Frog Island Tikis

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I just was not happy with the natural finish of this set of floats.

I just was not happy with the natural finish of this set of floats.

Here it is after burning.

Here it is after burning.

The other side.

The other side.

Lil' Smokey is done.

Lil' Smokey is done.

A clear and then dark walnut in the deep portions.

A clear and then dark walnut in the deep portions.

I also worked on this slit drum looking piece of ash.

I also worked on this slit drum looking piece of ash.

Top is Papua New Guinea influenced.

Top is Papua New Guinea influenced.

I like the shape of the wood.

I like the shape of the wood.

Back will be decorated also.

Back will be decorated also.

I'll be taking a few weeks off but will get back to it towards the end of this month.

I'll be taking a few weeks off but will get back to it towards the end of this month.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

I received news from Tiki Oasis this week that there will be no outdoor vending this year, but it's a tremendous event with a ton of vendors that I like and enjoy talking to so I'm going anyways. It starts July 28 3-8 for Oasis ticket holders, general public Saturday and Sunday 10-4.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

I went back and forth deciding if I wanted to vend at the San Diego Tiki Oasis this year, but when they gave me one of the coveted outdoor spaces I had to say yes. It is the last weekend of July early August and I will have plenty of stock since my last event was Oasis 2019.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

A Happy New year all! This will be a large time for me as I am heading into retirement and my 42 year old business is now officially up for sale. I have printed t shirts in four different locations but the physical nature of it has got my joints hurting. My brother has been with me for most of the time and he too is feeling the effects. It is poor timing as large gatherings of people are required to make it in this biz, 70% of our work is schools related. I thought I would always be good with this percentage and never imagined that they would ever close. I'm lucky to have a great customer base though and have been able to pay my rents, hoping 2021 shows signs of improvement!!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Thanks to TikiTrail for inviting me to show off on their Zoom meeting on Tuesday. My daughter helped me learn how to use the ap and it was easy once I practiced a bit. I set up outside so that people could view where I work and I answered good questions for 15 minutes or so. Also my Florida friend Tom Fowner was on and was great to briefly chat with him.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

I don't usually join groups on Facebook but when I started seeing carvers that I have never seen before on the TikiLand page I decided to try. I can't believe the response and exposure the site has given me, I had no idea there were so many tiki people out there that I did not know!

Sunday, January 26, 2020

I am REALLY looking forward to the Munktiki 20th anniversary party in Astoria Oregon this April! This event has been cancelled because of recent and unforeseen circumstances.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Thanks to Debba-Debba, Paul, and Miles for inviting me to bring tikis to your gallery in downtown Astoria Oregon. The 1920s building is exceptional, best of luck in the coming year to Munktiki!!

"Moises"

"Moises"
Walnut.

Basswood. Sold

"Headly"

"Headly"
Cedar

"Elevator Going Up"

"Elevator Going Up"
Milled cedar.

"Rhythm Fish"

"Rhythm Fish"
Milled Doug Fir.

"Cannibal Drums"

"Cannibal Drums"
Cedar. Sold

"Head Hunter"

"Head Hunter"
Milled cedar.

"Randy"

"Randy"
Cedar

"Sawyer"

"Sawyer"
paddle.

Milled cedar

"Curly"

"Curly"
Poplar

"Chief"

"Chief"
Milled cedar

Milled cedar.

Untitled.

Untitled.
Basswood.

Untitled

Untitled
Milled cedar and timber bamboo. Sold.

"Sunny"

"Sunny"
Cedar

Untitled.

Untitled.
Unknown wood but maybe ash.

"Bedpost"

"Bedpost"
Pine. Sold.

"Chicken of the Sea"

"Chicken of the Sea"
Plywood. Sold

"Eruption"

"Eruption"
Plywood. Sold.

"Maminal"

"Maminal"
Plywood. Sold.

"Sundial Lyle"

"Sundial Lyle"
Cedar.

Necklace Holder

Necklace Holder
Bass wood. Sold

"Footstool"

"Footstool"
Cedar. Sold

"Wingo"

"Wingo"
Milled cedar.

An oar for my wife to hang her tiki necklaces from.

An oar for my wife to hang her tiki necklaces from.

Untitled

Untitled
Tight grain fir.

"Mingus and Miles"

"Mingus and Miles"
Cedar, sold.

A eucalyptus piece for the Tiki Central Art Swap 2020.

A eucalyptus piece for the Tiki Central Art Swap 2020.

"Potbelly"

"Potbelly"
Cedar. Sold.

A carving to match fabric from Dawn Frasier.

A carving to match fabric from Dawn Frasier.
Keeping this one made of cedar.

Untitled.

Untitled.
Cedar. Sold.

The other side.

The other side.

"Eye of the Tiki"

"Eye of the Tiki"
Milld cedar. Sold

"Voodoo Organist"

"Voodoo Organist"
Basswood. Sold. Unfortunately this one was lost by the USPS and I had to refund the money. It was purchased by the Voodoo Organist himself so I am extremely disappointed. Maybe it will turn up some day. It showed up in perfect condition a month late but we were both extremely happy!

"Tiki Time"

"Tiki Time"
Milled cedar. Sold.

"Skully"

"Skully"
Carved from a thrift store paddle. Sold.

Mahogany.

"Walden"

"Walden"
Milled cedar. Sold.

"Moe"

"Moe"
Alaskan yellow cedar.

"Kileauea"

"Kileauea"
Cedar. Sold.

Side cut-outs.

Side cut-outs.

"Art"

"Art"

Untitled as of yet.

Untitled as of yet.
Sold.

The other side.

The other side.

"Bernie"

"Bernie"
Sold.

"Rowen"

"Rowen"
Sold.

"Fez"

"Fez"
Poplar.

"Pierce"

"Pierce"
Cedar. Sold.

"Precarious Perch"

"Precarious Perch"
Alaskan yellow cedar.

"Lure"

"Lure"
Cedar, I got the idea from Spongebob Squarepants' living room.

Parrot.

Parrot.
Sold.

"King Ohmyohmyoh"

"King Ohmyohmyoh"
Bass wood.

"Orlando"

"Orlando"
Sold.

"Kamejiro"

"Kamejiro"
Alaskan yellow cedar. Sold.

"Yarnell", a Feather Light paddle.

"Yarnell", a Feather Light paddle.
Sold.

"Nightmare in Mahogany"

"Nightmare in Mahogany"
Sold.

"Porter"

"Porter"
Cedar Sold.

"Stan"

"Stan"
Cedar. Sold.

"Koo"

"Koo"
Sold

"Clayton"

"Clayton"
A mug of my design and redone by Michael Sbicca, Jungle Modern Ceramics.

"NoBobs"

"NoBobs"
Yellow cedar. Sold.

"Navigator Unknown"

"Navigator Unknown"
Sold.

"Webster"

"Webster"
Purple heart.

"Link"

"Link"

"Long Pig"

"Long Pig"

I'll figure out a face soon, this week.

I'll figure out a face soon, this week.

Buoy Boys.

Buoy Boys.
Sold.

"Red"

"Red"
Cedar. Sold

"Ku"

"Ku"
Poplar/Sold.

"Many Menehunes"

"Many Menehunes"
Cedar. Sold

"Nemo"

"Nemo"
cedar, Sold.

"Sawyer"

"Sawyer"
Sold.

"Top Knot"

"Top Knot"
Sold.

"Chance"

"Chance"

"Upside Down" was a commissioned piece.

"Upside Down" was a commissioned piece.
Sold.

"Foxtrot" is named for the antique store where he was purchased.

"Foxtrot" is named for the antique store where he was purchased.
Sold.

"Captain Fritz"

"Captain Fritz"

"Gretsch"

"Gretsch"
Sold.

"Dewey"

"Dewey"
Sold.

Bad Medicine"

Bad Medicine"

"Mr. Devlin's Luau"

"Mr. Devlin's Luau"
Sold.

"Lily"

"Lily"
Sold.

Tiki Central art swap piece "Seasons".

Tiki Central art swap piece "Seasons".

"Benny"

"Benny"
Sold.

"Joaquin"

"Joaquin"
Red Oak, sold.

"No Wake"

"No Wake"
Sold.

"Jack"

"Jack"

"Restless Natives"

"Restless Natives"
Mahogany. Sold.

"Skeptic"

"Skeptic"
Noble. Sold

Tiki Central art swap piece "Enchanted Tiki Room"

Tiki Central art swap piece "Enchanted Tiki Room"

"Bardoon"

"Bardoon"
Sold.

"Darwin"

"Darwin"
Cedar.

"Punchy's Brother"

"Punchy's Brother"
Sold.

"Mark"

"Mark"
Sold.

"Medley"

"Medley"
Sold.

"Lloyd"

"Lloyd"
Sold.

The middle jelutong piece is the only shot I have of "Ward"

The middle jelutong piece is the only shot I have of "Ward"
Sold.

"Herb and Al"

"Herb and Al"
Sold.

"Koko"

"Koko"
Sold.

"Brunswick"

"Brunswick"

Tiki Central art swap "Hawaiian Shirts"

Tiki Central art swap "Hawaiian Shirts"

"Totem"

"Totem"
Sold.

"Cannibal's Cauldron"

"Cannibal's Cauldron"
Sold.

"Nina"

"Nina"
Sold.

"Pele Lani"

"Pele Lani"
Sold.

"Orson"

"Orson"
Sold.

The top.

The top.

"Tsuga"

"Tsuga"

"Ben"

"Ben"
Sold.

Lighting by TikiSkip.

Lighting by TikiSkip.

"Dyson"

"Dyson"
Sold.

"Lonnie"

"Lonnie"
Sold.

Tiki Central Swap

Tiki Central Swap

"Orville"

"Orville"
Sold.

"Makemake"

"Makemake"
Sold.

"Tika"

"Tika"
Sold.

"Nelson"

"Nelson"
Sold.

"Maka Puke"

"Maka Puke"
Sold.

"La Tsunami"

"La Tsunami"

"Barry"

"Barry"
Sold.

This is a bass wood sign I did for a Columbus, Ohio based designer of cool tiki bar lighting.

"Lauderdale"

"Lauderdale"
Sold.

"Eaton"

"Eaton"
Sold.

"Bernie"

"Bernie"
Sold.

"Ron"

"Ron"
Sold.

"Stu"

"Stu"
Sold.

"Surfin' Bird"

"Surfin' Bird"
Sold.

"'Ohiki" (Hawaiian for sand crab)

"'Ohiki" (Hawaiian for sand crab)
Sold.

"Power"

"Power"
Sold.

"Juan and Atu"

"Juan and Atu"
Sold.

"Beatrice and Giovanni"

"Beatrice and Giovanni"
Sold.

"Airic"

"Airic"
Sold.

"Bob"

"Bob"
One of my personal favs. Sold.

"Jared"

"Jared"
Rhymes with Scared. Sold.

"Toma"

"Toma"
And this is my favorite as I like his bad attitude. Sold.

"Tiki Kabob"

"Tiki Kabob"
Sold.

"Tiki Kabob 2"

"Tiki Kabob 2"
Sold.

"Flip"

"Flip"
Named Flip because he is wearing flip flops. Sold.

"Paddleman"

"Paddleman"
Sold.

"Lucy"

"Lucy"
Sold.

"Growth Pole"

"Growth Pole"
Sold.

"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. Sold.

"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"
Sold.

"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
Sold.

Legba

Legba
Sold.

Legbas backside

Screen printed voodoo symbols on Legba

Mehevi

Mehevi
His name comes from a great book titled "Typee" by Herman Melville. Sold.

Group photo

Group photo

Flip

Flip
Sold.

The back of Flip

Ali'i

Ali'i
Sold.

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
Sold.

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

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Mahogany has a nice smell as you carve.

Mahogany has a nice smell as you carve.

Too many details.

Too many details.
My style does not include the tedious, so will forgo on all previous efforts.

A neapolitan paint job.

A neapolitan paint job.

This is the latest and last float till the new batch for San Diego next month.

This is the latest and last float till the new batch for San Diego next month.

I cut the top out of this one.

I cut the top out of this one.





Set up on Saturday.

Set up on Saturday.

The other sides.

The other sides.
Destination: Tiki Oasis San Diego.