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Ren Clarks Home Bar
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Joined: Nov 17, 2004
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Posted: 2009-07-14 09:23 am   Permalink

Here is the screen door at entrance to the house. Note the magicians hat with the rabbit.

Here is another view of the bar.

Here is a view looking from the bar of the diorama and water feature.

Here is another view of the diorama. Note the creek in the diorama ends into the water feature below.

Here is a close up of the diorama.

Here is a view of the aviary with the access opening to bring birds into the bar area.

here is another shot of the bar area with aviary in background.

Here is a shot of us removing bamboo from the bar area.

Here is the shot of the uhaul trailer loaded up.

Here is a shot of our daughter with the tiki going into it's new temporary home.

Here is the concept drawing of his signature tiki which goes with carving in the picture above.

Here is the Front picture of an opening invitation to polynesian village.

Here is the inside picture of the opening invitation to the polynesian village.

Here is the back picture of the opening invitation to the polynesian village.

The current owners of the house bought it two years ago. They told us it had been sitting abandoned for four years and there was a family of racoons living in the house when they bought it. The only way to describe this 4800 sq ft house is TOTALLY AWESOME. The house is full of exposed wooden beams that were hand chiseled no saw marks on the beams. two inch thick solid wood doors throughout. The stage had two hidden doors one on each side of the stage. the one to the right when facing the stage led to ren clarks office. the owners told us back in the day the office had one wall floor to celing lined with photos of stars that had been entertained in his house. when facing the stage the secret door to the left led to a passageway to a large bathroom/makeup room. The bar was built at the same time as the polynesian village and by the same people. Down the hill from the main house there is a 1200 sq ft building that was his aviary for breeding birds. It was later converted into a two bed one bath guest home. One cool story the owners told us was back in the day ren ordered 40 turtle shells from Mexico which he planned to use as lighting reflectors in his yard. 40 large live sea turtles showed up at the house. I guess they ate a lot of turtle soup and steaks up at the polynesian village for a while. There were six of us taking down his home bar and all the bamboo in the room and it took us eight hours to do it. This bar and all the bamboo will be rebuilt into our new home when we find it and we will post pictures of it in its new setting when it is done and all tc'ers are welcome to come by the bar for a drink

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Joined: Jan 05, 2003
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From: Texas Tikiland
Posted: 2009-07-14 10:03 am   Permalink


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Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
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From: Calgary
Posted: 2009-07-14 10:29 am   Permalink

That's so awesome. Thanks for sharing those pix.

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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2009-07-14 10:42 am   Permalink

An incredible find and opportunity for you guys. Congratulations.

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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2009-07-14 10:49 am   Permalink

That is so amazing! Congratulations!

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Joined: Sep 22, 2008
Posts: 637
From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2009-07-14 11:19 am   Permalink

Glad to see that the goods went to a member and not a garbage collector!
quite the thing to take on but it sounds like you have it covered.

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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2009-07-14 11:31 am   Permalink

..someone mentioned there were tiki mugs and other items there...were you able to find any more relics ?? was the box of severed head mugs really in the attic?? LOL

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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2009-07-14 12:22 pm   Permalink

Awesome, Bifcozz!

It looks like you did a great job on the salvage. Amazing that the house sat vacant for 4 years. I love the idea of an aviary with access to the bar so that you can let the birds fly in. I'm also drooling over those paper items! Did you get to keep those too? Fantastic concept sketch for the tiki and that invite is beautiful as well. It looks like that picture of the tiki on the front of the invitation is the image that made it onto the dinner plate as well. Thanks for sharing!



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From: SoMass
Posted: 2009-07-14 3:41 pm   Permalink


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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-07-14 4:08 pm   Permalink


Great stuff. What a great future project the reasembly will be, look forward to the photos when the bar finds a home.

Those paper items rock too.


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Joined: Jul 11, 2004
Posts: 408
From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2009-07-14 4:26 pm   Permalink

Thanks for sharing the pictures. Ren would be proud how you
made all that stuff disappear.

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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2009-07-14 6:09 pm   Permalink

Did you happen to find any Ren Clark swizzles while you were taking the bar apart?

Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

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Joined: Aug 18, 2002
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From: Ventura, CA
Posted: 2009-07-14 11:49 pm   Permalink

Dreams do come true! Too bad the owners didn't leave the bar intact, but glad you guys got it!

Live like a Beachcomber!
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
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From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2009-07-15 05:53 am   Permalink

thanks for sharing. I love this logo.

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Joined: Jun 01, 2002
Posts: 862
From: Behind the Cheddar Curtain
Posted: 2009-07-15 06:18 am   Permalink

Wow, just wow. It's like being asked to haul away the treasures of Solomon's Temple, or the Great Pyramid. I can't imagine why the new owners would want to tear this out, but I'm glad it's going to be preserved in some form.

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