Anatomy of a Tiki-Monster

Though they look like they are carved out of heavy wood, Kenneth J. Hall's Tiki-Monsters are actually fabricated out of a lightweight, flexible foam by the artist, using the same techniques he has used for nearly 40 years to make characters and creatures for the entertainment inustry.  Working from his own design, he creates patterns and templates.  From there, every piece is is hand-cut and glued to a wooden backboard.  Detail is added by carving, sanding, and even burning the foam.  The piece is then hard-coated with marine epoxy*, after which it is painted and stained.  Though they may start from the same design, no two Tiki Monsters are exactly alike.

 

*These pieces of art are not recommended for outdoor display.