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Official Introductions / Introduction thread! New members introduce yourself here
SBJiminyC
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Aug 30, 2012
Posts: 39
Posted: 2013-02-15 10:40 am   Permalink

Aloha all!
I have been perusing these forums for several months now, and even posted a couple things; but figured I should introduce myself.

I think I've always had an attraction to Tiki stuff, and perhaps it started from (what some here view as not 'Real Tiki' ) Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. I think I also like the mid century vibe and mourn the loss of so many architectural treasures in the name of progress. This web site has helped me discover some of the remaining Tiki Treasures, and to uncover historic places I didn't even know about. I love all the Urban Archeology going on here.

I also am inspired by all the creative things going on amongst the Tiki Centralites. Home Bar projects, carving, and other crafts. So Awesome!

Hopefully I can contribute in some way, and encourage others.

Mahalo to all the people who make this web site possible.


 
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Darryl Licht
Member

Joined: Feb 17, 2013
Posts: 1
Posted: 2013-02-17 11:43 am   Permalink

Greetings Tiki Central Forum Members!

Just had to drop a 20 foot queen and am going to try my hand at creating a few tikis with the 4ft pieces I saved. It's been over 30 years since I carved anything... So I'm here to learn and ask.

I tried looking for a few answers and didnt find anything that dealt with my q's... Specifically, I know it is customary to strip the bark off the logs; is that best done now while still "green"? Also, after stripping bark, is it better to dive right in, or let the wood dry and cure? If so, how long?

Thanks in advence for any help or pointers!

Mahalo


 
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4WDtiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 03, 2004
Posts: 1856
From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2013-02-17 12:31 pm   Permalink

Darryl, I'll give your Q's a shot.
Queen palm is not the best carving palm, in fact most carvers avoid it.
BUT, since you have it, may as well go for it, right?
First, I would let it sit a few months, unskinned. I would not bother with any pieces from the top half of this 20' tree. Stick with the lower half.
Queen tends to be like a pumpkin, a the wood is solid at the surface and for a couple inches into it, then gets mushy/stringy/soft inside.
Your specific pieces will dictate what you can do with them. Once you start carving, you'll know if they are decent or trash.
Hope this helps. Look through the carving forum for more info...
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cyndigo
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Mar 18, 2011
Posts: 24
From: Bangkok & Boulder
Posted: 2013-02-18 07:57 am   Permalink

Hello,
I'm Cyn in Colorado. Have lived and traveled in Asia and the South Pacific, and wasted many a fine hour in tropical bars. Now I have a tiny home bar that I think would tiki nicely, and will be asking for help in the other forum. Also looking for fun tiki activities in Denver. Cheers!


 
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LessZoa
Member

Joined: Feb 21, 2013
Posts: 3
From: Wahiawa, HI
Posted: 2013-02-21 11:52 am   Permalink

All hail the tiki gods!

Ok - that aside.

Aloha nui! I'm Less - born & raised on Oahu, grew up in Wahiawa (pineapple country), played on the North Shore and party in Waikiki. Spent many years on the eastern seaboard learning my trade (graphics, design, printing & publishing) - only to return to my island home for there is NO PLACE like Hawaii! Besides, that white stuff called snow is just way too much for me to deal with on a regular basis.

My interest in tiki's... well, I've always been a lover of wood work (my dad is a master carpenter) and I have carved my own itty-bitty-tikis, canoes, picture frames and such-what-not as projects to earn various scouting badges. Now with my Dremmel, I do some pretty good detail work for friends and family as well as myself - nothing commercial. Is a hobby I love so don't wanna ruin it with money.

I grew up eating at places like the Pearl City Tavern, Tahitian Lanai, South Seas Restaurant, Three Coins, Willows, Wysteria, Golden Dragon and more. It was the style and designs of these and other TH-era buildings that got me into graphic arts in the first place. It amazes me how much Oahu has changed, and continues to do so, as this island struggles with its roots while being a progressive metropolis in the middle of the Pacific ocean (subject of a series I am writing for my blog).

Doing research on a rather unique tiki piece (which I couldn't place until I fell into this forum here) owned by my employer, I stumbled across this site - and you guys are a treasure trove of information & passion for the style that gives me such warm fuzzies! I'll post about this piece in the pertinent boards.

Anyhoo... I'm glad to be here... and hope to expand my knowledge more with everyone's help.

A hui hou!
~Less


 
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Gunga Galunga
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Joined: Feb 26, 2013
Posts: 5
Posted: 2013-02-26 6:48 pm   Permalink

Greetings all, have been lurking for a while and finally posting for the first time. From the midwest with no tiki bars (Tiki Bob's does NOT count), and had my first tiki experience about 3 years ago at Frankie's in Vegas, hooked ever since. I'm usually spotted at Tonga Hut in North Hollywood or Tiki Ti in Los Angeles. Now the party's started!

John


 
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Tikimanocean
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Feb 26, 2013
Posts: 34
Posted: 2013-02-26 9:48 pm   Permalink

Hello tikiman of carlsbad trying to post an introduction don't know if this is right forum but I have been carving tikis in north county since 1999 and I am the guy who carved the live trees at the ocean palms beach resort in carlsbad funny because I just read an old article that said tiki Tom did them which is incorrect I have carved over 50 live trees and over 500 tikis love the tikis Anthony tikiman

 
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JamesDanger
Member

Joined: Feb 22, 2013
Posts: 5
From: Clinton, Illinois
Posted: 2013-02-27 08:23 am   Permalink

Hello All,

Just wanted to introduce myself. Ive been a longtime reader of this forum over the years, and finally signed up. Having my own Tiki bar has been a long time obsession of mine, but things like time, money, and the fact that I rent my home have always gotten in the way. But at long last, Ive actually started to to take the plunge. I work from a shoestring budget, and really try to use found material for this project, but the ideas Ive gotten from this site have been INVALUABLE!!! Just wanted to thank all those who post, and I look forward to sharing what I'll be creating. Thanks Again everybody!


 
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Hale Tiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1798
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-02-28 04:33 am   Permalink

Is there anyway to have this thread as a sticky? Keep it at the top, so that it's the first thing new members can see?

 
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Ohmsford
Member

Joined: Feb 21, 2013
Posts: 4
From: Northern NJ
Posted: 2013-03-01 11:58 am   Permalink

Aloha! Greetings from non-tiki friendly Northern NJ. Our quasi Tiki Lounge provides us with the winter refuge, as well as some of the outside tropical plants. When the weather averages 50F, the plants go out and the backyard grooming starts.

I am interested in all things tropical and Tiki. I credit this with falling in love with Disney's Polynesian Resort as a young kid in the late 70s. I have been striving to recreate a little piece of paradise for the last few years.

Please check out the website at
www.koenigtiki.com.

Ohmsford


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sammyvelvet
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Mar 02, 2013
Posts: 12
Posted: 2013-03-03 10:47 pm   Permalink

Hello ... My name is Sammy Velvet... and im a TIKI addict .... everyone... "HI SAMMY" ...

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 5902
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-03-03 10:56 pm   Permalink

Big TC welcome Sammy!

Some of you SoCal TCers will know Sammy, Francine & their celebrity Dog "Mei Mei"
(Don't tell Francine, that Mei Mei is a dog!)

from Tiki events like Oasis & Caliente.

Sammy is a rep for "Deadhead Rum" so I think we will be seeing a lot more of him in the future!


 
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little lost tiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7569
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2013-03-03 11:05 pm   Permalink

MEI MEI!
YAY!

Howdy Sammy!
Moss you and francine!
Welcome to TC!


 
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Hale Tiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1798
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-03-04 04:57 am   Permalink

Hi Sammy.

My name is Lucky and I'm a cocktail addict. It's been 2 days since my last libatio...oh, that's not what we're doing? Oh okay.

Sammy, sent you cats an email the other day through the web form.


Welcome!


 
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AceExplorer
Grand Member (3 years)  

Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 946
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2013-03-04 08:49 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-03-03 22:56, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
Sammy is a rep for "Deadhead Rum" so I think we will be seeing a lot more of him in the future!



My Deadhead Rum arrives today, and I am really looking forward to it.

Welcome to TC, Sammy!


 
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