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My first (hopefully of many) vintage surfboard tiki bar
Kapu Caleb

Joined: Sep 29, 2004
Posts: 10
Posted: 2006-01-27 08:00 am   Permalink

I am always very hyper-critical of my work, and strive for meticulous perfection in every detail. I feel like this is the first time I can step back and look at it, and feel like it IS complete. Every stroke, every detail, awesome. It was hard work, a real labor of love, but it turned out so nicely, totally worth it.

The top is carved and shaped from a solid door, stained in a mahogany cherry and honey maple stain with a gold leaf pinstripe. Then it was covered with a liquid epoxy resin equal to 60 coats of varnish. Like glass! The front is covered with a mandarin orange/ fiery iridescent faux silk and fruitwood bamboo. The interior is upholstered with an ivy green grasscloth over every inch, with the exception of the padded angled shelves in the center, which are covered with a banana leaf patterned fabric. There is also recessed tube lighting around the entire bar. Made of the finest fabrics from Robert Kaufman & all solid hardwood construction

I am very proud of my bar, it was my first. It was actually a project my buddie comissioned me to do. I had never built one, but I had a really good idea of what I wanted it to look like and how I could make mine different have it's own unique flair.
And for the first time, I'm really truly proud of my art. I always thought it was ok, but this was awesome.

Here are some pics, tell me what you think. Hopefully, this will be the first of many bars. Anybody need a bar?
Kapu Caleb
P.S. And a special thanks to those in the Tiki Central/ Hukilau Ohana that inspired me and gave me great advice and encouragement. (i.e. Holden aka smogbreather, Crazy Al, Benzart, Tiki Tony, Bamboo Ben, Tiki Kiliki, hewey, & monkeyman)

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 27, 2002
Posts: 1323
From: D.C. / Virginia
Posted: 2006-01-27 08:19 am   Permalink

Neat bar! I really like the look of the surfboard, and I've never surfed in my life. You can be proud of your work.

I wonder how long it will take before some drunken fool gets the urge to stand and pose on top of the surfboard.


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10397
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-01-27 10:22 am   Permalink

Welcome Kapu Caleb, Glad you could join us. For your first bar, it is an Excellent job. It looks neat and clean and the lighting really adds to it. Can't wait to see the next few..

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Mr. Dale
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 26, 2004
Posts: 300
From: a garage somewhere in Arvada, Colorado
Posted: 2006-01-27 1:44 pm   Permalink

Great bar...nice idea with the Surfboard.

It looks like you and Thorsten have the same ideas....ck. out the shields on the walls in his latest painting.

Somemething must be in the rum.
Ya really only need two things.....a full belly, and a happy skull.

-Happy Skull-ptures---

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4284
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2006-01-27 9:30 pm   Permalink

Excellent bar. I really love surfboard top bars. Sweet

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 23, 2005
Posts: 440
From: Kailua, Hawaii
Posted: 2006-01-27 10:28 pm   Permalink

Hey. I'm stoked. That bar is a beach bunny magnet!
Good luck. & May they all have hot tan lines.

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