Now that Pele is doing her duty spewing magma around my yard, I thought it was time to get another character from the Enchanted Tiki Room started. For the second round I chose Rongo, the “god of agriculture.” Why, pray tell? Well, because our vegetable garden isn’t fruiting enough. And when it does the squirrels steal it anyway. So I was thinking “god of agriculture…maybe make some more growth and act as scarecrow.”
So after two nights of painting, and a day of getting a spine installed (lawn stake, wood glue), I cleaned up his lines and painted his backside brown so as to add a first layer of seal. Three or four coats of polyurethane and he’s going to look GREAT with the vegetables in the garden!
After painting Pele’s front side, I applied a coat of exterior brown spray paint to her back half, and 3 coats of polyurethane on each side. She’s braced on the back with garden stakes, and has one stake under each foot. About 6″ directly behind her is a tiki torch to take advantage of forced perspective to make her volcano hat come to life (and hopefully ward off some mosquitos.) She’s nestled in a local-climate friendly flowering bush (plumbago) and I think she looks right at home.
Next up is Rongo, the “god of agriculture” who will grace the area where our vegetable container garden resides. The wood is purchased and an image is gridded out, just need to transfer, cut, paint, seal, and he’ll be ready to go (that’s going to take a couple weeks!)