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"Restless Natives"

"Restless Natives"
I was bored with the monotone look of this mahogany piece so I went back in and added quinacridone violet mixed with black in the deep recesses and mixed white into the mix for the lighter parts.

"Brunswick"

"Brunswick"
Not too pleased with the end result of this poplar piece either so I added a mixture of kelly and darker blue green paint to portions, green rope and thread to finish.

I'm happy now.

I'm happy now.

I had to clear coat over the green portions so it would not chip off.

I had to clear coat over the green portions so it would not chip off.

"Lloyd" is coming along.

"Lloyd" is coming along.
A piece of bass wood, I added a space in the bottom for lighting.

The first two oars I carved sold immediately.

The first two oars I carved sold immediately.
I have been searching Craigslist since for Sawyer paddles to carve. I was bummed when a 45 minute journey to check some paddles out proved to be too good to be true. But it turned out to be a score. Thanks Lyle of Oregon City!! This free Sawyer head was worth the trip.

Also waiting for some tied floats from Columbus Ohio for this poplar carving.

Also waiting for some tied floats from Columbus Ohio for this poplar carving.

Monday, February 20, 2012

I got accepted to the Gresham Artwalk again this year so if you live in the area come on by and say hi. It is the third weekend of July and if you mention this blogspot I will give you a Frog Island Tiki T shirt.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I went and saw an all-time favorite of mine last night at Dantes. The Secret Chiefs 3 are a great instrumental band and did a fantastic one hour set combining all kinds of instruments, sounds, and influences. A lot is very middle eastern sounding, with some surf, spaghetti western, metal, and punk. One guy played the keyboards, guitar, violin, and trumpet all with a crazy sort of vail over his face. I was also surprised that the opening band was U Sco, locals that I had seen a few weeks ago. They are another instrumental band that matched up with SC3 very well, but I can not say the same for the headlining band Dengue Fever. They play a 60s sort of Hanoi rock with a Cambodian gal as lead singer. Very syrupy soft sound that brought the mood down too much. A highlight of the evening was the guy (girl?) dressed in brown galoshes, tight leggings, brown vinyl raincoat open at the chest, an "F" on his t shirt (fly person?) and a cloth green bug mask. The mask was open at the mouth so it could drink a Pabst 16 ouncer or three.

"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