Frog Island Tikis

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First thing I wanted to do this week was to do one more detailing before paint.

First thing I wanted to do this week was to do one more detailing before paint.

Made from cedar.

Made from cedar.

"Nemo" will be mostly blue.

"Nemo" will be mostly blue.

Light shines through the top and the helmet of the bottom deep sea diver.

Light shines through the top and the helmet of the bottom deep sea diver.

I did a lot more work on "Cosmo"

I did a lot more work on "Cosmo"

Mahogany planks, he's about 5 feet tall.

Mahogany planks, he's about 5 feet tall.

Seen here in the beautiful white sands of Oregon.

Seen here in the beautiful white sands of Oregon.

I decided to use a Maori pattern to start this paddle.

I decided to use a Maori pattern to start this paddle.
Cut it out with a jig saw.

I had a request to build one upside down, which I resisted but...

I had a request to build one upside down, which I resisted but...
...the person that requested it will most likely buy it.

Here is the mate.

Here is the mate.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Sent my money in to Rory at Tiki Cliente/Palm Springs yesterday so I am in. This is my sixth year vending, and for atmosphere and a laid back vibe this one is the best. Middle of May is the date, happy to have a few pieces sold already so my entry fee is paid for. Also have my same spot, which is in a cool 12x6 foot cabana.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

I again have to thank my great, good natured and humorous, season ticket holding friend Whitey for inviting me to the recent visit by the Lakers to the Moda Center this week to play the Blazers. Although the Lakers lost, there were moments in their play that made me feel like the future has great potential. I love the hire of Luke Walton as coach, and feel that he will be a long term employee, in the mold of Pat Riley. I am happy with 30 wins this year however, far from the playoffs.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

I got a call last week from someone that was putting on a remodeling and landscaping show here in Portland and they wanted to add local art to this years mix. I agreed to do it, three long days at the Memorial Coliseum starting the last weekend of January. You never know what may happen and I have been setting myself up for 2017 to do more shows that are not tiki related.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

I am approaching this years' vending season with a make or break attitude and am adding two more events that are not tiki related in the hopes of selling a few more pieces. Art in the Pearl is a long running three day Portland event held on labor day weekend that I applied for, and although they have thousands of submissions for only 135 spots I am not even entertaining the thought of rejection. Also I would like to do a June show in Vancouver WA at Esther Short Park featuring recycled art that I hear-tell from other venders is a good one. Like all vending gigs I need to be accepted through a juried process, but should know on both in the first three months of the New Year.

Monday, November 28, 2016

To say that live music has been an influence on my life would be an understatement, but with the advancement of age the motivation to leave my home late in the evening to see a show on a Sunday night is rapidly diminishing. Gone are my experimental days, so I was happy I muscled up last night and saw Thee Oh Sees from Los Angeles at the new Revolution Hall. Part of the thrill for me are the undercards, and Alex Cameron from Australia featuring pre recorded music and a chatty David Bowie/Peter Murphy sounding singer while backed by a suave, velvet suited, soulful sax player, was a topper. Locals Lavender Flu opened with a dreamy, poppy, sludgy sort of set.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Someone looked at an older post from 2011 about my trying Facebook and deciding to abandon it as it was hard to talk about myself. Fast forward to 2016 and I am now not only on FB, but look at it every day and post once every week or so. After talking to others that use it I decided to give it another try and concentrate on the chance to advertise for free and get my work out to as many as possible. I cannot say that it has helped sales any, but I do enjoy seeing artists work that I admire from all over the world. This blogspot is still the one that gets all the latest work every Sunday, but I have to say I do enjoy the comments that I receive on Facebook, something that never happens here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Besides the vending part of it (luckily I had two tikis pre sold as I did not sell a thing at the event) I had a terrific time at this years' Tiki Oasis. Thanks to Otto, Baby Doe and all those that work so hard to pull off this amazing show. The music was top notch again (except for Deadbolt, whose lead singer was so smashed he could not even remember the lyrics to his own damn songs) but my favorites were the Messer Chups from Russia. The people I meet and the great artists of all mediums make the time involved to drive all that way so worth it, and I look forward to doing it all again next year.

"Captain Fritz"

"Captain Fritz"

"Gretsch"

"Gretsch"

"Dewey"

"Dewey"

"Nightlight"

"Nightlight"

"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