Frog Island Tikis

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Work on "Brunswick" this week.

Work on "Brunswick" this week.

It is poplar, which has turned out to be harder than I imagined.

It is poplar, which has turned out to be harder than I imagined.

The shrunkin' head is polymer clay.

The shrunkin' head is polymer clay.

Thanks to my pool table recovering buddies Chuck and Eugene for the felt used for the background!

Thanks to my pool table recovering buddies Chuck and Eugene for the felt used for the background!

Besides a few clear coats "Restless Natives" is finished.

Besides a few clear coats "Restless Natives" is finished.

It is my best effort to date.

It is my best effort to date.

Very glad he is to be complete by the end of the year.

Very glad he is to be complete by the end of the year.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Thanks to local band Wavesauce for the very enjoyable record release party at Analog in Portland Friday. It seemed like a lot of friends and family attended this all ages show and that was a large part of the fun. Excellent old footage of space and rock and roll movies filled the background and enhanced the surfy sound of this foursome. If you do not know what a theremin is (like I didn't) then check them out.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thee Oh Sees did it again, making me think they are the best live band going. They ripped through an hour long set with nothing but non stop fast and loud music that had the sold out crowd moshin' and surfing' the whole time. The lead singer/guitar player is fantastic and switches from a six string to 12 with great dexterity, alternately pounding them with his fingers or grabbing the pick from his mouth to create different sounds within the same song. Backing him up was a stripped down version of his band with only a bass and drum. No mention was made of what happened to their female keyboardist/singer and other guitar. Hopefully that is just temporary as those two really round out the sound. Leading off was Jack Name, a foursome that played an intimate, enjoyable set of synch, fuzzy, industrial style music.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I was happy I braved the cold weather last night to see the Tijuana Panthers play at the Hawthorne Theatre. A poppy threesome from Long Beach, they did a great job of warming up the audience with a lively 45 minute set that I really enjoyed. All three took turns doing vocals and did songs from both their albums. It is funny to see the band as well as audience dressed in jackets, knit hats, gloves, but it was cold in there! Opening was a nice surf band Pounded by the Surf, although Mellowed by the Surf might be a better name. Headlining was Mariachi El Bronx from LA (?) an eight piece, white, rather punky band that finally had the crowd at least unzipping their jackets and taking off gloves.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

About 20 years ago I went to see the Lemonheads with Hole and thought it would be a great show but was not impressed with either band. Fast forward and my chance to "get" the Lemonheads, which happened Thursday as they opened for the Psychedelic Furs here at the Aladdin Theatre. Besides the best tune up of guitars I have seen (The lead singer came out and soloed) their show was all that I remembered... Bland, plain and devoid of anything noteworthy. A bunch of manufactured, brooding, imagined complaints by the lead singer that bothered me to no end. Saving the day was the main act, which blistered through an 18 song set that was both nostalgic and relevant. Thanks to Richard Butler and his mostly original 5 piece for such a great show!

Monday, October 20, 2014

I always see the Melvins when they come to town, one of the heaviest bands around. They never disappoint and last night was no exception. Opening was a La Butcherettes from Mexico featuring a wild female singer, fantastic female drummer, and a dude handling bass. Very odd and enjoyable. The Melvins featured of course King Buzzo on vocals and guitar, Pinkus from the Butthole Surfers on bass, and the best drummer in rock, Dale Crover. Many years of music was covered, a perfect blend of old and new.

Friday, September 26, 2014

I was invited this week to participate in a small show at Trader Vics in Portland Oct. 2 as part of the first Thursday event so come on down and have a mai-tai.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

I thank Ken for being my number one collector and purchasing "Bob" for your incredible yard!

"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

Frog Island Tikis

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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