Frog Island Tikis

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Some of the array of goods that I brought to Tiki Oasis this past Saturday and Sunday.

Some of the array of goods that I brought to Tiki Oasis this past Saturday and Sunday.
A couple from San Diego made my weekend by purchasing the big red one on the right. The floats were a hit and all sold but one.

THE Jello Biafra was at the Bali Hai kick off party Thursday night.

THE Jello Biafra was at the Bali Hai kick off party Thursday night.
Singer from the legendary punkers Dead Kennedys. You never heard of them? Shame on you.

I bought this resin painted canvas from one of the people in the art show.

I bought this resin painted canvas from one of the people in the art show.
Zachary Friedberg is his name, a very nice and personable young man indeed.

My peaceful spot before all the mayhem ensues.

My peaceful spot before all the mayhem ensues.
The hut becomes a bar with a line of people all day.

First day setup.

First day setup.
My neighbor has been Gecko for the last few years, in my opinion one of the best of the tiki artists.

Code name Carter.

Code name Carter.
These cats were cool.

Crazy Al of Ape.

Crazy Al of Ape.
He not only sings for the band but carves a tiki with an axe during the set. I would have either chopped a foot off or died from exertion.

Here is the whole band.

Here is the whole band.

These guys killed it.

These guys killed it.
Devo covers done lounge style.

Ixtahuele from Sweden is my favorite exotica band.

Ixtahuele from Sweden is my favorite exotica band.

They all stopped at my booth and received a Frog Island t shirt for their trouble.

They all stopped at my booth and received a Frog Island t shirt for their trouble.

See, I told you.

See, I told you.

You do not want to mess with me and Harley from the band Deadbolt.

You do not want to mess with me and Harley from the band Deadbolt.

The mouth of this smoking' moai is a bar.

The mouth of this smoking' moai is a bar.

Judy Luck.

Judy Luck.

Not sure who this is, but she was hot.

Not sure who this is, but she was hot.

There were many photo shoots in my booth both days.

There were many photo shoots in my booth both days.
This is Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid from FLA.

Miss Tiki Oasis 2014.

Miss Tiki Oasis 2014.
Like the President, once you are Miss Tiki Oasis you are always Miss Tiki Oasis.

I am not sure who this was, but she added to the look.

I am not sure who this was, but she added to the look.

This one sold also.

This one sold also.

Jason Lee and the R.I.P Tides played on Sunday.

Jason Lee and the R.I.P Tides played on Sunday.
I usually do poorly at this huge event, but I had a good few days, paying for my way and then some. There are so many artists that I admire at this function that I get to talk to and mine information from, which is so important for me. Another highlight was being interviewed about the carving process, I don't think I did too poorly.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Thanks go out to those of you from Tiki Caliente, Tiki Kon, and Tiki Oasis that purchased goods from me, making this by far my best year. I have the necessary motivation to see what I can get done for the coming one and look forward to seeing you again next May!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed the Sadies concert here last week at the Aladdin Theatre, as my son in law said "They rip!" Can't say the same for the headliner, Justin Townes Earle, who about put me to sleep, but at least the Sadies backed him for most of his set.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Thanks to Jim Heath from the Reverend Horton Heat for the great solo effort at the Doug Fir last night. He is a Gretsch guitar playing singer and song writing extraordinaire, who also happens to be a nice, successful, and encouraging person rarely encountered in the very tough life that is the music industry. I also enjoyed his Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard country influenced cohort Dale Watson, very funny and personable indeed.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Once again my confidence has been rattled as I received my second rejection notice today and won't be a part of this years Art in the Pearl. I was trying to broaden my horizons and do shows that were not related to tiki, but that plan just went out the window. Time to re-evaluate, but I am looking forward to Tiki Caliente, just a month away.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The March 31st deadline passed for the notification I was expecting for acceptance into the June in Vancouver, WA Ester Short recycling show, so I guess I must deal with the fact that I was not on the list. Like everyone, I do not deal with rejection well, and as I was venting my frustration with a friend he calmly said "Did it ever occur to you that you might not be as good as you think you are?" which naturally I never even considered, so it's on to the non-tiki event that I REALLY want to do, the Portland Art in the Pearl. 130 vendors from over 1000 applicants is not good odds, but I am sure I will be there. I find out the middle of this month. You would hope that friends would be more empathetic, but I did get a chuckle out of it.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

All right, I'm relieved, I was judged and accepted to the local July Gresham Artwalk event! I always expect to be part of any show I try out for, but this was the first vending gig where I showed my carvings, so it holds a special place. Fairly certain this is my seventh year!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Keeping to my resolution to vend at events that are not tiki related, I sent in my application for the Ester Short recycled art festival in Vancouver Washington this June. It is a juried exhibit, so there are no guarantees, but I figure they would be out of their minds not to have me, right? Also sent in for the Gresham Artwalk in July, which I have done the last six years so I should be in on that one, but is also juried. The biggest one I want to do is Art in the Pearl, in Portland, and which I also sent photos to be judged.

Buoy Boys.

Buoy Boys.

"Ku"

"Ku"
Poplar.

"Many Menehunes"

"Many Menehunes"
Cedar.

"Nemo"

"Nemo"
cedar

"Sawyer"

"Sawyer"

"Top Knot"

"Top Knot"

"Chance"

"Chance"

"Upside Down" was a commissioned piece.

"Upside Down" was a commissioned piece.

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

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

"Captain Fritz"

"Captain Fritz"

"Gretsch"

"Gretsch"

"Dewey"

"Dewey"

Bad Medicine"

Bad Medicine"

"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

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.