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Lake Tiki - Tiki Decor In The Spirit of the South Pacific - 8/21/13
Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
Posts: 3375
From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2012-02-12 6:30 pm   Permalink

Well into my eleventh year of tiki carving now... picked up a chisel in the late winter of 2000 and never stopped.
Total pieces carved that now number easily over 1000, I never really kept track, just kept carving. Tikis, wallhangings, signs, pendants, shelves... lot's of variety.

I've had the pleasure of sharing my art with people throughout the world, at tiki events all over the country and at tiki bars and restaurants throughout the country.

The most rewarding thing about it all is the wealth of knowledge I've gained in carving skill, history lessons and the friends I've made along the way.

I'd like to share just a small sample of the variety of the work that I've done through the years.
Every item has been hand carved, hand painted and handmade by myself.

Mahalo to everyone for your wonderful support, and I'll try and keep this updated with new work.




Marquesan Inspired Wallhangings


Maori Inspired Wallhangings



Hawaiian Inspired Wallhangings

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Cook Islands Inspired Wallhangings


Seafaring Craft Wallhangings



Scratch Built 3 Dimensional Tiki Bar Wallhangings


Hand Carved Log Tikis



Large Hand Carved Log Tikis

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Hand Carved Interior Panels for a VW Westfalia

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Hand Carved Signage for Trader Vic's, Chicago



Marquesan Poles For Foundation Tiki Bar, Milwaukee



Papua New Guinea Theme Booth for Foundation Tiki Bar, Milwaukee


Papua New Guinea Theme Stools for Foundation Tiki Bar, Milwaukee


Papua New Guinea Orator's Stool



Papuan Gulf Ceremonial Mask
For the "Call of the Tropics" show in Dayton, Ohio next weekend.
35" H x 30" W x 3/4" D
Wood, Paint, Cowry shells, Natural Fibers



Just a few of the logs I've carved in 2012... still lots of days left in the year to make more!




"Wrath of Ku."
31" H x 16" W x 1 5/8" D.
Hand carved from Poplar.




Abelam House Panel
34" H x 15" W x 1 1/4" Thick.
Hand carved from Poplar.

Around 8 or so hours of carving and over 20 hours of painting. Couldn't put it down until it was done.



Abelam House Panel
44" H x 13" W x 1" Thick.
Hand carved from Basswood.

It has 40 open work cuts and is hand painted.



"Twin Tangaroa Trio."
28.5" W x 20.5" H x 1.75" D.
Wood, Felt, Acrylics.
Part of "The Contemporary Idol" show at M Modern Gallery of Palm Springs.



Cannibal Trio for Hale Pele of Portland, OR today. Here are "The Catcher," "The Eater" and "The Digester" all together.
Each piece is 36" H x 18" W and hand carved from Pine.


Yangoru Boiken Mask of East Sepik, Papau New Guinea.
All the interior black areas are open work.
27.5" H x 11" W.

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Cannibal.
28" H x 8" W.
Carved from White Pine



Cannibal Trio pole.
Homage to Steven Crane's Kon Tiki.
White Pine. 5' H x 8" W.





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Babalu
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Joined: Nov 19, 2006
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2012-02-12 8:00 pm   Permalink

Your awesome Lake!

 
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The Granite Tiki
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Joined: Jul 02, 2005
Posts: 806
From: Nashua, NH
Posted: 2012-02-12 8:27 pm   Permalink

Amazing output, amazing work!

I'm a proud owner of one of your Tikis, and I can't wait to own more!


 
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Professor G
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From: the Tiki Wastelands
Posted: 2012-02-12 8:33 pm   Permalink

The retrospective is a great idea. I really enjoyed getting to see so much of your work in this arrangement. It is absolutely beautiful.

 
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2012-02-12 11:43 pm   Permalink

Babalu,
Your talent and attention to detail have always been an inspiration to me to push my work further and further...
Thanks for the kind compliment, it means a lot.

Carl,
Thanks for the kind words! I'm happy with 99.9% of everything I do, but you've got one of the special ones for sure.
I'm glad that Ku went to a good home.

Professor G,

Thank you for the kind compliment! Since they all go to new homes, I try to document every piece so I have something to remember then by.
Its fun to look back and see where I've come from... and where I'm going.



 
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swizzle
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Joined: Jun 03, 2007
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From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2012-02-13 03:45 am   Permalink

Great stuff there Lake. I love the variety in your work, you don't stick to one type of imagary yet still retain your own style.
I did a mug trade with Travelling Jones a few years ago and when i opened the box there was a wall hanging of yours that he had thrown in as a surprise. I wasn't too familiar with your work at the time but must say i'm pretty happy now that i have a piece of your art in my collection.


 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2012-02-13 08:28 am   Permalink

swizzle,

Thank you very much for the compliments on my work!
There's so much amazing variety in the art throughout the South Pacific regions, its hard to just stick to one area.
I really don't have a favorite anymore, I enjoy them all.

Travelling Jones is a good friend, I know he has a nice collection of my work. I miss his posts, hope he returns to TC again.
Hope you enjoy your Lake Tiki creation!


 
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zerostreet
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Posted: 2012-02-13 3:40 pm   Permalink

Dave! It's awesome to just scroll down and see all this work! Beautiful!

 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2012-02-13 5:32 pm   Permalink

Robert,

Thank you! Its been a pleasure following your art this past year also!
Keep up the great work!


 
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cy
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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
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From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2012-02-13 9:29 pm   Permalink

Incredible body of work Lake Surfer, I like every one of them!

 
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little lost tiki
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2012-02-14 07:24 am   Permalink

Quite a Quiver there,Dave!
Love how you study and then recreate our Old Masters!
Amazing to see it all stacked up!
See you in a few weeks!


 
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2012-02-14 11:30 am   Permalink

cy,
thanks for your kind compliment!

Ken,
Many thanks my friend! Much too much to post it all, this barely scratches the surface.
But this is some of the work that I think best represents where I'm going with it all.
It is fun to see it all laid out here... quite a variety.
Looking forward to seeing you also in a few weeks! Have fun in Palm Springs!



 
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amate
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Posted: 2012-02-15 04:01 am   Permalink

Great job on the gallery. It's like a trip to the museum.

 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2012-02-15 10:53 am   Permalink

Thank you amate!

Many trips to my own museum and library inspired so many of the works seen here!


 
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Monkeyman
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From: Vista, CA
Posted: 2012-02-15 7:23 pm   Permalink

Dave,

I remember when we both started carving.... Unfortunately I really dont produce much anymore but your consistent output of artwork is really amazing.
You have done so much work over this past decade.

Its really impressive and inspiring. I really have enjoyed the journey seeing your work evolve and grow.

Keep it up. Nicely done.


 
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