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  • "Seen the elephant"

    “I’ve seen the elephant” is a western expression dating from around the mid 1830s.

    The expression to see the elephant has several related meanings, which have to do with the idea of an elephant as a remarkable thing that one could see, or to see or experience all that one can endure; to see enough. This may come from the idea that once you have seen an elephant, no other sight could be as interesting. The major sense of the phrase is 'to gain worldly experience; learn a lesson; lose one's innocence; see remarkable sights'. An additional meaning refers to seeing combat, especially for the first time; to confront sudden death.
    This long- winded introduction is for this bust I did in a class with Vic Hood. Vic encouraged us that our carvings should tell a story, to invoke a feeling in the viewer. As I carved this salty old sailor, I was reminded of my time in the Navy, of sights and sounds and places far away. Of lessons learned and of elephants seen. Thanks for looking!
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  • #2
    That's as good as they get!.... anymore realistic and it would have to speak.
    Wayne
    If you're looking for me, you'll find me in a pile of wood chips somewhere...

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    • #3
      Beautifully carved.

      Tinwood

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      • #4
        Bravo Zulu!
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        • #5
          Hi Mike, Boy did you ever get your Moneys Worth out of that Vic Hood Class . Excellent Work. Merle

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          • #6
            Beautiful work, Mike! What is the size and type of wood?

            Claude
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Claude View Post
              Beautiful work, Mike! What is the size and type of wood?

              Claude
              It's butternut, about 16 inches tall by 12 inches wide.
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              • #8
                Mike, You outdid yourself with this one. The face is amazing with the wrinkled weathered look.. It's a great carving!!!!
                Larry

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                • #9
                  Superb, Mike!
                  Arthur

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                  • #10
                    Wonderful work! Great expression and detail. Well Done!
                    We live in the land of the free because of the brave! Semper Fi
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                    • #11
                      Wow, Mike, that is a wonderful carving.
                      Joe

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                      • #12
                        excellent job

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                        • #13
                          Mike, there nothing additional I could add to what has already been said. It is truly a masterful carving and the wood sets it off even more. What was the finish you used on the wood?
                          . . .JoeB

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                          • #14
                            That is a wonderful carving, first thing I took note of was his ears, wow, his are very realistic. You did a great job on this!

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                            • #15
                              Another fine piece from the Pounders factory. Verrrry nice!!
                              ....Dave
                              Old carvers never die... they just whittle away.
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