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The show me your Witco thread.
Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
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From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2012-09-17 6:05 pm   Permalink



I have it over in the Marketplace. It's quite nice. If no one wants it, I'm going to (possibly) bastardize it to make an amazing "Witco" Canoe.


 
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TIKI DAVID
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Joined: Apr 07, 2004
Posts: 1961
From: North Coast/ DEAD
Posted: 2012-09-17 6:33 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-09-17 18:03, Hale Tiki wrote:
Quote:

On 2012-09-17 09:47, TIKI DAVID wrote:
Estate Sale find in SHARON PA.
VERY reasoable.





What the heck are you doing in my neck of the woods buying awesome Witco!?

Also, is it still available, or did you pick it up? Looks great!


Thats it ,sitting in my back yard.
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TIKI DAVID
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From: North Coast/ DEAD
Posted: 2012-09-17 6:37 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-09-17 18:05, Hale Tiki wrote:


I have it over in the Marketplace. It's quite nice. If no one wants it, I'm going to (possibly) bastardize it to make an amazing "Witco" Canoe.


Hey! don't break up a piece of art.
if you need a witco canoe,I've got a loose one kicking around the warehouse
somewhere. PM me you address and I'll send it to you.
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thomamas
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Posted: 2012-09-17 8:19 pm   Permalink

Can anyone help me understand what the fabric is like on a Witco outrigger or similar wall hanging?

I just acquired one, probably overpaying a bit for my impatience. Regardless, it is currently backed with a light blue knit fabric that I am fairly confident isn't original. Since it's already been tweaked, I'd like to restore it to something that appears more original. Any advice would be very much appreciated.

There's are some bits of orange paint on the back, so I'm guessing the original would have had some type of painted woven fabric?

Off the top of my head, I'm considering recovering with something like a primed canvas then rolling on the appropriate color. Does that make sense, or is there a more appropriate fabric? What about the paint -- matte or gloss? I've looked online and reviewed Tiki Modern, but is there a place I can find a closeup of the fabric?

I realize I'm asking a lot of questions, but I appreciate any help or advice you can provide.

Thanks, Tom.


 
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happy buddha
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Posted: 2012-09-17 9:36 pm   Permalink

Burlap

 
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thomamas
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Posted: 2012-09-17 10:36 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-09-17 21:36, happy buddha wrote:
Burlap



It's really that simple? For some reason, I assumed that the board would show through the fabric.

But burlap's cheap. I'll pick up a couple of yards and give it a try.

Thanks.


 
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TIKI DAVID
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Posted: 2012-09-18 03:51 am   Permalink

Look for burlap that is already colored.
it's out there.
I've had red,yellow,orange & aqua
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thomamas
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Posted: 2012-09-18 2:05 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-09-18 03:51, TIKI DAVID wrote:
Look for burlap that is already colored.



Found. I think the closest match is burnt sienna.

I'll give it a try and post before/after pictures.

Thanks everyone for your help.


 
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Dagg
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Joined: Jun 26, 2012
Posts: 313
From: Van Isle BC CA
Posted: 2012-09-22 3:37 pm   Permalink

scored for 15 bucks at a thrift store today. Too bad its butt ugly and not tiki....



looks like someone put a new frame and fabric on it, but the original stuff is still there, so thats cool....


 
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Dagg
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From: Van Isle BC CA
Posted: 2012-09-22 3:47 pm   Permalink

a buddy gave me this about 20 years ago, its been sitting in my basement collecting dust. Almost threw it out a few times! I had no idea what it was until found this site.



glad I kept it!


 
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Dagg
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From: Van Isle BC CA
Posted: 2012-09-23 12:27 pm   Permalink

Hi again
I have a couple of questions for the experts here, regarding the ship I posted above..

The backing for the canvas is flimsy particle board, is this normal/original?
Would it be wrong of me to replace it with something a little beefier like plywood or osb?

Thanks in advance for any help
Darren


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-09-23 4:39 pm   Permalink

It's original. As a collector of vintage artifacts, I never mess with their authentic condition. The cheapness of Witco is part of its charm and genius. Note for example that the Viking shields are made from drawer pulls. If the backing is soiled and stained, I would just clean as best as possible. This is only my personal take on it, I have seen some Witco pieces integrated into Tiki environments quite well by having them fixed up. It's a matter of personal preference.

And: I always remind folks that just because it's Witco, it doesn't mean it's art, they made a lot of mundane stuff. Certainly not all Witco is Tiki.


 
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Dagg
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From: Van Isle BC CA
Posted: 2012-09-23 5:45 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-09-23 16:39, bigbrotiki wrote:
It's original. As a collector of vintage artifacts, I never mess with their authentic condition. The cheapness of Witco is part of its charm and genius. Note for example that the Viking shields are made from drawer pulls. If the backing is soiled and stained, I would just clean as best as possible. This is only my personal take on it, I have seen some Witco pieces integrated into Tiki environments quite well by having them fixed up. It's a matter of personal preference.

And: I always remind folks that just because it's Witco, it doesn't mean it's art, they made a lot of mundane stuff. Certainly not all Witco is Tiki.



Thank you very much for your reply.
I will leave the particle board as is, but I am removing the paper (wallpaper?) that is covering the original yellow/green canvas. Its coming off fairly easy seems like it was applied with some sort of water based adhesive.

thanks again


 
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Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1798
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2012-09-24 12:59 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-09-23 16:39, bigbrotiki wrote:
It's original. As a collector of vintage artifacts, I never mess with their authentic condition. The cheapness of Witco is part of its charm and genius. Note for example that the Viking shields are made from drawer pulls. If the backing is soiled and stained, I would just clean as best as possible. This is only my personal take on it, I have seen some Witco pieces integrated into Tiki environments quite well by having them fixed up. It's a matter of personal preference.

And: I always remind folks that just because it's Witco, it doesn't mean it's art, they made a lot of mundane stuff. Certainly not all Witco is Tiki.



Well said, Sven.


 
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Alfie the Moai
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Posted: 2012-10-02 1:43 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-09-22 15:47, Dagg wrote:
a buddy gave me this about 20 years ago, its been sitting in my basement collecting dust. Almost threw it out a few times! I had no idea what it was until found this site.



glad I kept it!


super cool....


 
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