Frog Island Tikis

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I realized early in the week that this will not be finished for Oasis next month.

I realized early in the week that this will not be finished for Oasis next month.

Three things made this fact clear.

Three things made this fact clear.
One I did not want to rush after spending so much time on it, two my daughter's wedding is here next weekend, and three it is so heavy that it would over-load my van.

Still managed some finishing on it.

Still managed some finishing on it.

It is cedar.

It is cedar.

The fish will have a glass orange eye.

The fish will have a glass orange eye.

This dragonfly still needs a lot of finishing.

This dragonfly still needs a lot of finishing.

I am liking the way this guy is turning out.

I am liking the way this guy is turning out.

I also reworked an older piece "Pele Lani"

I also reworked an older piece "Pele Lani"
She is the hawaiian goddess of volcanos, lightening, and general mayhem.

I hollowed the top back and will add a red volcanic light.

I hollowed the top back and will add a red volcanic light.

I framed the Tiki Central art swap piece.

I framed the Tiki Central art swap piece.
The subject was aliens, robots, tikis and since tikiphiles are so into nostalgia I went with the Jetsons and added tiki garb.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Thanks to all that worked so hard on the 2014 Tiki Kon event, I had another great time and will do it again next year. Thanks to Gretchen from the bay area for purchasing "Driftwood", I was worried that I would not sell a darn thing. The music is a big part of doing these excursions for me and highlights from Friday night were a long and rousing set from locals Satan's Pilgrims with Lushy from Seattle. Mixed in was the tantalizingly sultry gyrations of Tana the Tattooed Lady and Megan Mayhem. Saturday my favorite was again a local band "Wavesauce" featuring a charismatic, theremin playing lead, along with an excellent bass player, drums, and guitar. Headliner Spyrograph was mellow and did many old loungey type classics. Next week is the Gresham Artwalk, then August is Tiki Oasis in San Diego.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I had another great time at this year's Tiki Caliente in Palm Springs. I sold more tikis than ever before and the world-famous artist Shag bought "Dyson" which was a real thrill. Thanks to Jeff and Gwen, Gary and Gail, Si and Damian, Joe, Rob and Katie, and Big Ed for purchasing Lonnie, Orson, Ben, Growth Pole, Barry, Lauderdale, and Brett Lambo. The band line up was also excellent starting with the Poi Boys, Hula Girls, Smokin' Memehunes, Jason Lee and the R.I.P.Tides (my fave), Alika Lyman, Outerwave, and Aloha Guitar.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I've got my schedule complete for the summer starting May 15-18 in Palm Springs for Tiki Caliente. Next is July 11-13 here in Portland for Tiki Kon, followed the next week by a local Gresham show Art Walk, etc. Last but not least is Tiki Oasis in San Diego which happens August 14-17. Hope to see some of you along the way.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

I am certain the future of rock and roll is secure after seeing new bands the Tiny Knives, Hurry Up and headliners Marriage + Cancer at The Know on Friday this week. It will be hard to see a better show for me this year, but I will try.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I think I was expecting too much at the recent Reverend Horton Heat show, but it seemed to lack the same luster that their shows usually produce. Besides the worst music venue in Portland, the Wonder Ballroom, the blame goes to the back up bands, especially the middle show, Stockholm based The Necromantix. Opening was a pretty good blue grass/punk band Old Man Markley, happy and fun, but they lacked bite, which every punk band needs to possess. I especially enjoyed seeing Hoss from the RHH crew, a good singer and guitarist that actually wore a Frog Island Tiki t shirt on stage, a highlight in my life.

Monday, December 23, 2013

To see a giant venue like the Crystal Ballroom with less than 100 people in attendance was quite a shock but that is what happened at the excellent Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys show last week. It was the Winter Rockabilly event and also featured a great DJ Murphy spinning music between sets, the equally entertaining Rainieros from Washington, and Johnny 7 and the Black Crabs, also from Washington. Those in attendance were full of energy and dancin' the two step all over the huge, moving floor. I had a great time, hopefully the bands were guaranteed a certain amount of money.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Thanks so much to Jinn for purchasing "Orville"!

"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