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Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 1886
From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2006-09-20 7:21 pm   Permalink

It's awesome seeing all these pics of "Benzart, the early Years", but also pretty sad that these incredible carvings came at the cost of your health. Those giant redwood guys are just mindblowing. What a shame these tikis weren't all kept together, it must have been quite a sight.

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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
Posts: 4027
From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2006-09-20 7:55 pm   Permalink

Ben, I was just curious, how do you feel about the fact that all the tikis that you carved at the Tropicana are gone? Do you get attached to the pieces or is it easy to let go?

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Joined: Mar 11, 2006
Posts: 921
From: Eastern Shores of Western Civilization
Posted: 2006-09-20 8:10 pm   Permalink

WOW! Ben, thanks for sharing the photo album! It was mentioned they are no longer there??? Anybody know where they went? Those redwoods could technically last for hundreds of years...

I was out in Crescent City, drove the Avenue of Giants in August, incredible & humbling.

The health issues you experienced is horrible, but glad to see you back in action creating for those who truly appreciate and value, YOU and your talents!

Now, wherez those redwoods hiding???


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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10397
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-09-21 05:05 am   Permalink

Thanks guys, Yes you Do get attached to your carvings and hate to see them go, but bizness is Bizness. The carving is not what started my health decline, I had my first back surgery at age 21 and then again at 25. It all started when I was 15 and going to a boarding school where we worked half a day and were schooled the other half. The work was heavy construction, much heavier than a bunch of growing bones can stand. Anyone with kids, Don't let them do heavy work as teens!
SADDER than the fact that they are gone IS the story from Rodeotiki from someone who picked up a few large tikis from the DUMPSTER and are now residing in Spo Cal somewhere. Find them!!!

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Joined: Jun 04, 2006
Posts: 166
From: Satellite Beach, FL
Posted: 2006-09-24 9:42 pm   Permalink

Well I have more sad news..I went back to The Rusty Pelican in Miami this weekend and the pelicans Benz carved are also gone. It was sad to sit in there and look around at all the decoration and wonder what it must of looked like back in it's infancy 35 yrs ago.

...Castaway on the Isle of Life...

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