Frog Island Tikis

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I did a set of cedar net floats this week.

I did a set of cedar net floats this week.
I really like the purple nautical line from Maine and used it to highlight sections.

Burned with a torch, them wire brushed to pop the wood grain.

Burned with a torch, them wire brushed to pop the wood grain.

It sold already.

It sold already.

I wish the big, expensive ones sold so easily.

I wish the big, expensive ones sold so easily.

It's going to a local couples' very cool home tiki bar so I'm happy.

It's going to a local couples' very cool home tiki bar so I'm happy.

I started this small chunk of beautiful tight grain fir.

I started this small chunk of beautiful tight grain fir.
It will be a lamp, the wood was given to me by an older guy that knew I would appreciate it. He was right.

Also screwed this piece of yellow cedar to a base for future consideration.

Also screwed this piece of yellow cedar to a base for future consideration.

I worked hard on this 12' tall plank of yellow cedar.

I worked hard on this 12' tall plank of yellow cedar.

The bottom section.

The bottom section.
I represented the ocean, plant life, aquatic, human, and a sun that looks a bit like a cinnamon roll.

The importance of fish is the theme.

The importance of fish is the theme.

The upper portion.

The upper portion.

Insect-like in sections.

Insect-like in sections.

I bounced around a lot this week, a half stump started.

I bounced around a lot this week, a half stump started.

The back will have lighting added.

The back will have lighting added.
The top will be flat so you will be able to set your drink or your ass on it.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

I went to the Doug Fir last night and what a show the Sadies played! I've seen them several times over many years and they can still bring it. From Canada, they play a fast, country, gospel, surfy kind of sound that makes them listenable to a wide range of musical tastes. Great song writing and musical skills from this foursome. Opening was Minus Five, they were good also, but the strained voice of the lead singer was a bit hard to warm up to.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed the Messer Chups that played this week at Dantes in Portland. I would not have thought that a band from Russia would kick big ass but I was sadly mistaken, they are fantastic. Opening was Brainiax, a local rockabilly threesome that I also immensely enjoyed. I skipped the headliner Nekromantix, which I have seen a few times but I do not yet get.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Every time I make the drive from Portland to San Diego I think to myself "I'm never doing this again", but an hour after I arrive I remember why I do it. Something is happening ALL the time, I get to meet and speak to many artists that I respect and admire, hear terrific live music, and drink rum all day. Sales at this years Tiki Oasis were lean for me, and it ended up costing me money but I had so many people tell me how much they like the fact that I am doing something unique and different and the encouragement is worth more than money. Thanks Baby-Doe and Otto, Christie and Nicole and all the others that make this event such a blast! There is talk of another Oasis early next year in AZ, so I think that the San Diego event has gotten too big to continue on, but I look forward to next August, where the theme will be New Wave-should be some killer bands for that one. Favorite band of the weekend was swinging big band Kahulanui. My carving New Year starts tonight, see you in 2019.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

I heard from the Big Daddy of tiki events, Tiki Oasis today, they are holding my same spot for me, which I consider the best outside location, with the famous Gecko as one neighbor, and the even more popular bar on my other side. It happens in August in San Diego.

Monday, April 2, 2018

DAMN, I just got a rejection email for this years Art in the Pearl, which is not tiki related but I really wanted to get in. This is the second time I've applied and been denied, I'll get over it, a lesson in humility, but will be stewing big time for the next few days or weeks.

Monday, February 26, 2018

I heard from the Tiki Kon people today and I am in. It's the middle of July here in Portland, and is always one of my best shows. Every year keeps getting better and I look forward to seeing what Justin and Greg come up with!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

I sent my application in for Tiki Kon Portland come July, here is hoping I pass the audition.

"Yarnell", a Feather Light paddle.

"Yarnell", a Feather Light paddle.
Sold.

"Nightmare in Mahogany"

"Nightmare in Mahogany"

"Porter"

"Porter"
Cedar

"Stan"

"Stan"
Cedar.

"Koo"

"Koo"
Sold

"Clayton"

"Clayton"
A mug of my design and redone by Michael Sbicca, Jungle Modern Ceramics.

"NoBobs"

"NoBobs"
Yellow cedar.

"Navigator Unknown"

"Navigator Unknown"
Sold.

"Webster"

"Webster"
Purple heart.

"Link"

"Link"

"Long Pig"

"Long Pig"

Buoy Boys.

Buoy Boys.
Sold.

"Ku"

"Ku"
Poplar/Sold.

"Many Menehunes"

"Many Menehunes"
Cedar. Sold

"Nemo"

"Nemo"
cedar, Sold.

"Sawyer"

"Sawyer"
Sold.

"Top Knot"

"Top Knot"
Sold.

"Chance"

"Chance"

"Upside Down" was a commissioned piece.

"Upside Down" was a commissioned piece.
Sold.

"Foxtrot" is named for the antique store where he was purchased.

"Foxtrot" is named for the antique store where he was purchased.
Sold.

"Captain Fritz"

"Captain Fritz"

"Gretsch"

"Gretsch"
Sold.

"Dewey"

"Dewey"

Bad Medicine"

Bad Medicine"

"Mr. Devlin's Luau"

"Mr. Devlin's Luau"
Sold.

"Lily"

"Lily"
Sold.

Tiki Central art swap piece "Seasons".

Tiki Central art swap piece "Seasons".

"Benny"

"Benny"
Sold.

"Joaquin"

"Joaquin"

"No Wake"

"No Wake"
Sold.

"Jack"

"Jack"

"Restless Natives"

"Restless Natives"

"Skeptic"

"Skeptic"
Noble. Sold

Tiki Central art swap piece "Enchanted Tiki Room"

Tiki Central art swap piece "Enchanted Tiki Room"

"Bardoon"

"Bardoon"
Sold.

"Darwin"

"Darwin"
Cedar.

"Punchy's Brother"

"Punchy's Brother"
Sold.

"Mark"

"Mark"
Sold.

"Medley"

"Medley"
Sold.

"Lloyd"

"Lloyd"
Sold.

The middle jelutong piece is the only shot I have of "Ward"

The middle jelutong piece is the only shot I have of "Ward"
Sold.

"Herb and Al"

"Herb and Al"
Sold.

"Koko"

"Koko"
Sold.

"Brunswick"

"Brunswick"

Tiki Central art swap "Hawaiian Shirts"

Tiki Central art swap "Hawaiian Shirts"

"Totem"

"Totem"
Sold.

"Cannibal's Cauldron"

"Cannibal's Cauldron"
Sold.

"Nina"

"Nina"
Sold.

"Pele Lani"

"Pele Lani"
Sold.

"Orson"

"Orson"
Sold.

The top.

The top.

"Tsuga"

"Tsuga"

"Ben"

"Ben"
Sold.

Lighting by TikiSkip.

Lighting by TikiSkip.

"Dyson"

"Dyson"
Sold.

"Lonnie"

"Lonnie"
Sold.

Tiki Central Swap

Tiki Central Swap

"Orville"

"Orville"
Sold.

"Makemake"

"Makemake"
Sold.

"Tika"

"Tika"
Sold.

"Nelson"

"Nelson"
Sold.

"Maka Puke"

"Maka Puke"
Sold.

"La Tsunami"

"La Tsunami"

"Barry"

"Barry"
Sold.

This is a bass wood sign I did for a Columbus, Ohio based designer of cool tiki bar lighting.

"Lauderdale"

"Lauderdale"
Sold.

"Eaton"

"Eaton"
Sold.

"Bernie"

"Bernie"
Sold.

"Ron"

"Ron"
Sold.

"Stu"

"Stu"
Sold.

"Surfin' Bird"

"Surfin' Bird"
Sold.

"'Ohiki" (Hawaiian for sand crab)

"'Ohiki" (Hawaiian for sand crab)
Sold.

"Power"

"Power"
Sold.

"Juan and Atu"

"Juan and Atu"
Sold.

"Beatrice and Giovanni"

"Beatrice and Giovanni"
Sold.

"Airic"

"Airic"
Sold.

"Bob"

"Bob"
One of my personal favs. Sold.

"Jared"

"Jared"
Rhymes with Scared. Sold.

"Toma"

"Toma"
And this is my favorite as I like his bad attitude. Sold.

"Tiki Kabob"

"Tiki Kabob"
Sold.

"Tiki Kabob 2"

"Tiki Kabob 2"
Sold.

"Flip"

"Flip"
Named Flip because he is wearing flip flops. Sold.

"Paddleman"

"Paddleman"
Sold.

"Lucy"

"Lucy"
Sold.

"Growth Pole"

"Growth Pole"
Sold.

"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. Sold.

"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"
Sold.

"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
Sold.

Legba

Legba
Sold.

Legbas backside

Screen printed voodoo symbols on Legba

Mehevi

Mehevi
His name comes from a great book titled "Typee" by Herman Melville. Sold.

Group photo

Group photo

Flip

Flip
Sold.

The back of Flip

Ali'i

Ali'i
Sold.

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
Sold.

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.

A neapolitan paint job.

A neapolitan paint job.

This is the latest and last float till the new batch for San Diego next month.

This is the latest and last float till the new batch for San Diego next month.

I cut the top out of this one.

I cut the top out of this one.

Set up on Saturday.

Set up on Saturday.