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October 14, 2012 | Ludewig elephant table
The skill of a good mandolin builder often transcends just his/her instruments. Wood though organic, is structurally solid and inert and it takes special talent to sculpt it into the proper aesthetics of tone and feel. We've mentioned Illinois craftsman Dale Ludewig before. You might already know he's highly sought for his expertise in fine carpentry, and the pictures below are a living testament.
He recently replicated a 12" elephant statue into a work of art (18" tall Africa table 15" x 19"). The original piece war from a customer's aunt who had been a missionary in Africa when she was alive. Dale tells us that in 37 years of woodworking, he'd never done anything quite like this. The wood is avodire (relative of mahogany) and naturally very blond.
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Posted by Ted at October 14, 2012 7:26 AM
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