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I purchased these lobster floats on Ebay.

I purchased these lobster floats on Ebay.
They are from Maine, which I admit is a long way from Maui, but they are nautical, come from the ocean, and so can be considered tiki...I rest my case.

First thing is to sand the paint off.

First thing is to sand the paint off.

I did the bottom section first.

I did the bottom section first.

I'm not sure what type wood it is but it is super soft like pine.

I'm not sure what type wood it is but it is super soft like pine.

Limited detail is in order.

Limited detail is in order.

I do not like using reading glasses for carving.

I do not like using reading glasses for carving.
That means I am carving way too small.

I roughed the top section also.

I roughed the top section also.

All four sides will look the same.

All four sides will look the same.

Four noses and four eyes.

Four noses and four eyes.

Teeth will go all the way around.

Teeth will go all the way around.
Imagine, me doing something abstract, but my lack of focus is at fault.

It has been windy lately here in the Portland area.

It has been windy lately here in the Portland area.

Two alder trees fell in my yard, they carve up nicely.

Two alder trees fell in my yard, they carve up nicely.
This one is 60 feet long.

Also started a cedar river float.

Also started a cedar river float.

A coat of oil and dark stain.

A coat of oil and dark stain.
My vending neighbor at Tiki Oasis Gecko told me to burn these, but I almost blew myself up with the first attempt, so I think I will stick to oil and stain.

A four color screen print on Hawaiian fabric.

A four color screen print on Hawaiian fabric.

Marker on bristol paper.

Marker on bristol paper.

I stayed inside working these this week because I was tired of carving.

I stayed inside working these this week because I was tired of carving.

Super busy at my real job, printing t shirts.

Super busy at my real job, printing t shirts.
I started my t shirt printing business in 1979, and we have never been busier.

Another marker work in progress.

Another marker work in progress.
After printing all day I just do not have the stamina to go out in the evening to carve, so I draw to relieve the pressure.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Well I tried Facebook for a couple of weeks but aborted the trip yesterday. It's a very cool tool and am aghast at the traffic it generates but it is almost like leading another life. Also I was totally crushed when I got my friend requests denied and felt poorly when I rejected people I had no desire to know any better. Plus it's too hard to make yourself sound interesting. Facebook has many great things going for it and I had some fun - It just wasn't for me. FBFF-TTFN

Sunday, September 4, 2011

I went to the Thatch tiki bar last weekend and downed the best mai tai I have ever had. Recommended. Also talked to Wildsville Man Rory Snyder about vending in his Tiki Caliente event which happens in May. It is smaller than Tiki Oasis in San Diego and the timing of it is better for me. I will contact him the first of the year and get in.

"Link"

"Link"

"Long Pig"

"Long Pig"

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.