Frog Island Tikis

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Burning debris this weekend under the watchful eye of Fire Marshall Bill.

Burning debris this weekend under the watchful eye of Fire Marshall Bill.

A commissioned birthday gift completed.

A commissioned birthday gift completed.

I believe she was truly stoked by it.

I believe she was truly stoked by it.
Her husband Charlie asked me a month ago if I would build one for them.

They have four in their family so I wanted to add four figures.

They have four in their family so I wanted to add four figures.
Charlie works in Portland at Bullseye Glass so I added pieces that I made and purchased at his establishment.

I am finished with this milled piece of cedar from my property.

I am finished with this milled piece of cedar from my property.
Simple and primitive, 40 years old, and one of my favorite pieces I have ever done.

I liked the shape of this cedar branch that fell about a year ago.

I liked the shape of this cedar branch that fell about a year ago.
Plywood was cut with a chainsaw for the base, then it was Gorilla glued and screwed. Next is stripping the bark.

This piece of sweet gum was carved last year and has been drying in my barn.

This piece of sweet gum was carved last year and has been drying in my barn.

I am thinking his name will be "Corky" because he looks like a cork inside.

I am thinking his name will be "Corky" because he looks like a cork inside.

Maybe too much detail in the bottom section, but live and learn.

Maybe too much detail in the bottom section, but live and learn.

The bark is so cool on this wood, and I am happy I have another decent piece left to carve.

The bark is so cool on this wood, and I am happy I have another decent piece left to carve.

Group of two.

Group of two.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Once again my confidence has been rattled as I received my second rejection notice today and won't be a part of this years Art in the Pearl. I was trying to broaden my horizons and do shows that were not related to tiki, but that plan just went out the window. Time to re-evaluate, but I am looking forward to Tiki Caliente, just a month away.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The March 31st deadline passed for the notification I was expecting for acceptance into the June in Vancouver, WA Ester Short recycling show, so I guess I must deal with the fact that I was not on the list. Like everyone, I do not deal with rejection well, and as I was venting my frustration with a friend he calmly said "Did it ever occur to you that you might not be as good as you think you are?" which naturally I never even considered, so it's on to the non-tiki event that I REALLY want to do, the Portland Art in the Pearl. 130 vendors from over 1000 applicants is not good odds, but I am sure I will be there. I find out the middle of this month. You would hope that friends would be more empathetic, but I did get a chuckle out of it.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

All right, I'm relieved, I was judged and accepted to the local July Gresham Artwalk event! I always expect to be part of any show I try out for, but this was the first vending gig where I showed my carvings, so it holds a special place. Fairly certain this is my seventh year!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Keeping to my resolution to vend at events that are not tiki related, I sent in my application for the Ester Short recycled art festival in Vancouver Washington this June. It is a juried exhibit, so there are no guarantees, but I figure they would be out of their minds not to have me, right? Also sent in for the Gresham Artwalk in July, which I have done the last six years so I should be in on that one, but is also juried. The biggest one I want to do is Art in the Pearl, in Portland, and which I also sent photos to be judged.

Friday, January 20, 2017

I received a call about a month ago from the Portland Renovation and Landscaping show offering a great deal on a booth for this year's show. They wanted to add some local artists to the mix so I said yes, and although I am now regretting it (three long days) I will be there if anyone in the area wants to attend. It runs Friday the 27th through Sunday the 29th at the Memorial Coliseum.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Sent my money in to Rory at Tiki Cliente/Palm Springs yesterday so I am in. This is my sixth year vending, and for atmosphere and a laid back vibe this one is the best. Middle of May is the date, happy to have a few pieces sold already so my entry fee is paid for. Also have my same spot, which is in a cool 12x6 foot cabana.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

I again have to thank my great, good natured and humorous, season ticket holding friend Whitey for inviting me to the recent visit by the Lakers to the Moda Center this week to play the Blazers. Although the Lakers lost, there were moments in their play that made me feel like the future has great potential. I love the hire of Luke Walton as coach, and feel that he will be a long term employee, in the mold of Pat Riley. I am happy with 30 wins this year however, far from the playoffs.

"Ku"

"Ku"
Poplar.

"Many Menehunes"

"Many Menehunes"
Cedar.

"Nemo"

"Nemo"
cedar

"Sawyer"

"Sawyer"

"Top Knot"

"Top Knot"

"Chance"

"Chance"

"Upside Down" was a commissioned piece.

"Upside Down" was a commissioned piece.

"Foxtrot" is named for the antique store where he was purchased.

"Foxtrot" is named for the antique store where he was purchased.

"Captain Fritz"

"Captain Fritz"

"Gretsch"

"Gretsch"

"Dewey"

"Dewey"

"Nightlight"

"Nightlight"

"Mr. Devlin's Luau"

"Mr. Devlin's Luau"

"Lily"

"Lily"

Tiki Central art swap piece "Seasons".

Tiki Central art swap piece "Seasons".

"Benny"

"Benny"

"Joaquin"

"Joaquin"

"No Wake"

"No Wake"

"Jack"

"Jack"

"Restless Natives"

"Restless Natives"

"Skeptic"

"Skeptic"

Tiki Central art swap piece "Enchanted Tiki Room"

Tiki Central art swap piece "Enchanted Tiki Room"

"Bardoon"

"Bardoon"

"Darwin"

"Darwin"

"Punchy's Brother"

"Punchy's Brother"

"Mark"

"Mark"

"Medley"

"Medley"

"Lloyd"

"Lloyd"

The middle jelutong piece is the only shot I have of "Ward"

The middle jelutong piece is the only shot I have of "Ward"

"Herb and Al"

"Herb and Al"

"Koko"

"Koko"

"Brunswick"

"Brunswick"

Tiki Central art swap "Hawaiian Shirts"

Tiki Central art swap "Hawaiian Shirts"

"Totem"

"Totem"

"Cannibal's Cauldron"

"Cannibal's Cauldron"

"Nina"

"Nina"

"Pele Lani"

"Pele Lani"

"Orson"

"Orson"

The top.

The top.

"Tsuga"

"Tsuga"

"Ben"

"Ben"

Lighting by TikiSkip.

Lighting by TikiSkip.

"Dyson"

"Dyson"

"Lonnie"

"Lonnie"

Tiki Central Swap

Tiki Central Swap

"Orville"

"Orville"

"Makemake"

"Makemake"

"Tika"

"Tika"

"Nelson"

"Nelson"

"Maka Puke"

"Maka Puke"

"La Tsunami"

"La Tsunami"

"Barry"

"Barry"

This is a bass wood sign I did for a Columbus, Ohio based designer of cool tiki bar lighting.

"Lauderdale"

"Lauderdale"

"Eaton"

"Eaton"

"Bernie"

"Bernie"

"Ron"

"Ron"

"Stu"

"Stu"

"Surfin' Bird"

"Surfin' Bird"

"'Ohiki" (Hawaiian for sand crab)

"'Ohiki" (Hawaiian for sand crab)

"Power"

"Power"

"Juan and Atu"

"Juan and Atu"

"Beatrice and Giovanni"

"Beatrice and Giovanni"

"Airic"

"Airic"

"Bob"

"Bob"
One of my personal favs.

"Jared"

"Jared"
Rhymes with Scared.

"Toma"

"Toma"
And this is my favorite as I like his bad attitude.

"Tiki Kabob"

"Tiki Kabob"

"Tiki Kabob 2"

"Tiki Kabob 2"

"Flip"

"Flip"
Named Flip because he is wearing flip flops.

"Paddleman"

"Paddleman"

"Lucy"

"Lucy"

"Growth Pole"

"Growth Pole"

"Kit"

"Kit"
This is a memorial tiki for a friend.

The Real Jimbo

The Real Jimbo
Thanks a lot to Jimbo Wallace. He is the bass player for Reverend Horton Heat and they purchased this tiki and took him home to Texas.

"Sufferin' Bastard"

"Sufferin' Bastard"
Four color screen print.

"Black Clouds"

"Black Clouds"
8 color screen print.

"Two Tikis"

"Two Tikis"
8 color screen print.

"Brett Lambo"

"Brett Lambo"
8 color screen print done for the Skootiki show here in Portland.

Jimbo, Claude, Juan and Atu, Lombardo, and Airic.

Jimbo, Claude, Juan and Atu, Lombardo, and Airic.

My favorite carving tools.

My favorite carving tools.

"Lombardo"

"Lombardo"
He does use Polident but don't make fun of him.

"Jimbo"

"Jimbo"
It took most of a year but he is done. He is named after the Reverend Horton Heat's bass player.

He is a made from cedar.

Legba and Mehevi guarding their new digs in the Phillippines.

"Claude"

"Claude"

"El Boracho"

"El Boracho"

"Hans"

"Hans"
Named by my 9 year old nephew, Max, this was made in 2001 but I never photographed it till now.

Whitey's Frog

Whitey's Frog

Legba

Legba

Legbas backside

Screen printed voodoo symbols on Legba

Mehevi

Mehevi
His name comes from a great book titled "Typee" by Herman Melville

Group photo

Group photo

Flip

Flip

The back of Flip

Ali'i

Ali'i

Dick (Deadeye)

Dick (Deadeye)
mouth and top light up

Willard and Ben

Willard and Ben
Palm

Gus

Gus
Here's an odd little guy, named for gusto as in "go for the." Also bite off more than you can chew. Why have a little when you can have a lot?

"Dong Clock"

"Dong Clock"

Felix

Felix

Orin

Orin

Frog Island Tikis

About Me

I started carving tikis in 2000 after a trip to Maui. I love and appreciate Polynesian culture, but rather than follow traditional ways, I put my own rather twisted view on the matter. I build each tiki with a protective edge to watch over the owner's well being. Most of them are of redwood or cedar, but my brother-in-law Jimbo brings me excellent palm from California. I start with a chainsaw and then really get into them with chisels, files, and knives. I have read that the ONLY way to breath life into an idol is through use of hand tools, but if primitive man had access to a chainsaw I know he would have used it. Tikis are for fun. Mahalo- CY

Mahogany has a nice smell as you carve.

Mahogany has a nice smell as you carve.

Too many details.

Too many details.
My style does not include the tedious, so will forgo on all previous efforts.