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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.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I haven't posted for a while so just thought I'd blab a bit. My live music report is pretty weak as I find it harder to leave my home and drive into Portland at 9 in the evening to attend but did manage to go to the Aladdin Theatre to see the Psychedelic Firs recently. I don't usually go to see older bands 'cause let's face it- Rock & Roll is a young persons sport. But together with two new members and three of the originals it made for a pretty darn good show. I missed the Thee Oh Sees show partly out of protest for playing at this years Pick-A-Thon here in Portland (I didn't want to have to rub elbows with some bearded, smelly hippie) but I understand that as a band you have to make money. I missed both the Melvins show and Nice Nice because of out of town fun things. Visiting my daughter in Orlando was great and also attended a wedding in Las Vegas. Working hard to carve mostly new things for the Tiki Caliente event in May 2013 and also the Artwalk here in July, the Tiki Kon and Elroy Artspace events in August as well as Tiki Oasis which is a hopeful at towards the end of that month. Thanks to local guy Ken and his wife for purchasing O'Hiki and Paddleman. They have the nicest manicured yard (including many palm) I have seen and the tikis look fantastic.

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"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