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Benzart and earlier, Plus Tropicana scans

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here are a few Survivors from 20 years ago taken by Mr Smiley


[ Edited by: Benzart 2010-05-23 17:28 ]

[ Edited by: Benzart 2010-08-01 19:24 ]

Beautiful work Ben (and you still look the same :wink: ) Any chance you will use some of these pics to re-populate the Tropicana TIKI thread?

Ben, It's about time, I've been waiting for you to join us here. What a legacy. Don't stop now I hope you will keep editing to add more and more to the bottom so that scrolling will keep all the photos together. I'm going to want to visit here often. Such massive and impress work and on the other hand you do such beautiful and delicate rock carvings. You are terrifically talented an inspiration for us all. Hugs, Wendy


Whoa, I never knew you worked BIG!!! How long ago was that?


Ben your work is incredible and amazing, I love your work.

:tiki: OMG! :tiki:

more like OM Freakin'G!
Excellent Ben!
It's great seeing these older ones
Really like seeing the seeds of more recent work
planted in these earlier masterworks!
YAY Benz!


Thanks for posting these pics, Ben.

Such an incredible catalog deserves a proper book that documents all this (if you should ever require a writer/historian to put a project like that together Ben, let's talk. I'm the man!!)

Cheers! G


Yeah Ben! Glad you finally did some good scans of the photos from your albums. (About time! :))

Thanks for posting Ben, Are any of those around still? Those are awesome!


On 2010-05-22 19:29, 4WDtiki wrote:
Whoa, I never knew you worked BIG!!! How long ago was that?

I then Ben told me they were made during 1989 and 1990. Twenty years ago!



You can visit one of the Tropicana tikis now at Frankie's...



Polly posted on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 7:07 PM

Great job!
I really love your carvings.

Hi Ben, we were just at Forbidden Island. We were staring at a beautiful tiki and upon closer examination be found Benzart carved at the base. We got to to say,
"we know one when we see one" always perfection. Thank you Ben for all the beautiful art you bring to this world. Wendy

I just saw your Tropicana tiki on John-O's thread. We will have to go to Frankie's in Las Vegas to see it.

[ Edited by: danlovestikis 2011-05-05 15:32 ]

I never get tired of looking at these pictures. Just makes me wish I had an "in" when they were getting rid of all these marvelous works! I actually have some 3D pictures of them, but they are 3D slides and there's no way to scan 'em.

The pics are good but the subjects are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing them, Ben.


Been awhile so heres some more.


You are THE MAN Benz, period.

I feel incredibly lucky that you have spent some time with me & showed me some things. You have probably forgotten more about tikis & carving than most of us will ever know...lol...


I had to got through them all again.


great stuff ben !!

I was in vegas at the tropicana in may 94' - all those tikis and those huts were still there. I feel fortunnate to have seen them in their original setting. Who knew that 10 years later i would end up commissioning you for a carving and get to see all your great work here on tiki central..... small world.


Thanks Guys, Yes these bring back great memories and I'm Happy you still enjoy them. Heres some more.

McTiki posted on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 8:19 AM

Pure Awesomeness.

Thank you sir! More inspirations.



cy posted on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 11:55 AM

Tree-mendous Benz, an unbelievable body of work that most of us can only dream about!


amate posted on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 6:10 AM

a real reality check for us wanna be carvers. Wow!!!

WOW WOW WOW. Ben you create what we dream about. Hugs, Wendy

KAHAKA posted on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 6:56 PM

A true master!!! Great pics.


Just perfect each and every time. Your number one fan.

The love you have for your craft really shines through your whole body of work!

mp posted on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 9:31 AM

Amazing work that never seems to end. Definitely Inspiring!


Thanks Everyone for your great responses I love every one, Much Appreciated. I will add more soon.

cy posted on Sat, Feb 2, 2013 11:15 AM

You have MORE????

Benz- u da man...

amate posted on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 4:08 AM

This deserves another look...


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