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A profitable weekend in Palm Springs makes me a happy man.

A profitable weekend in Palm Springs makes me a happy man.

The hotel was perfect with hibiscus, tikis, and history.

The hotel was perfect with hibiscus, tikis, and history.

Also bamboo.

Also bamboo.

Thursday started with huge rain, but Friday afternoon saw some sunshine.

Thursday started with huge rain, but Friday afternoon saw some sunshine.

The music was all good.

The music was all good.
Thursday evening started with the ultra cool, smooth sounds of the Martini Kings.

Friday afternoon was a somewhat guided tour of the new carvings added to the Tropics Hotel's walls.

Friday afternoon was a somewhat guided tour of the new carvings added to the Tropics Hotel's walls.

This was an original by Bosko.

This was an original by Bosko.

Here's a restored one.

Here's a restored one.

The entrance to the hotel was a cool A frame design.

The entrance to the hotel was a cool A frame design.
The old T bird just happened to be parked there when I stumbled by with my camera.

Sorry no pics from Tony Fernandez who led off Friday night. The Hula Girl's were next.

Sorry no pics from Tony Fernandez who led off Friday night.  The Hula Girl's were next.

I was a bit blurry by this time and so were my pictures.

I was a bit blurry by this time and so were my pictures.
They sounded great and promised a new album soon.

Saturday opened perfectly with the traditional style of the Smokin' Menehunes.

Saturday opened perfectly with the traditional style of the Smokin' Menehunes.

I sure like the Ding Dong Devils. They were up next.

I sure like the Ding Dong Devils.  They were up next.
If I had the stones I'd dress like Brent on the right in the kelly green ensemble.

The Glasgow Tiki Shakers were also superb.

The Glasgow Tiki Shakers were also superb.

Tiki Joe's Ocean was the headliner and did not disappoint, but my pictures did.

Tiki Joe's Ocean was the headliner and did not disappoint, but my pictures did.

The best ukulele player in the world has to be Sunday's Jason Arimoto.

The best ukulele player in the world has to be Sunday's Jason Arimoto.

I slowly packed up with Kimo playing in the background.

I slowly packed up with Kimo playing in the background.

Some random shots.

Some random shots.
Me taking a picture of a guy taking a picture of Crazy Al and his sweet flaming tiki.

Judy Luck.

Judy Luck.

An on grounds tiki.

An on grounds tiki.

Back lit and carved with foam.

Back lit and carved with foam.

No cooler tiki dude than Jason Lee.

No cooler tiki dude than Jason Lee.
The talented musician purchased "Culture of Tiki" while I give the super secret Oregon OK sign.

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.

"Herb and Al"

"Herb and Al"

"Koko"

"Koko"

"Restless Natives"

"Restless Natives"

"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

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