For a moment, I was the Quiet Birdman’s brother.

Orlando asked out of the blue, “Are you LeRoy’s brother?”

Although I could tell that Orlando was joking, it was a huge compliment nonetheless. To be told I might resemble LeRoy Schmaltz, co-founder of Oceanic Arts is a considerable compliment. LeRoy has well-documented shirtless and bearded swagger, and is likely the most prolific Tiki carver of our time.

Read the rest of the story in Polynesiacs: Tiki at Home, page 174.

Oceanic Arts, Whittier, California

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