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The show me your Witco thread.
TikiRootsRocka
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From: Los Angeles, California
Posted: 2011-12-10 08:21 am   Permalink

Awesome fountain! Very nice!
I've got another wahine WITCO wall hanging being delivered today. Will post pics when it gets here.


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-12-10 08:33 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-12-10 06:04, Tipsy McStagger wrote:
Christmas came early this year !!

Scored this awesome witco tiki fountain.





Great score, Mele Kalikimaka to you Tipsy. Never seen that one before. And you even have the perfect size corner platform area to present it in. Is the water flow system intact?


DC

PS Would look good in a Santa Hat pic.


 
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TIKI DAVID
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Joined: Apr 07, 2004
Posts: 1961
From: North Coast/ DEAD
Posted: 2011-12-10 09:16 am   Permalink

VERY COOL!
But I do not get the 'pivot point' aspect of it.
does it tilt,rock or is it an adjustment feature?
LOTS of detail ,LOVE IT.
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happy buddha
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Posted: 2011-12-10 10:16 am   Permalink

Definitely great. I think I remember a pic of that piece at the Hala Kahiki?

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2011-12-10 12:28 pm   Permalink

thanks all !!

the pivot thing is weird, it doesn't pivot and is set securely in place and was probably never intended to pivot. There is no pump or tubing, but the holes are there to install new ones. Most of these fountains had a wooden tongue or spout. This one is missing so I will have to make a new one or buy one from ken pleasant to replace it. otherwise the water would drip down the face of the tiki instead of slightly away from it. A new submersive pump and some color change led fountain lights will work great in this when the time comes.


 
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Tiki Shaker
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Joined: Jun 28, 2008
Posts: 706
From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2011-12-10 3:37 pm   Permalink

The tiki head and the base look like two different colors. Do you think maybe the head was from something else and they salvaged it, drilled a hole thru it and made the base for it?

It's so odd..... and awesome!


 
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TikiRootsRocka
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Joined: Apr 15, 2011
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From: Los Angeles, California
Posted: 2011-12-10 3:49 pm   Permalink

Not as cool as Tipsy's fountain, but I'm stoked to add another wahine to the collection.




 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2011-12-11 05:59 am   Permalink

tiki shaker-

I think it's the spotlight that makes the wood look different in the photo. Also, if they were 2 separate pieces, what would the bottom have been other than a fountain? the base is lined with copper to keep the water in the basin from leaking and the tiki head has all the openings required to run plumbing for a fountain in it already. Right now, I have my best guy on this mystery, ken pleasant working hard to dig up any history or refernces for this piece. It may well have been a one-off that was custom made for a client years ago.


and here's the other weird thing i never mentioned. This fountain came with a pair of old, small, bull horns - each one was used as a cap to cap either end of the pole going through the head. They were not permanently affixed but just press-fit on there. I kept them because even though they looked strange on there, they kinda worked! - and we all know witco used weird, common items at times to decorate their pieces (i.e. closet door pulls as shields on the viking ship wall hangings) - I'll wait till I hear back from ken and see what he thinks.


I'm also waiting for big bro to chime in... he usually is quick to jump on these things with a wealth of info.

[ This Message was edited by: Tipsy McStagger 2011-12-11 06:01 ]


 
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happy buddha
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Posted: 2011-12-11 08:19 am   Permalink

Tipsy- TM pg252. HK was using it as a planter, though.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-12-11 08:38 am   Permalink

Wellll...ask and ye shall receive. Not a wealth of info other than that I found a catalog pic, from 1968, good year!:



It is simply called "Polynesian Tiki Fountain" and came just like what you have, no spout or horns:



I believe the mounting system is just part of Witco artistic license, not functional design, in the vein of their other "rustic" furniture genres, sort of "Flintstones" technology.



Congrats to your X-315 ! I don't think they carried that for too many years, so probably not too many were made.



 
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Tipsy McStagger
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From: HELL
Posted: 2011-12-11 5:47 pm   Permalink

awesome !! thanks sven !!

 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4318
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-01-01 1:40 pm   Permalink

Took some junk to the thrift store on a New Years clean-up and found this little kitty.








Not Tiki but, my first ever Witco!

DC


 
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sneakyjack
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Joined: May 25, 2004
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From: NYC Area
Posted: 2012-01-04 10:48 am   Permalink

Tipsy here's a similar fountain / planter from Hala Kahiki from when I was there on Dec 23rd 2011..
similar yet different in the "eyes"


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3Tikis
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Posted: 2012-01-15 09:42 am   Permalink

We could use a little help in identifying this fellow... I found it at a local thrift store for $14.91 (price is still written on his forehead in grease pencil when I took the photo).

Anyone have an idea? It reminds me of a Witco?



Many thanks in advance!
Cheers!
Paul


 
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TIKIBOSKO
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Joined: Oct 17, 2004
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Posted: 2012-01-15 2:46 pm   Permalink

Great find DC,
3Tikis it's a Witco, I have a mask in a similar design, maybe Sven would know?

Bosko


 
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