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Artifacts from KonTiki, Cleveland
CCF TIKI
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Posted: 2004-04-04 12:23 pm   Permalink

TIKI Fans,
I have found one of the two outrigger canoes from the KonTiki Cleveland which closed in 1976. Is This a find?

I also have a lot of the wooden carved wood trim which includes tiki faces and bodies some with mother of pearl eyes. Excellent condition.

Also scored, The Witco Bar which is featured on page 9 of the Book of Tiki. Is this a find?

Hey guys, did I score or what.


 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2004-04-04 1:34 pm   Permalink

Uh... uh... um... wha...

 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2004-04-04 7:49 pm   Permalink

Don't Know. Need to see Pix.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2004-04-05 12:14 am   Permalink

It sure sounds like a find. Do tell, was it all from one source? A shop, someone's estate, a bar that closed down? As you know, we here at Tiki Central are as much interested in the HISTORY of Polynesian Pop artifacts as we are in the objects themselves. Would we not know who Stephen Crane was, we would care less for these items (isn't that right, kids ??!).

But to have found ANYTHING from his Luau/Kon Tiki empire is an important urban archeological discovery.

Do the outriggers say "Kon-Tiki" in the Kon-Tiki font on the bow? Are those inlaid eyes on Maori wall panels? And how does a WITCO bar fit into this scheme?

Off course, photos would be best...



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TIKI DAVID
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Posted: 2004-04-07 06:53 am   Permalink

HELLO

 
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TIKI DAVID
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Posted: 2004-04-07 07:06 am   Permalink

HI TIKI FANS,
Due to technical cliches, our new name is TIKI DAVID, we use to be CCF TIKI.

Answers to your previous questions,
The outrigger's name is "Surf Rider" it is
12 ft. long and carved out of a single log.
It has the orginial ropes on it that hung from the ceiling of the KonTiki in Cleveland.

We also have many hand carved panels with Tiki heads and symbols. Many beauties!
What a find!!!

Does anyone out there have photos from the KonTiki Cleveland? Inside and outside would be great! Would love to see how these panels were originaly used.


Have 2 panels dark wood 18" 7' with 3 tiki figures inlaid mother of pearl eyes with out reaching arms and circular forms inbetween


 
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TIKI DAVID
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Posted: 2004-04-07 07:20 am   Permalink

The WITCO bar was not part of KONTIKI but was bought at the same estate,i was going to break it up for the tiki side posts until i bought the BOOK OF TIKI and there it was on page 9.My question is the loepard fabric is a little dry with couple "small" bald spots ,would i devlue it by recovering it? I am new to WITCO so please help. thanks

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2004-04-07 09:10 am   Permalink

There is a large contingent here at Tiki Central that absolutely believes in vintage authentic mid-century Tiki. So if the fabric is acceptable, leave it! It will be more valuable, especially after "The Book of WITCO" by that famous Tiki author comes out (whenever THAT will be..).
Glad to hear to hear the Book of Tiki saved yet another artifact from destruction.

Do you have any info about the person whose estate you bough this stuff from, how he obtained the Kon-Tiki pieces?
Sounds like the kind of estate sale we all dream of...

I have no pix of the Cleveland Kon-Tiki unfortunately, but some one else here might.




 
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TIKI DAVID
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Posted: 2004-04-07 09:22 am   Permalink

PICS ARE COMING SOON. ANY TOUGHTS ON THE OUTRIGGER IT'S TO BIG FOR MY PLACE ,IT NEEDS TO BE INSIDE

 
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Johnny Dollar
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Posted: 2004-04-07 09:46 am   Permalink



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TIKI DAVID
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Posted: 2004-04-07 09:52 am   Permalink



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Johnny Dollar
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Posted: 2004-04-07 10:13 am   Permalink



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Swanky
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Posted: 2004-04-07 12:38 pm   Permalink

We had looked at a canoe for Hale Tiki, but current budget made that not happen. Brad might be interested. Maybe not. But it would be great to have it in a bar.
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TIKI DAVID
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Posted: 2004-04-07 8:38 pm   Permalink

What were they asking for it .I have no idea of it's worth.I was going to use it as a beer and ice cooler on the deck for partys ,but thought it was just to nice a piece for that.

 
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tiki junkman
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Posted: 2004-04-07 9:28 pm   Permalink

I know I would give it a nice and safe home. I will even come out to Ohio from Chicago to pick it up. Love to see some pics of the finds.



 
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