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My first show
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Joined: Sep 26, 2002
Posts: 39
From: Knoxhell
Posted: 2004-06-28 08:01 am   Permalink

also, the harder it is to get into a show (ie. more hoops to jump through) the better you will probably do. Juried shows that are well established tend to draw a better crowd.

And you will be able to tell good shows from bad after a while. I walked out of a two day show after only two hours once. I just knew it was going to be bad when the booth across from me was selling used clothing and kitchenware....!

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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5820
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2004-06-28 12:26 pm   Permalink

There is no reason why your art would not sell. Your tikis rock!
Do you have a website?
I am in the market to buy one. When are you coming down to California?
Oh It Looks Good On You Though!

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Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 2242
From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2004-06-28 1:24 pm   Permalink

its not you..its them..
pity their tikiless existance.
you tried to help..they passed you by.

your work is outstanding, and unappreciated by that particular crowd.

look for other outlets to sell your beautiful carvings..something will click, and you're on your way as a not-quite-so-starving artist!


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 31, 2003
Posts: 1527
From: L.I.
Posted: 2004-06-28 4:07 pm   Permalink

It's like advertising. How many times do you need to see a commercial before it sinks in. It may take some people a few viewings of your work before they realize they need one. The above advice is good. Keep at it. Being Wisconsin's only tiki artist is sure to pay off.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 29, 2004
Posts: 599
From: outside the windy city
Posted: 2004-06-28 5:26 pm   Permalink

What part of Wisco are you from? We're really surprised that your great carvings didn't go over well-from what we've seen,Wisconsin is one of the lawn ornament capitols of the world-but apparently only if they're those shiny garden globes or fiberglass deer-they're really missing out!!!

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Basement Kahuna
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 3591
From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2004-06-28 6:08 pm   Permalink

Don't sweat it, Lake. That's nothing. Your stuff speaks for itself. You will do very well at Hukilau. There is a huge difference between the "great unwashed" at a trade fair and the good Tiki Ohana (of which you and your wife are esteemed members) that you will find at a Tiki event. I've always dug your stuff..and you're one of the original cowboys on this site. That counts for something..

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Joined: Jun 13, 2004
Posts: 9
From: Vancouver, WA usa
Posted: 2004-06-28 7:28 pm   Permalink

hey man, I want to buy one! email me.. empi53@comcast.net

Tiki rocks, even in Washington state!

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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
Posts: 3382
From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2004-06-28 10:06 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Ohana for your words of encouragement. Much appreciated. I am almost fully recovered and looking forward to getting to some new projects for myself, one being a five foot tiki fountain. Another being two 8 foot poles fully carved for the doorway of my tiki room. I'll rise again to market some tikis but now it is about making myself happy with my work.

Still batting around the trip to Huki... I may make it alone, the wife has already said I should go even if she doesn't. I gotta see how much money I can raise to get me there...

Mahalo again for the kind words...

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Feb 29, 2004
Posts: 64
Posted: 2004-06-28 10:19 pm   Permalink

drew between 20,000 and 40,000

.........and yet all imbeciles apparently!!

I've shared swap & show sites with a tiki carver before and it's frustrating to watch as so many "love these things" but never shell out for them.

Have you got flyers and business cards done?

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Mar 02, 2004
Posts: 13
From: melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2004-06-29 12:14 am   Permalink

Dont be discouraged man,a lot of carvers have been their,i have as well.Just think of the positives at least you guys can access a tiki event, no such luck here in O.Z. If i had a dollar for every one who "wanted" one of my tikis i think i'd be as well off as "Donald Trump".One of the best things to come from my carving is i've made some great friends, in the end their worth more anyway.(although a couple of bucks in the pocket dont hurt!!)But when some one really wants your art and is willing to pay to own it and appreciates how much you put into it.You quickly forget the frustrating times.And go back to carving with more enthusiasm and a sense of purpose. gotta go my chisels are a" callin"

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 1365
From: 1st website dedicated to Tiki Gardens
Posted: 2004-06-29 03:01 am   Permalink

To join the bandwagon, from what I can see, your stuff is great. I wish I could buy one or ten right now, but we're scraping pennies together to try and kill some debts, and dreaming of buying a house in the crazed socal market. C'mon real estate bust!!!!!!!!!!
Keep slogging, your work is great!

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Tiki Diablo
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
Posts: 1905
From: socal
Posted: 2004-06-29 10:52 am   Permalink

Keep your chin(tiki) up. you have to have a bad show inorder to have a sell-out show.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 02, 2002
Posts: 2765
From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2004-06-29 12:45 pm   Permalink

Hang in there Lake your tikis are are awesome. Keep showing them off and you will gather momentum. Everybody needs a tiki, some peolple just dont know it yet. You may find a different style of tiki may sell better in your parts. Something like this maybe....

Keep carvin'

-- I believe that our Heavenly Father invented the monkey because he was disappointed in man."
... Mark Twain

Come explore

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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10365
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2004-06-29 1:35 pm   Permalink

Look at it this way also. The more you don't sell up there, The MORE We have to buy at HukiLau. pack'um up and Come on Down to where your audience Loves ya' Man.

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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
Posts: 3382
From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2004-06-29 11:51 pm   Permalink

You guys rule....

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