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    Elm Vase - Elephant's Foot?

    I finished this over the weekend. Made from elm salvaged from a tree cut down this spring. Its about 8" H X 5" wide at the base. There was a lot of tear out towards the bottom so I decided to use a wire brush and burn it with a propane torch. It's not completely hollow, just use a 2 1/8" forstner bit to drill it out. My lathe has almost 20" "quill travel" on the tailstock so that made it easier. Finished with watco oil. Sorry about the poor photo.

    Someone left a comment on my Flickr.com gallery saying it looked like an elephants foot...so I think I will put that title on it. What do ya'll think?
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    Jeff, it's defenitive a elephants foot.
    I wonder what you are going to do with this thing ?

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    Make 3 more than call them Elephant feet,


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ad de Crom View Post
    Jeff, it's defenitive a elephants foot.
    I wonder what you are going to do with this thing ?
    I think my mom will get it for Christmas. She will like telling her friends that her son gave her an elephants foot for christmas.
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    I'm in on the elephant's foot name. Very cool. I can see that with some African-ish dried flowers or bird of paradise flowers sticking out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I'm in on the elephant's foot name. Very cool. I can see that with some African-ish dried flowers or bird of paradise flowers sticking out of it.
    Glenn took the words tight out of my fingers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    I think my mom will get it for Christmas. She will like telling her friends that her son gave her an elephants foot for christmas.
    Jeff, if you really do that, you will make her day

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    I've seen Elm before and I've seen some vases but this is the first time I've seen an Elephant's foot vase! Ah, the word unique comes to mind! I am sure your mother will enjoy the bragging rights that go along with the artwork! Interesting work Jeff!
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    Thanks, Steve. I like simple forms, but like to make interesting things too! I have quite a bit of elm that keeps tearing out, so there might be a series of elephant feet in the future.
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