Frog Island Tikis

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I bought a 12 foot by 7 1/2 inch wide piece of basswood a month ago.

I bought a 12 foot by 7 1/2 inch wide piece of basswood a month ago.
I was not sure where to go with it, but looking at the cool panels that were displayed at the La Luz "Art of Tiki" gave me inspiration.

Progress was made this week.

Progress was made this week.

I sketched four different plank like figures.

I sketched four different plank like figures.
I lease a beautiful copy machine at work, so I enlarged my sketches to the width of the plank and transferred them on.

I wanted a landscape scene on the bottom rather than something that is figurative.

I wanted a landscape scene on the bottom rather than something that is figurative.

Nose flute?

Nose flute?

Top piece is New Caldonia roof piece influenced.

Top piece is New Caldonia roof piece influenced.

Also hacked lumber out of this cedar table.

Also hacked lumber out of this cedar table.

Heavy rains are projected this week so will move this into the garage.

Heavy rains are projected this week so will move this into the garage.

The profile was my main concern.

The profile was my main concern.

"Coo" received attention also.

"Coo" received attention also.

Taking out the least amount of wood was my goal on this one.

Taking out the least amount of wood was my goal on this one.

Teeth and toes are next.

Teeth and toes are next.

The top will be filled with sand and gladly accept your filled and garnished tiki mug drink.

The top will be filled with sand and gladly accept your filled and garnished tiki mug drink.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Even the stripped down version of Secret Chiefs 3, the band I went to see at Wonder Ballroom last night, was amazing! With their constantly changing lineup I have usually seen them with more musicians, the 5 piece they came with was more than enough to satisfy me and the large crowd that attended. Using strange instruments like a 5 string bass and 9 string guitar, and somehow tuning them differently than the norm makes them a fascinating listen and spectacle that makes them my favorite live performers. The drummer, Pej Mon, was unreal, and I am so glad I ventured out late on a Sunday to be a witness. The headliner was Dead Cross, featuring another favorite of mine Mike Patton. I have seen his bands, from Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas, Peeping Tom, and others, but none are as industrial strength as this one. I started thinking to myself "What bands have I seen that are harder to listen to than this one?" and I came up with two...The Locust and Wolf Eyes, and it turns out one of the players in this band is from The Locust. Brutal listening hardcore noise, which even a seasoned veteran such as myself could not take.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Thanks go out to those of you from Tiki Caliente, Tiki Kon, and Tiki Oasis that purchased goods from me, making this by far my best year. I have the necessary motivation to see what I can get done for the coming one and look forward to seeing you again next May!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed the Sadies concert here last week at the Aladdin Theatre, as my son in law said "They rip!" Can't say the same for the headliner, Justin Townes Earle, who about put me to sleep, but at least the Sadies backed him for most of his set.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Thanks to Jim Heath from the Reverend Horton Heat for the great solo effort at the Doug Fir last night. He is a Gretsch guitar playing singer and song writing extraordinaire, who also happens to be a nice, successful, and encouraging person rarely encountered in the very tough life that is the music industry. I also enjoyed his Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard country influenced cohort Dale Watson, very funny and personable indeed.

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!

"Link"

"Link"

"Fork, Knife, and Spoon."

"Fork, Knife, and Spoon."

Buoy Boys.

Buoy Boys.

"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"

Bad Medicine"

Bad Medicine"

"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.