Frog Island Tikis

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This year's Tiki Caliente in Palm Springs was my best I have had.

This year's Tiki Caliente in Palm Springs was my best I have had.
My spot is a cool little cabana.

I sold eleven pieces, including this big boy that I just completed.

I sold eleven pieces, including this big boy that I just completed.
Damian and her husband Si are my best customers, I think they have eight pieces!.

This was the first thing that sold.

This was the first thing that sold.
I will start another one soon as they are a lot of fun.

I could not find a full body shot of this one, but it also is big.

I could not find a full body shot of this one, but it also is big.
I was happy when this guy sold as he was my heaviest. I was proud that it now belongs to the organizer of Tiki Caliente and the owner of the Reef Bar.

It surprised me that this was the first poplar carving that sold.

It surprised me that this was the first poplar carving that sold.
I thought that the color would be too bright, but that was the reason it sold.

The same person came back and bought this also.

The same person came back and bought this also.
She lived across the street from where we were vending at the Royal Hawaiian. I have sold another tiki to a customer there and I got to deliver it. What a beautiful place to live!

Perfect weather in the high 70s to mid 80s.

Perfect weather in the high 70s to mid 80s.

My favorite band that played there was Creepexotica.

My favorite band that played there was Creepexotica.

Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides are also one of my favorites.

Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides are also one of my favorites.

Mellow Sunday featured Troy Fernandez.

Mellow Sunday featured Troy Fernandez.
I listen to his albums all the time, he sounds like I picture Hawaii.

My ride home Monday morning is a long one.

My ride home Monday morning is a long one.
Palm Springs to Grants Pass takes me about 14 hours, but I always stop to take a break and eat a Subway sando at Lake Shasta. It was drizzly, thundery, but beautiful. I need to get busy as Tiki Kon here in Portland is coming July 4th.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

I have been trying the last two years to get into the local Portland Art in the Pearl (it is not a tiki event) and have gotten rejection notices, so I told myself I would give it one more chance this year. Just received a notice that I made the "wait list", which I am considering a small victory even if I don't make it. It is a very prestigious event with only a hundred vendors accepted from more than a thousand entries so to have a chance is exciting. I find out the middle of May if there is a space for me, will let you know.

Monday, March 4, 2019

All set for this years Tiki Caliente/Palm Springs in May, will be in the same beautiful cabana again, thanks to Wildsville Man Rory Snyder for always hooking me up with a great spot! Also heard today from the local Tiki Kon, this year in a new location downtown Portland. Again, thanks to Greg and Justin for the fantastic "Spotlight Vending" area, I will be there Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this time instead of just one day like in the past. It happens in July.

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.

Parrot.

Parrot.
Sold.

"King Ohmyohmyoh"

"King Ohmyohmyoh"
Bass wood.

"Orlando"

"Orlando"
Sold.

"Kamejiro"

"Kamejiro"
Alaskan yellow cedar. Sold.

"Yarnell", a Feather Light paddle.

"Yarnell", a Feather Light paddle.
Sold.

"Nightmare in Mahogany"

"Nightmare in Mahogany"

"Porter"

"Porter"
Cedar

"Stan"

"Stan"
Cedar. Sold.

"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.