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Thanks so much to John and Irene, I used your Christmas cash to support my habit.

Thanks so much to John and Irene, I used your Christmas cash to support my habit.
On the left is khaya, in the mahogany family, and my favorite wood to carve jelutong on the right.

I already had sketches and went to the lumber store to search out the right wood.

I already had sketches and went to the lumber store to search out the right wood.

Started the mahogany piece and am really liking how it carves.

Started the mahogany piece and am really liking how it carves.
It will be a wall hanging.

I added backlight to "Lily", a piece of red oak.

I added backlight to "Lily", a piece of red oak.

I will pull it all apart once more and add the final paint job.

I will pull it all apart once more and add the final paint job.

Slaved away on this hard purple heart plank.

Slaved away on this hard purple heart plank.
I bought it because it was so beautiful, but it is a chore to carve into it's hardness.

You probably can't tell but I did many hours on "Dewey"

You probably can't tell but I did many hours on "Dewey"
I was trying to figure out a name for this cedar log from my yard, and wanted it to have something to do with it's super wet nature.

It laid in the yard for a year absorbing rain water.

It laid in the yard for a year absorbing rain water.
I will use that trick with lumber I have covered as the moisture content made it easier to carve , especially details.

A glass eye that I made will go into the fish once it has dried out a bit.

A glass eye that I made will go into the fish once it has dried out a bit.

This has not received much love around here, but he is one of my favorites.

This has not received much love around here, but he is one of my favorites.

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.

"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

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