What seems like an industrial building with a tiki for decoration in the front is actually a Polynesian decor business on Whittier Boulevard in Whittier.
Bob Van Oosting and LeRoy Schmaltz founded Oceanic Arts 56 years ago and now they have been called the "mecca of tiki" by fans.
"I've watched people walk in absolutely amazed," Van Oosting says. "We've seen people all they way from Lithuania and Germany, just stand in front, listen to the waterfall and say, `Wow."'
The partners say they started in the business by accident. They were carving palm fronds and mosaic work when they met Robert H. Carter who had his Carvings by Carter on the west side of Whittier.
"He was carving tikis and needed help and we both started working for him," Schmaltz said. They did a lot of carvings.
"LeRoy would lay it out and we would both sit on logs from Fiji and carve these rail posts for Trader Vic's."
Inside they sell imported decorations from drink mugs to puffer fish, glass ball lights, outrigger canoes, thatchings and mattings.
"We have everything that a person needs other than the mai tais. We don't have those," said Van Oosting.
Schmaltz has continued making tikis and carvings as well as custom restorations.
"In college I studied anthropology and every time I have a mask or a shield I go to the books to make sure I'm accurate," Schmaltz says.
His carving work can be seen all over. He has carved all of the Pelican signs in the Islands restaurants.
"We've done work for Disney since the beginning," Schmaltz said. Recently, they helped in making Trader Sam's bar and the Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.
They see a lot of set designers and had supplied various items for movies and television shows including props and set decorations for all four of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.