Welcome To Santa Cruz Tiki Shack
If you're looking to add a little exotica to your life, you've come to the right place! Skillfully carved and expertly sanded, each Santa Cruz Tiki is a unique yet affordable work of art that makes a striking addition to any home, garden or place of business.
Santa Cruz Tikis are the passion of local carver Wilhelm Zilliacus. When not riding the waves at Pleasure Point, Will can be found wielding a chainsaw and turning reclaimed redwood into powerful polynesian-style sculpture. Will began carving Tikis in the late nineties, after hauling home a sizeable driftwood log from a nearby beach. He's not sure which South-Pacific deity possessed him to begin carving into the wood, but he was quite happy with the resulting sculpture, which still resides in his garden.
The popularity of Will's work has grown with each passing year, and his Tikis can be found all over Santa Cruz, most notably at Pleasure Point, a Surf City landmark where his giant Jay Moriarty Memorial Tiki stands watch over the local surfers.
One of the biggest differences between Santa Cruz Tikis and any others you will find is the depth of the carving and the uniqueness of the designs. Many tikis are cut over the top few layers of wood only, while Santa Cruz Tikis feature cuts that extend more than half way into the log. This allows the natural beauty of the wood's grain to become visible and gives the resulting statue a ferocious and protective demeanor.
Depending on the size of the log and detail of the carving, our tikis can take anywhere from 10 to 45 days to complete. Santa Cruz Tikis are generally finished with either a wood sealant or marine varnish to protect the rich colors from fading, although some may prefer an unfinished, more rustic look, and this style can be accommodated as well.