It started with looking for bits in the scrap heap to make a small elephant, okay for the mantel piece. Then I saw the “trunk”…..
The seed drill component was so like an elephant trunk I abandoned the “little” elephant I had in mind and ended up with this gorgeous trophy. Now, I’m not for hunting elephants, but it sure looks like a hunting trip you could talk about! The tusks are stripper ‘fingers’, and if you look closely, the face is also forged from those same fingers. The crown of the head is an old tractor (Lanz Bull Dog for any enthusiasts) front axle pivot. The ears took me ages but on the third try a disc cut in half did the trick.
The actual ‘trunk’ is how the seed passes from the seed box to the tine ploughing the paddock. It’s made of coiled steel spring and very flexible. The red pine backing is close to its natural colour and one piece of wood, quite beautiful.