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This clay piece is for "Brunswick"

This clay piece is for "Brunswick"
I cut a cardboard circle in half and added black and white Sculpy polymer clay over it.

"Brunswick"

"Brunswick"

After baking, the clay eight ball shrunken head will go into the triangle.

After baking,  the clay eight ball shrunken head will go into the triangle.
My pal recovers pool tables and will bring me a piece of green felt to put behind the triangle.

This mahogany carving is roughed out.

This mahogany carving is roughed out.
Working title is "Restless Natives"... Because they are.

A huge wind storm yesterday dropped lots of debris.

A huge wind storm yesterday dropped lots of debris.
All the gold cedar duff looks pretty but someone eventually has to rake it all up.

A better look of the amount of material that fell everywhere.

A better look of the amount of material that fell everywhere.
I guess I am complaining but I will put up with it because I live in Paradise.

Also put some time into finishing up this heavy cedar piece.

Also put some time into finishing up this heavy cedar piece.

All three projects together.

All three projects together.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I took the plunge today and signed up for the Tiki Caliente event in Palm Springs this coming May. Rory "Wildsville Man" Snyder is the host and said he was looking for some new vendors so I figured what the heck. I will get to meet such great carvers as Crazy Al, Buzzy, Kirby, and TikiTonz so it will be well worth the trip. Rory said that with that competition it will be hard to sell the big stuff so bring things in the 30-60 dollar range. I have been thinking about trying to sculpt some small glass tiki necklaces so I guess this is my opportunity to try. Also getting together some Frog Island Tiki t shirts to give to the Reverend Horton Heat when they return to Portland on New Year's Eve. The best news is my first or second all-time favorite live band Secret Chiefs 3 will be here in March! Already got my tickets, can't wait.

Friday, December 2, 2011

My favorite newer band without question is Thee Oh Sees from SF and they played last night at the Doug Fir. Easily the best show I have seen this year. They added a band mate and are now 5 strong with 2 drummers. They travel extensively and if they come to your town see them while they are at their peak. Local guys Mean Jeans opened with a fun, punky, sweaty set and were followed by a great Aussie band Total Control. They were also a 5 piece and if there is such a thing as melancholy punk they were it.

"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