An accident on the highway back in September of 1994 would forever change Robert Atkinson’s life.
Atkinson, also known as “Tiki Bob” among neighbors and friends carves tikis for a living, but this profession didn’t come until after he was confined to a wheel chair.
“I don’t quit, I don’t sit in the corner and have a pity party with myself. I get up, I’m determined and motivated to live life to it’s fullest,” said Panama City Resident, Robert Atkinson.
With only one leg and one good hand, “Tiki Bob” has found reason to keep going through his artwork. He started carving the tikis back in 1996 and has been doing it throughout the years. However recent surgeries throughout the past five years has put a hold on his work.
“It’s a long hard climb to rebuild after you’ve been down for a while and five years is a long time down,” said Atkinson.
By transporting the wood with his wheelchair and using his foot to hold the wood and his hands to hold the chainsaw, he creates works of art. Not only does his art make those who buy it happy but this hobby also has benefits on his health.
“It’s a stress reliever, physical therapy, occupational therapy all in one shot,” Atkinson said.
The prices of his tiki range from $15 to about $125, but no one can but a price on the happiness this work gives him.
“Tiki Bob” is also looking for a creative assistant to teach the trade to. So if you’re interested in that position or interested in finding out more information/purchasing his art, you can reach Robert Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-238-9705.