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Tiki Central Forums Creating Tiki Other Crafts Wendy Cevola 9/2/14 The kiln with three layers of tikis is open. Here that ATP!
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Wendy Cevola 9/2/14 The kiln with three layers of tikis is open. Here that ATP!
danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-01-27 8:50 pm   Permalink

hang10tiki I'm hoping for reruns from the hang10 and Tiki Ano shows.

lunavideogames thank you, it's good to be home. Our jet lag hit today.

cy I'm glad you are back to being you.

TikiAno I've always liked factory tours. They wouldn't let us take photos inside the Alo Vera and Nutmeg factories.

TikiHula it's more like back to the mushing in clay.

MadDogMike I don't think I heard about your trip to Teresa's relative in Mexico. I hoped you passed his inspection.

LoriLovesTiki I've not traveled much either. I think being in my 60's I'd better get started. Poor Dan is being dragged along.
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Thank you all so much for the messages and Welcome Backs. We are working to get back on schedule. I'll be doing our trip in sections. I worked last night and today to find the best photos to share. Here goes.

We booked a couple of days in Florida to visit our friends Benzart and zerostreet. What a treat. But I'll back up to packing first and then off we go.

Dan likes it cold and I like it hot so I took an electric blanket and two extension chords to the Caribbean. I still froze with it on high. Without it I would have turned blue.


On the plane Dan found a tiki for sale in the magazine in the seat pocket.


On our way to Benzart's home we visited a rest stop on the freeway. Wow that's a lot of stalls. More than in California.


My first hug from Ben after knowing him as a friend for 10 years.


I borrowed some photos from his portfolio. He's done amazing tikis for a long time.


This is his garage workshop.


His work exhibited in a car dealership.


He did many tikis for the Tropicana casino in Las Vegas.


This Benzart tiki is now in front of Frankie's in Las Vegas.


It takes a lot of tools to carve both wood and stone. He's got them.


He's the best no matter what he is doing.


I love tools, here's a collection of tips for sanding and detail work.


He had a couple of clubs that needed to be checked out for balance, no problem.


He has an electric compression chisel and he let me use it on his project. I loved it.


Ben is special and a dear friend. His art is legend. Ben you rock.

Thank you all for joining me in looking at a tiny amount of Ben's art. He is on facebook and Tiki Central. He'd love to have you check out his work.

Signing off until tomorrow, cheers, Wendy





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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2014-01-27 9:39 pm   Permalink

Awesome photos......


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Posted: 2014-01-28 08:10 am   Permalink

Thanks Wendy I Really enjoyed having you and Dan visit my shop and Lunch was Great too, When you coming back?
Awesome photos too!
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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2014-01-28 08:35 am   Permalink

A little disappointed I was snubbed, but I'll struggle on. Glad you had a good time while in SFL. Come back in June.

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-01-28 10:37 am   Permalink

You develop a mental image of someone who you have heard of but never seen. Benzart doesn't look like I pictured him
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-01-29 07:45 am   Permalink

hang10tiki of an awesome guy...Benzart and Dan too. I have to add you to the list for all the fun.

Benzart I'm looking forward to those Star Trek transporters, then it would be every week. It's easy to take good photos at your workshop/studio. Miss you.

AlohaStation so many TC'ers and so little time. Ask Ben our visit was a rush. We got back to the hotel just before Palm Beach flooded. How about you come here for a visit and I'll make it up to you.

MadDogMike yep he's a handsome chippin male just like Buzzy!

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Yesterday was another catch up day with bills etc.. Then I worked on the creature mug. After that time flew and I never posted. So here comes the photos none of which are photoshopped because I don't have the skill. I try to find something fun to photograph and it always ends up being Dan. I must love the guy.

From Ben's home we drove straight to the Mai Kai. It didn't open for an hour so we took photos around the perimeter.


Dan did his best to imitate this statue but his tongue wouldn't cooperate.


When lunarvideogames was at the Mai Kai he bought the last head of Dan mug so


to have a photo we did our best to recreate the image. Dan said the fun part was having his ear warmed!


I continue to find bathrooms that impress me. The Mai Kai's was terrific.


In the bar we saw that people had autographed the lamp shades at each table so we added our names at the bottom.


Benzart told us to look up his friend Keir the manager of the Mai Kai. We had a very interesting visit and we praised the Mai Kai a true tiki museum.


We wandered around the back garden for over an hour and enjoyed every minute.


Look who showed up. Polynesian Pattie and his wife. They also had dinner there. They joined the cruise so we could have a fun time together.


Here's a photo done with a flash and


a view of a similar tiki without the flash. This shows how the garden really looks like at night.


Dan had a bright idea, let's call it a night and have more fun tomorrow seeing zerostreet.


Thank you all for the visit, Wendy


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MaukaHale
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Posted: 2014-01-29 07:52 am   Permalink

You two seem to find fun in everything you do!


 
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WooHooWahine
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Posted: 2014-01-29 08:29 am   Permalink

WooHooo! Great Pics.....Can't wait to see the rest of them

 
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DooWop
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Posted: 2014-01-29 08:32 am   Permalink

Those pictures of Mai-Kai are so wonderful! I'm glad you two had a blast there!

 
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2014-01-29 09:00 am   Permalink

Great pics... and now all I want is an electric compression chisel.

 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2014-01-29 10:03 am   Permalink

The Luna made Dan-0 mug is smokin





I love being able to tag along on the "Vacations" you guys take
Thanks for posting pics
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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2014-01-29 11:35 am   Permalink

I love the reenactment of the Dan-O Mug! Too funny!

 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2014-01-29 2:55 pm   Permalink

Looks like you had fun at the Mai Kai!

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-01-29 3:09 pm   Permalink


Love that pic! I was having flashbacks of Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-01-30 09:05 am   Permalink

MaukaHale we do, there is so much joy to be had in this world. I hope you find some every day.

WooHooWahine your wish is coming true!

DooWop keep an eye out for a email with photos of your mug.

TikiAno me too.

hang10tiki thank you always for the spice you add to these pages.

lunavideogames I took a copy of your photo to show at the Mai Kai. That's how we got Dan behind the bar with a beauty.

LoriLovesTiki it is all that everyone has said it is and there are way more photos of the place here on TC to enjoy.
Looks like you had fun at the Mai Kai!

MadDogMike Dan's a whole different kind of hot!

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We had one more day to play before our ship was due to leave. We spent it checking out a beach and visiting zerostreet and his family.

I don't know how many tiki places there are on the beach at Fort Lauderdale but we were pleasantly surprised to park and walk right to one.


Dan posed at the entrance.


This is the view from inside. It's a perfect place for people in the third decade of their lives.


My favorite kind of ice cream.


We arrived zerostreet picked us up at our hotel and drove us to his home.


His studio held some terrific tiki art projects. I bet we've all watched him work on these on his thread. I could have spent a couple of days in his studio just enjoying all there is to see.


This is the back of a mug I made for him. He no longer uses this logo so the mug is nostalgic for him.


Robert had said if we came to his home he would take us to a Cuban dinner with his family. Please meet, Isabella, Amanda and Michelle. What a lucky man to be surrounded by this loveliness each day.


This Cuban steak dinner was so good that Dan and I need to find a place like this in our city. Thank you Robert and Michelle for making our visit so very special.


January 11, 2014 has arrived and it was time to go to the ship. Our driver got in an argument with a traffic controller and so the police made him park and we all got to sit there for an extra half an hour.


Once on board we found our room and knew that Woo Hoo Wahine had found a perfect one for us. This is the third but not the last bathroom photo I have to share.


We were waiting for the rest of our luggage to arrive so we snapped photos in our room. View out.


View inside. Our first big time cruise.


A few hours later we sailed away from Florida on our way to Aruba.


A knock on the door brought us flowers from Woo Hoo Wahine. Not only is she our travel agent she and Soccer Tiki run the Don the Beachcomber Marketplace event and are dear friends. The flowers lasted until our last day aboard. Thank you Karen and Chris, you two rock.


I am back to working on the Wish List and after I finished the trip photos I'll be posting my progress in clay.

Cheers, Wendy









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