Frog Island Tikis

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This clay piece is for "Brunswick"

This clay piece is for "Brunswick"
I cut a cardboard circle in half and added black and white Sculpy polymer clay over it.

"Brunswick"

"Brunswick"

After baking, the clay eight ball shrunken head will go into the triangle.

After baking,  the clay eight ball shrunken head will go into the triangle.
My pal recovers pool tables and will bring me a piece of green felt to put behind the triangle.

This mahogany carving is roughed out.

This mahogany carving is roughed out.
Working title is "Restless Natives"... Because they are.

A huge wind storm yesterday dropped lots of debris.

A huge wind storm yesterday dropped lots of debris.
All the gold cedar duff looks pretty but someone eventually has to rake it all up.

A better look of the amount of material that fell everywhere.

A better look of the amount of material that fell everywhere.
I guess I am complaining but I will put up with it because I live in Paradise.

Also put some time into finishing up this heavy cedar piece.

Also put some time into finishing up this heavy cedar piece.

All three projects together.

All three projects together.

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!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thanks so much to Suze for purchasing another one of my tikis. "Felix" is now on the way to Palm Springs. Also thanks to Brett for taking "Airic" home. He loaded him into a taxi for the trip. Special thanks to Jason Lee and Michelle for using their gig money to buy "Juan and Atu" I know he will love his new abode. The music at Tiki Oasis was good again, my highlights were Ixtahuele from Sweden and Three Some from Serbia.

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.

"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