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Mystery Tiki Pole
askeroth
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Joined: Jul 16, 2004
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Posted: 2004-07-16 02:56 am   Permalink

The only thing I know about this pole is that it is from Tonga and is hand carved. It's 3'6" long and 6" thick. I was wondering if it's worth anything. If anyone has any information, please let me know.



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tikijackalope
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Joined: Oct 23, 2003
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From: KS/MO
Posted: 2004-07-16 06:13 am   Permalink

Its cursed; you should send it to me right away for..uh...decursification.

 
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FLOUNDERart
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Joined: Sep 02, 2003
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From: Orlando Florida
Posted: 2004-07-16 06:55 am   Permalink

Take it away Bong!

 
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The Ragin' Rarotongan
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Joined: Mar 26, 2004
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From: Now, Ocala Florida
Posted: 2004-07-16 09:46 am   Permalink

It looks alot like the stuff Tikimaster777 sells on ebay. His stuff is really nice, I bought a fijian war club from him a few months ago, carving is top-notch. his totem tikis look identicle to the one in the pic provided. I would say the one you have is probably 300.00 range-if I had to guess.

 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2004-07-16 11:49 am   Permalink

I see that style all over and it seems to be a tourist carving from Hawaii. If you look on Ebay in the Hawaiiana section, there are a lot, but they are usually about a foot tall.
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Tiki Royale
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Joined: Dec 06, 2002
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From: The Aloha Room in Beautiful Belmont, CA!
Posted: 2004-07-16 11:51 am   Permalink

Looks like the Tongan carvings that are brought in by the boatload to Waikiki.
Pretty much every souviner shop on Oahu has a wall full, in various sizes and thre are usually a few guys carving them at the International Marketplace.
Aloha,


 
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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2004-07-16 11:53 am   Permalink

I would take it to the Antique Road Show, just to be sure.

 
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FLOUNDERart
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From: Orlando Florida
Posted: 2004-07-16 7:29 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-07-16 11:53, Unga Bunga wrote:
I would take it to the Antique Road Show, just to be sure.



There ya go Unga.


 
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Trader Woody
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2004-07-16 9:50 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-07-16 11:51, Tiki Royale wrote:
Looks like the Tongan carvings that are brought in by the boatload to Waikiki.
Pretty much every souviner shop on Oahu has a wall full, in various sizes and thre are usually a few guys carving them at the International Marketplace.
Aloha,




The quality doesn't look too bad -pretty nice detailing, but some giveaway signs that it wasn't carved in Hawaii. How does this particular carving compare to the wallfulls of carvings you mention? Most of the cheap, copycat Tiki's I've seen have been a whole lot cruder.

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askeroth
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Joined: Jul 16, 2004
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Posted: 2004-07-16 10:48 pm   Permalink

Well I know for sure that it is from Tonga and that it is at least thirty years old. That's pretty much all I know

 
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Tiki Royale
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Joined: Dec 06, 2002
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From: The Aloha Room in Beautiful Belmont, CA!
Posted: 2004-07-16 11:30 pm   Permalink

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The quality doesn't look too bad -pretty nice detailing, but some giveaway signs that it wasn't carved in Hawaii. How does this particular carving compare to the wallfulls of carvings you mention? Most of the cheap, copycat Tiki's I've seen have been a whole lot cruder.

Trader Woody
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Hey Trader Woody,
This is a nice carving. It is Tongan and I was just meaning that it looks just like the the other Tongan carvings which are very popular with tourists in Waikiki. I have a couple myself.
I was told that the Tongans carve them and then import them to Hawaii to sell. Then there are a bunch of guys who sit on the street and carve for the tourists. Some are of better quality/detail than others, it just depends. But they all seem to have the same look.
Aloha,


 
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