Elephant Walk

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Project by stefang posted 11-06-2018 07:48 PM 2573 views 16 times favorited 59 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl is made from Walnut/Beech. It is about 6” high and 8-1/2” wide and contains 169 pieces.

I’ve been wanting to do a turning with a feature ring that had natural forms instead of a geometrical design. The elephants were all scroll sawed at 90 degrees. I first scrolled the elephants and then traced the cutouts onto the ring segments.

Here are a few pics of construction underway. Being my first feature ring I made it extra thick at 1-1/2”. This necessitated using two rings glued together. Before face gluing them I had to cut 24 elephant inlays. 12 for the inner ring and 12 for the outer ring as it would have been too thick otherwise for my scroll saw to get accurate cuts. I found later that I probably could have done it with one ring about 1” thick saving me a lot of time and work, but I haven’t tried that yet.

These 3 photos show a test inlay I did before deciding if I could do this.

The finished feature ring.

Glued up and ready to turn


This turning was a lot of fun. I enjoy scroll sawing and I got plenty of that with this project. The bowl was fairly deep as bowls goes and I didn’t have a tool rest that went deep enough for my standard turning tools. I had to use my Stewart turning tools which have a handle piece and a socket to accommodate an extension that holds a small cutting tip in order to reach the far enough in and still have enough leverage to keep the cutting tip where I wanted it.

I am hoping to do a feature ring with scroll sawn inlays again, but with a more complicated design which includes more that just one wood species. Meanwhile I hope you like this one. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 11-06-2018 07:57 PM

Wow! That’s an impressive project – nice job on the inlays!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 11-06-2018 08:00 PM

Tremendous amount of work…it must reach good price too. Those animal turned great!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 11-06-2018 08:00 PM

Tremendous amount of work…it must reach good price too. Those animal turned great!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 11-06-2018 08:05 PM

Wow! This is so nice Mike! Outstanding work I must say! Great project!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 11-06-2018 08:18 PM

Very nicely done. Your scroll work is phenomenal. No gaps at all, that I can see. I have often thought that a segmented turning using cut outs like this would be very good, but I’m just not worth a darn when it comes to scrolling. A ” Tip of the Hat” to you sir. Malcolm Tibbetts watch out….. :-)

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 11-06-2018 08:34 PM

What a great idea! Marquetry and woodturning together. And not alone a good idea also a very nice result. Well done Mike, and fine to be able, after such a long time, to admire your work again. Yes admire!


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#7 posted 11-06-2018 08:48 PM

The skill levels manifest in this project are just off the charts. And the OP speaks of the project so matter of fact, like it wasn’t any big deal…

Wow… I tip my hat to you sir.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#8 posted 11-06-2018 08:58 PM

EXTREMELY well done!!! This one is a real beauty Mike.
I’m predicting a Daily Top 3 for this one.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#9 posted 11-06-2018 09:05 PM

That is some fine work you have done there. I am very impressed.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#10 posted 11-06-2018 09:30 PM

What a great idea Mike and beatifully executed. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 11-06-2018 10:06 PM

Brilliant!!! That is a fine looking piece of art. I’m guessing that if you spin it the elephant looks like it is walking.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#12 posted 11-06-2018 10:10 PM

Wow. That is really neat.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 11-06-2018 10:27 PM

Beautiful! Fantastic craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 11-06-2018 10:43 PM

Great, shared it with a buddy that does segmented bowls

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#15 posted 11-06-2018 10:53 PM

amazing work

right out of the park

an inspiration for us all

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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