|Project by Karson||posted 01-26-2009 09:07 PM||2774 views||5 times favorited||27 comments|
Back in my St Louis days when I had bought 20,000 Bd Ft of hard rock maple for 2 cents a Bd Ft at a salvage yard, I got into the business of making toys for children.
I also made toys for my children. This “Rocking Elephant” happened to be one of them. It was made around 40 years ago and has had a lot of miles put on it. Many of them were not expected.
He has been through 4 moves, plus a move out on our front porch where he sat for a couple of years. He was used by 6 of my children and many others, but he was also used for a saddle rack to store a riding saddle.
Somewhere in his travels he has lost his braided rawhide tail. He has picked up a few cracks and lost a few plugs covering the lag bolts. He was found at my daughters sitting outside and I put him in the moving van and brought him home. He has sat in the truck for the past two years. I figured one day I’d refinish him and restore him to usefulness for the grand kids.
Then came along the “A Knot Like No Other” contest and I knew just the entry. You see when I made this toy for my children and I was putting on finish I noticed something very special about him.
A real elephants eye
You see he was looking at me as I was doing the work. This was not designed by me, but was noticed in the middle of his face after it was all made.
I’ve always considered this a special toy and his longevity shows that. I’ll get him re-finished, because now he at least is in my shop closer to the sandpaper and finish. But, he’s not bad looking after 40 years.
He’s 45” long, 15” wide at the rockers, 12” wide at the back. All pieces are 2” thick stock and the back slats were resawed to 1/2” thick
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