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hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2014-06-08 5:34 pm   Permalink

Your place looks awesome, love the monkey.

 
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forgotten tikiman
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From: Forgotten Tiki Room. Pismo Beach, CA
Posted: 2014-06-08 9:22 pm   Permalink

Nice!!! Looks like your getting some inspiration from Derek's South Pacific Room and Scott's Ventiki Tiki bar.

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-06-08 10:36 pm   Permalink

The Outside bar is looking sharp!

 
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jimsflies
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Joined: Jun 02, 2010
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2014-06-09 06:30 am   Permalink

Thanks guys!

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On 2014-06-08 21:22, forgotten tikiman wrote:
Nice!!! Looks like your getting some inspiration from Derek's South Pacific Room and Scott's Ventiki Tiki bar.



I've been studying tiki bars for several years now and have picked up so many cool ideas especially from this forum. The tough part is assembling the ideas into an original cohesive design.

I borrowed a couple of monkeyman's glyphs for the mockup...his carved trim is out of this world. The crocodiles go well with front facing gable which has a crocodile carved in it as well. However, I want to change up the graphics a bit though to maintain originality.

I'm also weighing whether to keep the large carved beam concept, or install a thatched awning across the front of the bar. If I go this route, the front beam would be obscured from view unless you are sitting right under the awning.

The bamboo structure for the back bar was an idea I got from photos of Honi Honi in Honk Kong (http://honihonibar.com/) and then saw again with Ventiki. I think it looks "exotic" and certainly something you don't see around these parts. I would like to put acrylic panel across the back of the bamboo section and side light it with color changeable LEDs (to makes the acrylic panel glow)....I think the effect of the indirect light behind the bamboo tubes would look cool.


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littlegiles
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From: Lancaster, SC
Posted: 2014-06-09 07:24 am   Permalink

You chose some great inspiration and I can't wait to see how you take that and turn it into your own carvings.

The bar is really looking fantastic.

- Dale


 
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jimsflies
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Posted: 2014-06-10 08:11 am   Permalink

Well...here's the pvc bamboo with 2 coats of shellac. I'm planning to coat it with Varathane so that it will have some UV protection to keep it from fading. I guess the nodes are darker than real bamboo even after burning...hopefully it will look okay under the front of the bar once its in place.





 
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2014-06-10 08:20 am   Permalink

I really like the dark nodes on the "bamboo". It gives it a slightly different look and I think it will be really striking to look at. Great job!

- Dale


 
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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2014-06-11 08:03 am   Permalink

Thanks Dale! I appreciate your feedback/input...encouragement.

I started coating with Varathane last night. But after a few pieces, I decided I didn't like the results and got to thinking if the shellac finish fades with UV, it may not be too big of a deal to brush more shellac on to freshen it up if I don't put the Varathane on them. The faux bamboo is fairly protected under the bar and only receives direct morning sun on the front (short side) of the bar.

I hung a few pieces last night to start seeing how its going to look. I'm happy with how it looks a few of them in place...tonight I will hopefully get more hung. It also appears it will be easy to trim around the corners of the bar so I may end up doing that instead of adding trim around each corner at least for now. I should have a photo to share tonight or tomorrow.


 
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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2014-06-12 06:55 am   Permalink

I managed to attach a few pieces of "bamboo" last night between rain storms...



 
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VampiressRN
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2014-06-15 12:12 pm   Permalink

Looking good. The bamboo turned out well.

 
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2014-06-16 07:24 am   Permalink

I like it.

- Dale


 
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dtel
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From: South Mississippi
Posted: 2014-06-18 11:43 pm   Permalink

[quote]
I guess the nodes are darker than real bamboo even after burning...hopefully it will look okay under the front of the bar once its in place.

/quote]

I like I also, it looks good on the front of the bar.


 
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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2014-06-19 05:50 am   Permalink

thanks guys. I made another batch last weekend and made some improvements to my technique. I'm moving the first batch to the side of the bar and going with these on the front.



 
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MaukaHale
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From: The base of the Volcano
Posted: 2014-06-19 08:24 am   Permalink

Jim

Your bar is really coming along. I usually don't care for the look of burning the bamboo but the way you made a pattern out of it makes it look great! Keep up the good work,

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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2014-07-02 10:05 am   Permalink

@MaukaHale thanks!

So here is an update...got all the "bamboo" on the sides. Making the bamboo was a slow process. In total, I think I did twelve 10-foot sections...120 feet.




This weekend in between other projects I plan to start trimming around the bamboo and working on the backbar. I picked up a beverage cooler for behind the bar on craigslist yesterday. So I'm kind of pumped to get that installed to have cold beverages handy.

I also got a couple sweet blue float lights from tikiskip that I need to hang. So hopefully will have some good updates in a few days.


 
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