Archive for September, 2009


Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Well its the busiest time of the year for me and so I have no time to blog it seems, but here’s a peek at whats going on in the Devil’s Workshop (my kitchen table).

Joker's head

Joker's head

A prop for a charity I am working on (but not in). This will be a real gorefest when it’s done!

head for sconce corpse

The horrah

I am building three of these guys. They will be corpse sconces, and have flickering LEDs in their eyes and chest cavities.

Ground Breaker up close

Ground Breaker

This guy is finished except for paint. I will be finishing my props and then painting them all at the same time. Why? Because I know exactly how long it will take me to paint something. That leaves time for things I have never done before to play out.

Bakin Monkies!

Finished ribs

Making sculpey ribs

Dead monkey 2.0 is mid construction. He got put on the back burner while I made sure I finished my Volcano. Yeah I said Volcano.

3/4 view of Volcano

Mosaic mountain

Need a moisturizer

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I hope to post some props and a preview of HTI 2009 so stay tuned.

Build Season Week 6

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


The volcano got done despite me being a prop nazi and waking up at 3am saturday morning for no reason and being unable to fall asleep again. I was grumpy, so I apologize once again to my fellow haunters.

Now to the volcano:


Courtney and Kendra help out on volcano (everyone helped BTW)

Courtney and Kendra assist on the Volcano

Piece by piece

Mosaic mountain

great stuff and not-so-great stuff

Need a moisturizer

Next weekend I’ll make his eyes and teeth a bit bigger, and paint him up. I’ll try to test out the smoke and fire if there is time.

Some other shots of the weekend labors:

Joe finishes the bridge

Joe secures the fascade

Tricia re-works last years blue man into the Lava Creep

Tricia Reworks the Blue man into lava Creep

Tricia Reworks the Blue man into lava Creep

Zac makes some feet and paints his ground breaker

Zac crafts some feet

Arrgghhh the lawn mover cut off my hands

FInally! Little butcher gets some feet

props that got finished or 95% done:

Kendra’s Carnivorous Flower
Tricia’s Venus Fly Traps
Patty’s Peeping Ghoul and shield
Zac’s Ground Breaker
Zac’s Little butcher from last year got some feet
Joe’s Tiki painted
Haunted Vines and Blacklight Flowers
Lava effect
Altar candles

I am quite confident that now we will finish everything. Yay Halloween!!!

Build Season Week 5

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Oh what a headache! Come on Volcano, be done already!!!

More guys and ghouls in the haunted garage this last weekend.

it's not halloween unless there are skulls drying on the hedge....
Venus flytraps - mansized
Zac's first ground breaker
tower of um...death?
Thanks haunt community for the great how-tos
Zac's first ground breaker
The to-do list

Man it doesn’t look like much but we got a lot done. Zac made a ground breaker in a day and half. Tricia got started on voodoo dolls and candles and stemmed her venus flytraps. Patty’s tiki mask from last week got painted and hooked up with a motor, but I forgot to photograph that. Joe got more work on the bridge done. I cast skulls and jaws all week end long and built the “Tower of Death” as we call it with the neighbors. You can see the Firebringer perched up top practicing his prayers.

This weekend coming up is the do or die build days. The Volcano must be done or all of halloween starts to slide in to failure and abandoned projects.

Build Season Week 4

Monday, September 14th, 2009

After a long holiday I got back to working in the haunted garage on Saturday. Due to work and camping, I was the only one there.

I got a lot done:

The horrah
Sconce Corpse
Sconce Corpse
The fire bringer cometh
Firebringer leg detail
Firebringer gets a ribcage

Then on sunday I Kendra and Patty didn’t have to work and joined me, along with first time prop builder Joe.

Kendra attended to the flora of Haunted Tiki Island:

andalusian flowers

Patty made a Samoan style tiki mask:

Patty uses reference materials
Patty's Somoan Tiki

Joe built his first prop, a tiki mask/shield, which was not too shabby:

Joe's First Tiki

and I started my first wood tiki ever:

My First Real TIki

Next week it’s time to move some lumber big time with all hands on deck. Ahoy Halloween!!!

The Tonga Room

Friday, September 11th, 2009

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

On Labor Day K and I went to The Tonga Room, a tiki bar located in the basement of our hotel, The Fairmont, in San Fransisco. I’m not gonna rate the drinks or the price, but it was a fun tiki themed experience. Usual bar and grill fare with $20-$35 dinners and $10 cocktails. Some good some bad, but all in all a fun place.


It’s a little sparse on tikis, and in the vein of the Tiki Room at Disneyland.


Good over all, fruity and full of booze, $10 each is the lowest price, up to $17.

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room


It was a cover band when we went on a sunday night. It was a $5 cover and not too bad. They play on a boat that floats in the middle of the room in a pool of water(by the way the Tonga room used to be an indoor pool at the Fairmont, so thats where the water comes from.)

The Tonga Room

If you dine there you get to sit in the boat house. This has a thatched roof, and boats slung from the ceiling, but it is the least tiki-riffic area of the whole joint.

The Tonga Room

If you sit in the cocktail area, you get more tiki fun and decorations.

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

Last but not least, the dance floor is the deck of a pirate ship, with a giant tiki guarding it.

The Tonga Room

Check out the Tonga Room if your in San Fran, it’s good.