Frog Island Tikis

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I purchased these lobster floats on Ebay.

I purchased these lobster floats on Ebay.
They are from Maine, which I admit is a long way from Maui, but they are nautical, come from the ocean, and so can be considered tiki...I rest my case.

First thing is to sand the paint off.

First thing is to sand the paint off.

I did the bottom section first.

I did the bottom section first.

I'm not sure what type wood it is but it is super soft like pine.

I'm not sure what type wood it is but it is super soft like pine.

Limited detail is in order.

Limited detail is in order.

I do not like using reading glasses for carving.

I do not like using reading glasses for carving.
That means I am carving way too small.

I roughed the top section also.

I roughed the top section also.

All four sides will look the same.

All four sides will look the same.

Four noses and four eyes.

Four noses and four eyes.

Teeth will go all the way around.

Teeth will go all the way around.
Imagine, me doing something abstract, but my lack of focus is at fault.

It has been windy lately here in the Portland area.

It has been windy lately here in the Portland area.

Two alder trees fell in my yard, they carve up nicely.

Two alder trees fell in my yard, they carve up nicely.
This one is 60 feet long.

Also started a cedar river float.

Also started a cedar river float.

A coat of oil and dark stain.

A coat of oil and dark stain.
My vending neighbor at Tiki Oasis Gecko told me to burn these, but I almost blew myself up with the first attempt, so I think I will stick to oil and stain.

A four color screen print on Hawaiian fabric.

A four color screen print on Hawaiian fabric.

Marker on bristol paper.

Marker on bristol paper.

I stayed inside working these this week because I was tired of carving.

I stayed inside working these this week because I was tired of carving.

Super busy at my real job, printing t shirts.

Super busy at my real job, printing t shirts.
I started my t shirt printing business in 1979, and we have never been busier.

Another marker work in progress.

Another marker work in progress.
After printing all day I just do not have the stamina to go out in the evening to carve, so I draw to relieve the pressure.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Well I sent in my application for next years Art in the Pearl event, which is a Portland show that happens in September. It is very competitive, only 130 spots for over 1000 applicants, but I'm confident that they will realise the grave error they made last year in rejecting me and invite me this year. Time will tell, won't know until March.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

How is a plastic faced, paper crown wearing king, blow torching a slab of inferior beef, even the least bit appetizing?

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.

"Link"

"Link"

"Long Pig"

"Long Pig"

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.