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Old 09-12-2006, 10:06 AM
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Default Carving an elephant

For my second carving I want to do another elephant. [ post on first carving ] But this time with new (much nicer and much sharper) tools and a much larger piece of wood (also, basswood vs. red cedar). I hope to do something over 6 in tall. I will be leaning towards realism, although probably stylistic in some ways. I don't want to work from a pattern, will create my own drawing from a variety of photos. One of my students just went on an African safari and promised to take pics of elephants for me! Cowboy

I did a search to see if anyone here has done an elephant and did not turn up much.

I am really curious to know if anyone here has done an elephant and if so, do you have pics of your carving and/or a story and wisdom to share?

Also, I am wondering if anyone who has the book Art Anatomy of Animals can tell me if it is worth getting for this project?

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Old 09-12-2006, 10:51 AM
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SADLy, I do not have a picture of mine, I did years and years ago. That was before I started taking pictures of my work and before digital cameras. However, I can't stress researching your subject, again, I don't research enough. I get an idea in my head and start sketchingg it out on paper then wood and start carving. I am not a purest when it comes to carving a subject. Maybe I should but it ain't my bag. However, you can't go wrong studying your subject. Sorry, I couldn't help you more.
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I haven't carved any elephant figurines as it sounds like you want to do. I have carved a couple of small elephant pins that my wife and her friends seem to go nuts over.

HERE's a link to a not very good picture of one, if interested. I misremember if I found a pattern somewhere, or just traced a photo to get the design.
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Yahoo and all the other search engines have a great search feature for Images.... I use them often....

http://img.search.yahoo.com/search/i...phant&ei=UTF-8

No need to go to Africa when it can come to you.

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Yahoo and all the other search engines have a great search feature for Images.... I use them often....

http://img.search.yahoo.com/search/i...phant&ei=UTF-8

No need to go to Africa when it can come to you.

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Thanks Sean, but getting pics is definitely not my concern, actually there are probably too many pics of elephants to choose from! I guess what I am looking more for would be comments on other folk's experience with carving elephants plus any experience using the animal anatomy book I mentioned.
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Depends on what you are really looking for, Again, not being a purest, I went for the general body shape, then the head , ears, trunk, then the legs, I did not put any texture to the body and the legs were straight but then to, It was only about 3 inchs high, long and about 2 inchs wide. I do remember a tail
Ya see, Just a basic elephant.Painted it a medium grey. But then, It is at the lake of the Ozarks, Probably in a cabinet above the stool. Seems that is where my sister in law displays my stuff. Maybe she is trying to tell me something ya think?
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I have enough trouble just trying to carve a turkey!
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I haven't carved any elephant figurines as it sounds like you want to do. I have carved a couple of small elephant pins that my wife and her friends seem to go nuts over.

HERE's a link to a not very good picture of one, if interested. I misremember if I found a pattern somewhere, or just traced a photo to get the design.
I like it. What are the dimensions?
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Seems that is where my sister in law displays my stuff. Maybe she is trying to tell me something ya think?
Quite possibly....
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I have enough trouble just trying to carve a turkey!
So would it be too ambitious of me to carve a flock of birds perched on the elephant's back whilst at a watering hole? Sarcastic
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