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TIKISKIP: Rehabing Kahiki Tiki Bar Restaurant lights
tikiskip
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Posted: 2014-04-18 11:38 am   Permalink

Going to do rehabs on the Kahiki lights I have, there are many.
Will post photos of them here.
Some of the "lights" I got are not lights as they have no sockets or paper in them,
and some just need new sockets and wiring.
Others need lots of repairs.

Here we go.....



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nui 'umi 'umi
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From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2014-04-18 12:06 pm   Permalink

TikiSkip,
Your TS sign is killa! Looking forward to mo pix.
Do those portholes light up?
Cheers


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2014-04-18 4:27 pm   Permalink

Thanks, portholes do not light up as that is my shed.
Did some photos of the one light as I went but don't know where that disk is.
Will add later if I find it.

Last photos are a light that needs some rattan work paper and socket.






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tikiskip
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Posted: 2014-04-18 4:27 pm   Permalink

First you need to bend the rattan.
I would guess that when these were made it was right after the rattan
was harvested and this would make the rattan bend much better being as fresh
and green as that would be.
I say this because it's hard to get the rattan you buy now to do what it does here.
But if you baby it you can get it to work.
Just think though they did not have time to baby this stuff as they most likely made many
of these baskets a day and were paid by the items they made not per hour.


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Posted: 2014-04-18 5:59 pm   Permalink

I love to follow a good project. The rattan lights are really impressive. I love the twisted rattan. Good luck!

- Dale


 
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Posted: 2014-04-18 7:33 pm   Permalink

Great thread, Skip. Looking forward to updates.

 
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Monkeyman
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Posted: 2014-04-21 10:18 am   Permalink

I bow down to your lamp making (and refurbishing) excellence.

Keep creatin. Awesome stuff.


 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2014-04-21 12:37 pm   Permalink

tiki skip, couldn't you soak the rattan in water for a while and then bend and shape it. Maybe you are already doing this.

 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2014-04-21 1:15 pm   Permalink

Yes, soak rattan and it will become flexible and then dry to shape. I have only used large rattan this way, and there is a limit to how much it will bend. I'd bet the small stuff will bend a lot. Obviously it did as you have those shapes!
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2014-04-21 1:41 pm   Permalink

"I'd bet the small stuff will bend a lot. Obviously it did as you have those shapes!"

Well yes and no, it does bend when you soak it in your hot tub, but that tight loop was hard to get.
I had to really work the rattan to get that one as it kept breaking.

Love this tool!!!


Have done many rehabs on Kahiki and Kon tiki lights over the years.
Here is a Kahiki light I did for the Tropical Bistro tiki bar and restaurant in Columbus Ohio.
See it came to me a basket if that.
Don't know who got this light the Bistro boys sold the good stuff to a "cop" they said
and snaked it away from me, This was a cool light and I wanted it.
Before and after.



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tikiskip
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Posted: 2014-04-21 1:41 pm   Permalink

Thanks everybody!
And Monkeyman you are going to give me a fat head to go with my fat body.
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Oh and here is a cool new project by MM.
Monkeyman you are one talented guy for sure, one of the old timers I have watched for years.
Having one of my lights in your bar is a highlight of my resume, The South Pacific Room Is one
of the TOP home bars world wide fo sho and has been in Tiki Magazine twice!
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=35684&forum=20&start=165

Ok got the rattan in place, did not want to replace the whole broken thing in the middle of the
light but just small sections, this will help hide the repair I think.
If I had replaced the whole thing Natural binder cane would need to be replaced, and then
that would look new and need to be aged, KISS, keep it simple stupid.
Lastly I used watercolor paint to blend in the repairs.
Got my rattan at Franks cane and rush supply.
http://www.franksupply.com/

The long part is next, going to add a netting and paper to this one.
Could take years.


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spiked
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Posted: 2014-05-01 07:08 am   Permalink

Love it!


I have one of those baskets as well, I may require your services to get it looking awesome again!

Looking forward to more posts!

Lena.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2014-05-01 10:48 am   Permalink

Thanks Lena.
Is your basket from the Kahiki?
Can you show a photo of it here, I can get the stuff needed and you can come
over and I will show you how to fix it if I can.
Good to hear from you.

Ok did get some done on the light not much.
Since I will be putting netting and paper on this light I will need to cut sixteen net panels
and sixteen paper panels, oh and two center octagon panels.

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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2014-05-02 11:38 am   Permalink

Tikiskip, thanks for showing how you create and repair these wonderful lamps! I'm always fascinated by your skill. Now I just need to kick myself in the butt and light up some floats.

aloha, tikicoma


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2014-05-02 7:26 pm   Permalink

Thanks Tikicoma.
I'm maybe 1/4 through on this light and already I can't wait to be done with it.
There is a lot of BS work on this one.
But it is Kahiki and I want it to last another 50 or more years.
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