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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, March 23, 2011

Also worked on a limited edition screen print for "Skootiki: Mods and Gods" that will be here in July. It will feature tiki art and Lambretta scooters of which there is some kind of connection ( ? ) I had a blast at last year's event and am looking forward to this one. Of course I will have carved tikis as well. Will let you know on the opening day. Come on down-it's worth it.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Been busy with more shameless self promotion lately and hopped onto the "Tiki Central" bandwagon. It is a forum that encompasses everything tiki from carvings, paintings, destination spots, history, exotic drinks, etc. It has taken me about a year to sort through it and figure things out but I did it. Also heard from Joe at Elroy Artspace today and I'm in for this years' tiki show. It will be in July.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Getting burned out on carving and need to get painting. The varnish that I use is great for outdoor use but requires many coats and months of drying time. Just waiting for 50 degree weather. Thanks to the many people that actually follow progress on this blog. I can't believe the power of the internet and am fascinated by the world-wide reach of it all. Although 90% of the hits come from the good ol' U.S. I get hits from Canada, China, the Dominican Republic, Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, Luxenbourg, Latvia, (I bet there are NO tikis in Latvia. Be the first on your bloc. Order now! I will ship.) Australia, Brazil and more.

"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