start to flow.
I promised I would post some more items. My biggest interest is in New Guinea wood carvings and I’ve been trying to recreate some of the pieces in the books I’ve managed to locate.
Here is some samples of our inside tiki items. I am fortunate my wife is very supportive and allows me to display these pieces in the living room.
Small Yipwan -This is actually my version one in "Night of the Tiki" pg 42.
Thanks for looking! More to come.
Joined: Jul 14, 2005
From: My Island
|Posted: 2005-11-25 1:34 pm  Permalink|
Wow, party at your house?????
But seriously, those are some really fantastic carvings. I'm glad you decided to join and post your works. You carvings really made me smile today. Please keep us up to date with your work and please post progress pics so we can follow along.
Joined: Sep 28, 2005
From: Jensen Beach,fla
|Posted: 2005-11-25 2:04 pm  Permalink|
Aloha Johnny P!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nice back yard my friend! It looks like youve been having some fun carving?(nice carvings)
I grew up outside of lansing on the east side. Where abouts do you hale from my friend? Stay warm and tropical,Aloha, Mooney