Frog Island Tikis

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A near by neighbor said I could cut some beautiful old walnut from his yard.

A near by neighbor said I could cut some beautiful old walnut from his yard.
Before he could get the word "black walnut" out of his mouth I was saying "YES!"

It was a bit of a haul but you gotta want it.

It was a bit of a haul but you gotta want it.

I kept it to the prime 4 foot cuts. Mixed in is some gorgeous cherry.

I kept it to the prime 4 foot cuts. Mixed in is some gorgeous cherry.

Then Mark and Elaura from next door called and asked if I wanted some noble.

Then Mark and Elaura from next door called and asked if I wanted some noble.
The one on the left is over 6 foot tall.

I really wanted to complete this by Caliente.

I really wanted to complete this by Caliente.
After moving this hunk of cedar into my garage last week it was clear that it is wetter than I thought it was. No way it is ready to finish and paint so will wait a month or so and get it ready for Oasis in San Diego come August.

My time for the next few weeks will be spent finishing this piece of hemlock.

My time for the next few weeks will be spent finishing this piece of hemlock.

It is not the best wood I have ever carved, but I still am enjoying it.

It is not the best wood I have ever carved, but I still am enjoying it.

I also added dark highlights in "Ben" by brushing a black, brown, orange dye into the deep portions

I also added dark highlights in "Ben" by brushing a black, brown, orange dye into the deep portions
After applying I wiped the left over parts off.

A quick stand to display him.

A quick stand to display him.

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"!

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Rotture is an upstairs, cavernous dive on the east side that I like to attend for music. It has a huge bar inside as well as an outdoor patio featuring a glimpse of the industrial section in which the building is located and a view of the Willamette river and downtown Portland. Nobunny, the headliner was fantastic, consisting of four rather evil, non vegetarian, rabbit-looking musicians. Great audience participation added to the nightmarish, carnival-like high energy atmosphere. Starting the show was a combo with a drummer and a go-go dressed, blond wig wearing female bass player. Neither could play nor sing particularly well, but they possessed something special that made this show very amusing and entertaining. Their name is Needles(her) and Pizza(him). The song about those old pink ring contraceptive thingies titled "Frank Might Feel It" was funny indeed. The middle band The Bugs were also good with the drummer and guitarist switching instruments and vocals every few songs.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

My son in law suggested going to the Obits show on Saturday at Mississippi Studios and I really enjoyed it. Opening was a most excellent local band Paradise, followed by another solid sounding Survival Knife.

"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