a.k.a. Lake Surfer, Dave Hansen
Lake Tiki Woodcrafts was started around 2000 by artist Dave Hansen when he took an interest in the Polynesian art form of woodcarving. His humble beginnings were hand carved tiki idols and necklaces from locally sourced driftwood that he sold to fellow Great Lakes surfers. After selling his carvings at his first Hukilau in 2004 he was hooked on Polynesian Pop and traditional Oceanic Art. His first commercial tiki bar came in the form of Foundation Tiki Bar in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since then he has had the opportunity to work for tiki bars nationwide such as The Inferno Room, Smuggler's Cove, Hale Pele, The Bamboo Room, False Idol, Tiki Cat, Three Dots and a Dash and Max's South Seas Hideaway just to name a few. His hand carved and personalized home bar signs and woodcarvings can be found in hundreds of homes and home tiki bars around the world.