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Tiki Central Forums Creating Tiki Other Crafts So, I made a sign for the Mai Kai 50th....
So, I made a sign for the Mai Kai 50th....
Haole Kat
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Joined: Aug 02, 2004
Posts: 271
From: St Petersburg, FL
Posted: 2007-01-01 6:15 pm   Permalink

....and I thought this would be a good place to share it with other folks.

It's cut from varying thicknesses of plywood. The detail was a combo of spray paint and airbrush. The laquer is a 2-part pour-on.

Some details are carved a bit with a Dremel tool.

I cut out the Mai Kai letters first to determine the size of the other elements. Here's the not quite perfected layout...



Here's the background just after cutting...the dimensions are 26 by 17 inches...




Now with the remaining lettering cut and roughly placed...



Here it's been primered and the concentric oval is carved with the Dremel...



I sprayed the solid colors to prepare it for the airbrushing step...



HEre's the finished product. The bamboo curves are also carved with the Dremel and the wood plank was "antiqued" a bit before clearcoat. The flames are inserted into slots that were cut into the tops of the torches...




Apparently, they plan on hanging it over Mr. Thornton's picture in the office, in case anyone would like to see it in person on their next trip to the Mai Kai.

Josh










 
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rodeotiki
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Joined: Jan 21, 2004
Posts: 1513
From: calgary
Posted: 2007-01-01 8:04 pm   Permalink

That looks great. Thanks for the step by step photos.

 
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Chip and Andy
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Joined: Jul 13, 2004
Posts: 2125
From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2007-01-01 8:20 pm   Permalink






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ZuluMagoo
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Joined: Jun 26, 2002
Posts: 468
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2007-01-01 10:57 pm   Permalink

Nice job, looks great.

 
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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
Posts: 3375
From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2007-01-01 11:22 pm   Permalink

Right on Josh!

Nice work!

After talking with you on the phone a few weeks ago, its cool to see the finished product.

Careful now... once you've made one tiki sign, you'll be making another, and another... then comes the palm logs... and the chisels....

Happy New Year bruddah, hope to see you up here this summer again!


 
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kikekeki
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Joined: Oct 13, 2006
Posts: 356
From: the River of Grass in FlourDough
Posted: 2007-01-02 09:59 am   Permalink

Josh,
Fantastic job! What a thoughtful gift!
I raise my glass to you...



by the way, I need a new sign for my shop
K.


 
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frostiki
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Joined: Aug 14, 2006
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From: Mobile, AL
Posted: 2007-01-02 11:05 am   Permalink

Very cool.

 
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hala_kahiki
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Joined: Nov 07, 2006
Posts: 116
From: Parkland, FL
Posted: 2007-01-02 5:45 pm   Permalink

so awesome!!

 
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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2007-01-02 8:18 pm   Permalink

Great job on the sign!

 
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Haole Kat
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Joined: Aug 02, 2004
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From: St Petersburg, FL
Posted: 2007-01-03 09:38 am   Permalink

Mahalo to everyone for their encouragement. Also, thanks to Chip & Andy for posting those pics of us presenting the sign to Mrs. Thornton.

I really had alot of fun putting this together and I'm looking forward to the next project. The techniques I used were taught to me by my great friend, Jeffrey Claus. He's been making custom wooden signs for about 2 years now and has just formed an LLC - Wooden Tattoos. He was a tattoo artist for years, that's how we met, and now, this is his creative outlet. The creativity seems to be contagious, so now I'm seeing ideas everywhere. When I'm not working on a "business" project, I'm cobbling something together for myself....Lake's probably right...chisels are in the future for sure!

I also made a sign for the Jetsetter's 1st anniversary - I'll post pics in another thread for anyone who might be interested.

Josh



 
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