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Did some hand chiseling, chainsawing, grinding, sanding, and filing on "Birch."

Did some hand chiseling, chainsawing, grinding, sanding,  and filing on "Birch."

He is 7 foot tall and weighs a lot.

He is 7 foot tall and weighs a lot.

Entering Palm Springs.

Entering Palm Springs.
Don Quixote would have had quite a battle with these giants.

Beautiful scenery from the back of the Tropics Hotel where Tiki Caliente took place.

Beautiful scenery from the back of the Tropics Hotel where Tiki Caliente took place.

My booth was in a cool cabana this year.

My booth was in a cool cabana this year.

Zulluu played Thursday night.

Zulluu played Thursday night.

A highlight was the Voodoo Organist.

A highlight was the Voodoo Organist.

Later in the evening was the ultra cool Creepexotica.

Later in the evening was the ultra cool Creepexotica.

The Do Its were the surprise band for me. I thought they would be bad but they were fantastic fun.

The Do Its were the surprise band for me.  I thought they would be bad but they were fantastic fun.

Jason Arimoto has got to be the best ukulele player/singer in the world.

Jason Arimoto has got to be the best ukulele player/singer in the world.
He started the mellow Sunday vibe.

The Martini Kings.

The Martini Kings.

I happened on the most beautiful spot to eat a quick dinner on my way home in Shasta.

I happened on the most beautiful spot to eat a quick dinner on my way home in Shasta.

Monday, January 28, 2013

We tried to get into Hale Pele, a new local tiki bar, on opening day but after 20 minutes and no movement in the line we decided to try again. Another 3 pm New Years Eve attempt revealed a 5pm opening time so it was with great pleasure that me and my wife gained entry on her birthday this past week. The drinks and appetizers were fantastic with an atmosphere to match. We were even treated to a rare, sudden indoor thunder shower, and would advise anyone in the area to visit this eclectic bit o' Portland. Thanks Kerri for purchasing "Toma", as you know he is one of my favorites and will be missed!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I heard from Rory " WildsvilleMan" Snyder this week, the pith helmeted cool-cat organizer of Tiki Caliente and I'm invited back this year so Palm Springs here I come. The show is in May. Also heard back from Tiki Oasis in San Diego and I am on the waiting list so I'm positive about the chances of doing that one too. Just got word that I'm in at the Gresham Artwalk, a local show that I have done the past four years. It is the third Saturday in July.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Thanks to Hover Craft records for the Thursday music at the Doug Fir. Eight bands for five dollars is hard to beat and I had a smile on my face the whole time. I ranked them Guantanamo Baywatch first, Clorox Girls two and Boom! three. I also turned in requests to show at Tiki Caliente in May, Gresham Artwalk in July, and Tiki Oasis in August this week. In addition I will add a couple of books I've read by cool tiki people. "Blue Vegas Stories" is a pulpy and gritty collection of short stories by P. Moss, the owner of Frankie's Tiki Room and the Double Down Saloon. I liked every one of them but "The Chinaman" was my favorite. Also read part one of a trilogy "The Parrot Talks in Chocolate" by Everett Peacock that is upbeat and placed me warmly back on the beautiful island of Maui.

"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

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