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The show me your Witco thread.
happy buddha
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Posted: 2013-06-26 03:12 am   Permalink

Witco used particle board; it's probably original. If there's the long staples holding the lion in, it's a good bet.

There's lots of posts in this thread about cleaning up witco, but in short: clean, stain (if necessary), feed n' wax. It will look like new.

Nice find!


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-06-27 1:33 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-06-25 20:31, exquisitecorpse wrote:
just picked up this guy for a steal.

but i have a few questions. the backing board is particle board so i am assuming it has been replaced; which also makes me suspect the fabric was also replaced. any clue to what the original fabric was; and how is best to fix up the damaged wooden areas.



That's Witco for sure.....don't forget, part of the art of Witco was using ultra-CHEAP materials - and who would want to replace anything on THAT !!?


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Ragbag Comics
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Joined: Feb 24, 2009
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2013-06-27 11:15 pm   Permalink

Happy Buddha:

Between the two of us, I think we have enough to start a herd!



Maybe we can get Graceland in on the action...

--Pete


 
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happy buddha
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Posted: 2013-06-28 04:47 am   Permalink



Yes! We should get together for Mai Tais & let the llamas graze...

It's funny you post that, b/c I was wondering if there were any other documented sightings of the llama bar. I've actually seen the Tahiti bar pop up quite a bit more often than the llama. An elusive beast indeed!

I'm lucky to be able to drink on his back..


 
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Ragbag Comics
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2013-06-28 08:55 am   Permalink

Excellent!

It IS a tough one to find; 'til I just saw the pictures of yours, the only other one we'd
seen besides ours was in the Jungle Room at Graceland.

It was actually one of the first pieces of Witco we found in the wild (we're up to about 20 now)...
at the time we had no clue it was so elusive.

Let's all raise a Pisco Sour to the Llama! It will be forever inexplicably linked to Tiki thanks
to the fine folks at Witco.

--Pete



 
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happy buddha
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Posted: 2013-06-28 8:27 pm   Permalink

Speak of the damn devil.... One just went up on eBay. With a measly starting bid of 15 thousand dollars!! Pocket change!



 
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VampiressRN
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2013-06-28 10:29 pm   Permalink

I am not a big Witco fan but have always love THEE MAP...just got it recently and it is hanging in my Bali Hai Dining Room.












 
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Ragbag Comics
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2013-06-29 10:11 am   Permalink

Awesome map, VampiressRN; It looks like you have the perfect spot for it!

$15K for a Llama bar...?!? I haven't looked into it, but I'm pretty sure you
could buy a team of actual Llamas for that price.

Of course, it's a lot harder to serve drinks on their backs, but they're very
train-able animals.

--Pete


 
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happy buddha
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Posted: 2013-06-29 11:49 pm   Permalink

Pete, it's hard to believe that posting was coincidence..

I think we brought the llama-hoarding weirdos outta the woodwork..

Lookout for a stampede!!


 
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ukutiki
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Joined: Feb 25, 2009
Posts: 188
From: Michigan
Posted: 2013-07-24 6:17 pm   Permalink

Would anyone know what kind of lightweight wood Witco used for their tiki masks? Thanks.

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-07-24 6:29 pm   Permalink

Is it Balsa Wood?

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-07-24 6:33 pm   Permalink

just kidding, mostly Pine & Redwood for the heavier pieces.....I believe
Bosco you know this for sure, what say you?


 
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happy buddha
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Posted: 2013-07-24 7:33 pm   Permalink

swamp cedar

 
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ukutiki
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2013-07-24 8:18 pm   Permalink

SWAMP CEDAR.....Thanks for the info.

 
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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2013-07-24 8:45 pm   Permalink

That could be a name of a drink. "Bartender, I'll have a Swamp Cedar on the rocks."
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GROG miss Tiki-Kate


 
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