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I took last weekend off and went to the beach.

I took last weekend off and went to the beach.
Thursday was a beautiful sunset, the rest of the days were rainy.

Yaquina Head lighthouse.

Yaquina Head lighthouse.

Sea lions in Newport Bay.

Sea lions in Newport Bay.

We saw spouting whales galore, this one close to shore.

We saw spouting whales galore, this one close to shore.

This week I started an octopus head dress.

This week I started an octopus head dress.

Made from cedar.

Made from cedar.

The back is hollowed out.

The back is hollowed out.

Most time was spent on this cedar stump.

Most time was spent on this cedar stump.

I wish it would stay the pinkish color it has, but it will fade as it dries.

I wish it would stay the pinkish color it has, but it will fade as it dries.

I will add crossed tiki torches behind it.

I will add crossed tiki torches behind it.

One of the bones that stick out on this middle one broke.

One of the bones that stick out on this middle one broke.
I did not even unload this piece of jelutong at Tiki Oasis because I broke it. I re carved the bone in back, painted, and then reinforced it so it will not happen again.

Extra brace in back.

Extra brace in back.
I am doing a small local event next weekend, and will post pics. It is not tiki, I just decided to try it as I like the location on the Sandy River in Troutdale.

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.

"Captain Fritz"

"Captain Fritz"

"Gretsch"

"Gretsch"

"Dewey"

"Dewey"

"Nightlight"

"Nightlight"

"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

I'm basing my entry on this bone containing vessel found in Northern Auckland.

I'm basing my entry on this bone containing vessel found in Northern Auckland.