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Murph
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From: SoCal
Posted: 2013-07-26 10:49 am   Permalink

Excellent Home Bar! You nailed it with this one. The fine details throughout the bar are impressive. Everywhere you look you are engaged in the tiki environment.

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Joe Banks
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Joined: Aug 02, 2007
Posts: 555
From: An island in Catlandia
Posted: 2013-07-26 11:04 am   Permalink

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On 2013-07-25 22:01, Bora Boris wrote:

You have a Porthole looking out onto the small patio? - Completely Ridiculous!






I'm with Boris...that porthole is incredible!


 
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forgotten tikiman
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Joined: Aug 18, 2011
Posts: 483
From: Forgotten Tiki Room. Pismo Beach, CA
Posted: 2013-07-26 2:19 pm   Permalink

This is as legit as it gets. I am very impressed. I love your dedication wall to all those and places who gave birth to the Tiki boom. Just awesome!!!!!!!

 
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Masher88
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Joined: Jul 15, 2011
Posts: 61
From: Cleveland, OH
Posted: 2013-07-27 07:08 am   Permalink

Holy crow! Your place is amazing!!

 
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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2013-07-28 08:40 am   Permalink

A very special place Trad'r Bill.
When's the official Tiki Central night?


 
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Tattoo
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Joined: Sep 24, 2005
Posts: 233
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2013-07-28 09:48 am   Permalink

Super cool!!!

 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Joined: Jul 03, 2011
Posts: 925
From: NJ
Posted: 2013-07-28 11:23 am   Permalink

Your home bar is freakin' AMAZING! Seriously, of the caliber one would find in a commercial establishment! Love the port hole window especially.

Amazing!!!
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Holler Waller
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Joined: Mar 13, 2011
Posts: 211
From: NW TN
Posted: 2013-07-28 1:00 pm   Permalink

Yes - Yes - Yes - !

 
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Trad'r Bill
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Joined: Oct 14, 2008
Posts: 485
From: Hercules, CA
Posted: 2013-07-28 9:39 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the kind words everyone...

To say the least, this room has been a labor of love for me. I did all the work myself, except for the 2-man jobs when my brother-in-law helped out. Certain aspects of the build took much longer than I had expected... and if I knew then what I know now, I'm not sure I would have chosen certain paths. The floor, and the wood paneling jump out as examples. As I said earlier, it took me over a year to get to this point, and I still have more work to do.

My family moved into a new home about 18 months ago, and for the first 6 months or so, the room served simply as a storage space for my tiki stuff. I had a newborn daughter at this point, so my focus was obviously on her:


My floats were moved in without incident:


Moving in my baby, er clam shell:


Crap everywhere, albeit good crap:



I was still gathering supplies at this point... Bamboo Depot in Benicia was my main resource:



I found this booth on Craigslist, which came from a Chevy's at the Valley Fair mall in Santa Clara:


looked better once I painted the hideous fabric. I was too chicken to reupholster it myself:


I got this large piece of Tongan ngatu cloth for $35 at an antique fair - score! This is going behind the bar.


Little by little, I was able to do some work, like splitting and sizing the bamboo:


...and eventually I cleared everything out to start doing some real work:


Post is getting long, I'll add more soon. Thanks for looking.

-Trad'r Bill


 
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bigbadtikidaddy
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 441
Posted: 2013-07-29 08:09 am   Permalink

wow- your spot is seriously legit- nice work! Love the floats over the bar, they look amazing! that's alot of weight, must've been fun securing those

 
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Trad'r Bill
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Joined: Oct 14, 2008
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From: Hercules, CA
Posted: 2013-07-29 10:46 am   Permalink

Yep, I had to do the old Bamboo Ben "hang on it and see if it breaks" test when hanging the glass floats. My wife is still convinced that it's going to bring down our house, but I don't think so.

 
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JackLord
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Joined: Jan 18, 2006
Posts: 160
From: Washington, DC
Posted: 2013-08-02 2:11 pm   Permalink

Outstanding! I tip my hat.

 
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 2868
Posted: 2013-08-02 2:41 pm   Permalink

Wowie, WOW, Wow!!
Right on!
Great job, this is how tiki should look.
Pm me your address and I got a few more photos for you.

Needs a Tikiskip light tho.
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AdOrAdam
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Joined: Jun 16, 2013
Posts: 448
From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2013-08-04 1:04 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-07-24 14:29, Trad'r Bill wrote:
Aloha Tiki peeps






Great space!

I really like that the walls are lighter than the floor - Ive been thinking Id prefer it & wondering what it would look like - did you treat / lighten the matting in any way?

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AdOrAdam
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From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2013-08-04 1:05 pm   Permalink

Oh & I'm jealous of your wood!

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I would love some pieces like that!
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