UMMM... Okay. I have no idea where that came from but sure, what the heck. As I was hard at work and in the middle of stripping the desk of a hundred years of grime, I told her "not right now but maybe a little later - when the desk was completed." After all I currently have five (or is it a dozen) different projects going on at this time in my cluttered garage (three or more of which will likely remain un-completed for years) and the wooden elephant would have to wait, and on with work I went while my little girl went off to torture her brother.
Days went by, then weeks and I eventually forgot about her request. The desk was completed and so was a few more projects and I again found myself in the garage cleaning up the mess when in from the yard bounds my daughter asking about her elephant. This request was imminently followed by my 4 yr old boy asking if I could make him a giraffe. I paused.... then grabbed a piece of raw pine board from the floor and began to sketch. On I went to create more of a mess before that last one was even cleaned up. I took a few glances at the web for reference on how these animals should look and then I broke out the scroll saw.
In a matter of an afternoon I had these two creatures roughed out - sanded - and woodburned with the dark details of the elephants ears and the giraffes spots. The next day I stained them and added a thick varnish and quick as a mad hatter down the hole, two circus animals were complete with their very own little baby animals that fit perfectly between their feet. No templates or instructions on this little project, just plane old shoot from the hip woodworking.
|Last Saturday at the bass pond|
(and in case you are wondering - no fish where caught that day either. No matter - the kids would rather throw stick than fish anyway.)