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Pamela {pamelajean} is the only one to have guessed correctly..........an elephant was being sculpted.........in Sculptor at Work you could see the dome of it's head.
I know that Graham {digital_boi} knew the answer but he was good enough not to give the game away.
Here are 3 images of it at a later stage of it's build, and build does seem the appropriate word as it built up from many different sections.........each ear alone is made up from 3 sections.
The 4th. image is of the sculptor himself.
No nails have been used, only wooden dowels.
Sculpted in oak, the African Elephant is the work of chainsaw sculptor Robert Coia and it is the first link in a chain of 11 works that he hopes will connect Glasgow pupils to the City's parks, and to be part of the legacy of next year's Commonwealth Games.
The wood used is only from wind blown trees that came down in the Park (Pollok Country Park) in a storm 18 months ago.
The elephant has now been sited within Pollok Country Park and at some time in the future I shall show where.
If any are interested in obtaining more info about Robert Coia and his work, just Google "Jumbo Carving for Glasgow Commonwealth Games".

V 1: nearing completion.
V 2: coats of teak oil have been applied.
V 3: log in situ.
V 4: the sculptor, Robert Coia, covered in wood dust and with his pot of teak oil in hand.

Colour variations are due the images being taken over a number of days, at different times of day and under varying light conditions, and in V 2 and 3 teak oil having been applied.

My thanks to all who commented on Sculptor at Work.

Ronnie.

Lens:Nikon FX 28-300mm. and Sony 18-55mm.
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:"African Elephant"
Username:RonnieAG RonnieAG
Uploaded:14 Sep 2013 - 2:46 AM
Tags:African elephant, Chainsaw sculptor, Glasgow, Oak., Pollok country park, Robert Coia, Specialist / abstract, Windblown timber
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
14 Sep 2013 - 4:26 AM

Excellent !! I have such high regard for artists like this !

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handlerstudio
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14 Sep 2013 - 4:37 AM

Great set. A chainsaw in the right hands can become a precision tool.

Peter

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2013 - 5:18 AM

What a wonderful piece of woodwork, Ronnie, a beautiful result from the very talented Robert Coia. Carol

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2013 - 6:18 AM

A masterful piece of art Ronnie I wonder how on earth they moved it .
Rob

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Lillian
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14 Sep 2013 - 7:24 AM

Now he is an artist!
what a magnificent task and so beautifully finished
and you Ronnie a great set showing the stages and the artist who
made this impressive statue, and finishing off with Robert
no favourite as they all tell the story
Lillian

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nonur
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14 Sep 2013 - 7:30 AM

Excellent work accomplished by the artist and the photographer, Ronnie. The was you sequenced it is great. I love these works.

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User_Removed
14 Sep 2013 - 7:30 AM

Excellent set of captures.

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ColleenA
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14 Sep 2013 - 7:45 AM


Quote: Excellent !! I have such high regard for artists like this !

What a great work of art, would never have guessed it from yesterdays image...well documented set...excellent captures

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Badgerfred
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14 Sep 2013 - 7:47 AM

Excellent sculpture and super images Ronnie, V3 is my favourite,
Fred.

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Michaela_Solway

Amazing work! We seem to have an elephant theme this week. Like the portrait in V4

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2013 - 7:55 AM

A terrific series of captures, Ronnie finishing with a fine portrait of the sculptor of the marvellous elephant in V3 which has to be my favourite.

Ray

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LynneJoyce
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14 Sep 2013 - 8:29 AM

Wonderful reportage showing us several stages in this magnificent construction and topped with an excellent portrait.

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NaturesHaven
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14 Sep 2013 - 8:53 AM

You wouldn't see many real Elephants in the park..............I would of thought a better sculpture would of been something that is wholly Scottish, something that defines Scotland.............but there you go who am I to decide..............GrinGrinGrinGrin

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GeorgePlatis
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14 Sep 2013 - 8:56 AM

Excellent work, Ronnie! Interesting reportage about creating beautiful and impressive things using simple materials as wood.

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termite53
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14 Sep 2013 - 9:14 AM

What a talent, I love v3.......excellent images Ronnie...

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johnlw
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14 Sep 2013 - 9:17 AM

A real artist at work Ronnie great images.
Regards John.

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jaktis
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14 Sep 2013 - 9:19 AM

A great work

Peter

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nickyv32
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14 Sep 2013 - 9:30 AM

What wonderful art work, can only see the first variation but great shot.....Smile

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2013 - 9:32 AM

What a fabulous piece of carving Ronnie. Love the inclusion of the Log, brilliant. Thanks for sharing.

John Smile

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achieverswales
14 Sep 2013 - 9:39 AM

The end result is amazing Ronnie, I wonder what he charges for a commission! Must be thousands, excellent set from an incredible artist.

Regards

Trev.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41055 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2013 - 9:59 AM

Superb work, the finished article in v3 is amazing.

in V 2 and 3 teak oil having been applied. ...... is this a new filter in photoshop, Ronnie GrinGrinGrin

Dave

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EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 - 10:10 AM

Great set. Was surprised,never thought is was going to be a elephant. Smile

Eileen

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2013 - 10:30 AM

Excellent reporterage Ronnie - great to see the development over a number of days
and to see the sculptor himself.
Hopefully I'll get to see this collection when they are completed.
V3 is a stand alone lovely image.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Nikonuser1
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14 Sep 2013 - 11:16 AM

Excellent set of images Ronnie, it's a great sculpture that has been created, a very talented personSmileSmile


Cliff

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rontear
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14 Sep 2013 - 12:23 PM

Excellent work in transition Ronnie, loved your take on this. My award for the day.
Ron

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Glostopcat
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14 Sep 2013 - 12:59 PM

What an amazing looking sculpture, a real pleasure to see the finished article and also a portrait of the master craftsman looking so sastisfied after his work has been completed

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AlexAppleby
14 Sep 2013 - 1:39 PM

Great shots, but the real star here is this amazing sculptor. What an amazing piece of work!

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NDODS
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14 Sep 2013 - 1:56 PM

A mammoth sculpture so very well crafted and so very well digitally documented Ronnie.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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Daisymaye
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14 Sep 2013 - 2:01 PM

Amazing what these fellows can create. This is very beautiful and you've captured these 4 pictures showing us how it comes about..........Sandy

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
14 Sep 2013 - 2:28 PM

A wonderful set Ronnie documenting the skill of this great craftsman. No favourite but V3 is rather special.

John

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saltireblue
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14 Sep 2013 - 2:35 PM

What a wonderful skill to possess, Ronnie. I always admire people like this, they have talents I really envy!

Malc

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pamelajean
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14 Sep 2013 - 3:56 PM

Thankyou, Ronnie, I await my prize with eagernessGrinGrin!
This series of images is absolutely fascinating, and the fact that you were able to capture the different stages of the sculpting of the elephant is rewarding, not only for you, but also for us on EPZ.
He is a very talented artist whose work deserves acclaim, so natural, so enormous, and so beautifully crafted.
When I saw the sweep of the trunk, I wasn't sure why it was done like that, then I saw the log added, and it all made sense.
I use teak oil on my wooden garden ornaments, glad I'm doing something rightTongue!

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2013 - 4:51 PM

I have to say, always did admire the skills of chainsaw sculptors and this certainly is some undertaking! Fascinating seeing the different stages.

Ann

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DixClix
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14 Sep 2013 - 5:02 PM

Excellent and very interesting! He is a very talented artist isn't he!
Richard

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AnnChown
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14 Sep 2013 - 5:07 PM

Amazing work and very well documented Ronnie!

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netta1234
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14 Sep 2013 - 5:57 PM

Brilliant work and a brilliant set of imagesSmile
NettaSmile

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14 Sep 2013 - 6:18 PM

I knew it was BIG, Ronnie!
Such an interesting reportage and write up.
I do admire such well perceived creative ideas and the wonderfully executed craftsmanship which follows!

Richard

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pluckyfilly
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14 Sep 2013 - 7:31 PM

Clever work by the sculptor, needs dedication seems he enjoys what he does V3 is amazing and the size alone is something that needs patience in abundance, superbly shown Ronnie

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taggart
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15 Sep 2013 - 1:36 AM

That's a fantastic sculpture!

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fificat100
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15 Sep 2013 - 3:07 AM

Such a clever artist - and a clever you for showing us this story, Ronnie. Lovely shots that work SO well together. Love V3 with the absolutely amazing finished work - its biiiig! Grin

Lavina

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CaroleS
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15 Sep 2013 - 7:45 AM

It all looks very rough and ready in those early stages, but my goodness what an outstanding piece of sculpture in its finished state - well documented RonnieSmile

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mashwood10
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15 Sep 2013 - 12:09 PM

Great talent these people coupled with talented photographers !!! Great story Ronnie.GrinGrinGrin

Pam

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digital_boi
15 Sep 2013 - 12:11 PM

yup indeed Ronnie we both have many shots of this fine Leflant being constructed fine workmanship and will bring pleasure to many it already has for you and I

He is a fine craftsman

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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15 Sep 2013 - 1:21 PM

What an amazing piece of work Smile A great set, Ronnie Wink
Trev Smile

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carper123
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15 Sep 2013 - 7:15 PM

A brilliant set of informative images, Ronnie, wonderful detail and colours and the exposure is spot on.
Well done my friend.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 - 10:33 PM

A facinating set of images Ronnie
Jim

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HuddersfieldHil
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16 Sep 2013 - 8:11 AM

What a fabulous set Ronnie your photography skills have done this wonderful sculptor proud. SmileSmile

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fentiger
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16 Sep 2013 - 9:12 AM

Interesting and well photographed set of images Ronnie.

Albert

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16 Sep 2013 - 12:35 PM

A grand picture story Ronnie, got your tuskd into this one then.

Dougie

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17 Sep 2013 - 2:46 PM

Fascinating stuff Ronnie.
Geoff

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FeatherFriend
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17 Sep 2013 - 3:32 PM

Many thanks for sharing this Ronnie, truly remarkable skills shown here, I just hope the work is truly appreciated by everyone,
Geoff.

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17 Sep 2013 - 4:50 PM

Superb shots Ronnie. I am in awe of people who can do work like this.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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marktc
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19 Sep 2013 - 5:52 AM

Great reportage Ronnie, very interesting!

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PaulLiley
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19 Sep 2013 - 11:03 AM

What an amazingly talented person. Nice set showing different stages of the work. Paul

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2013 - 6:12 PM

Ronnie will you share my award with this guy.A pleasure seeing it presented in this way.
Beautiful craftmanship.

Aidan,,

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22 Sep 2013 - 2:23 PM

Ronnie, great set, how cool is v3, now there is a talent..............but dont think the Mrs will let you put it in the garden.......lol.

Paul.

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22 Sep 2013 - 10:31 PM

GrinGrin.. wonderful set.. great work.

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unicorn17  6 Scotland
24 Sep 2013 - 3:12 PM

Very interesting ! its great to see the windfalls being used this fun way . Gill

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