Reproduction Elephant Tusks

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I’m finally getting around to posting the final pictures of reproduction elephant tusks cast from my originals with brass caps from TCI in Bulawayo. These tusks are from my hunt in Oct 2018 with @Nyamazana Safaris, and a link to the hunt:
https://www.africahunting.com/threa...alo-plains-game-with-nyamazana-safaris.47141/

My wife and I thought they turned out great, quite pleased with the finished product and a fitting tribute to the elephant. The wooden base is made out of the wood from the shipping crate and I’ll post a lengthy set of pictures leading to the finished product. I’ll do a summary of total costs in a follow-on post for those wondering.

Finished product:

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Close up pics:

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I was on my way home from a business trip and was changing planes in Atlanta, I knew the tusks had arrived a week before so gave Coppersmiths a ring and they had just cleared the tusks. I decided to drive the tusks home to the Florida Panhandle, I jumped on Priceline, reserved a pick-up, drove to the warehouse, paid the extortion fee for one crate and loaded them up:

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I couldn’t wait to have a look at them, was finally able to pry the lid off with a crowbar. Lots of nails holding the crate together:

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One of my wife’s co-workers is an avid wood worker and took on the job of creating wooden bases using the wood from the crate and proceeded to dismantle the crate, lots of nails!

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He made us a cardboard replica for a fit-check:

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Built a small replica out of wood before building the final, in comparison to the finished product:

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Kept us informed of his progress:

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Was able to preserve the Zimbabwe stamp for importation on the inside, a nice touch:

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Wife researched the codes:

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Will never forget this adventure!

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Edge
 
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Edge,

Congratulations on your successful hunt.
Beautiful repro tusks.
They look very real.
Beautiful wood work as well.
You and your friend who built the bases are artists for sure.

Cheers,
Velo Dog
 
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Edge,

Congratulations on your successful hunt.
Beautiful repro tusks.
They look very real.
Beautiful wood work as well.
You are an artist for sure.

Cheers,
Velo Dog

Thank you, had the vision but others delivered on the execution!
 

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Total cost for the replicas, transportation, importation fees and bases: $3160

TCI: Original tusk cast with brass caps and crating: $1175

Trophy Ship Zim (LD Forwarding) : $1050

Coppersmith Atlanta: $560

Rental truck: $125

Wire Charges to send funds to Zim: $50

Gift card for bases: $200

Worth every penny, although it would have been much cheaper if I could have imported the originals!
 

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Look beautiful, love the stands and Zimbabwe stamps. I still drool when I read your hunt report. The picture of you and Wayne and your hunt mementos is superb. I was supposed to leave next weekend for a visit with Wayne. Congrats to all on your fantastic hunt.
Ed
 

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Congrats on getting them home, they look good!
 

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WOW those turned out really nice!
 

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Came out really nice!
 

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when you get your real tusks.be careful of putting them near the fire,they will get brittle.i rub mine with olive oil.per my ph.
 

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when you get your real tusks.be careful of putting them near the fire,they will get brittle.i rub mine with olive oil.per my ph.

Hopefully one day will be able to import the actual tusks and will heed your advice.

After the photo op of the tusks around the fireplace, we moved them to bracket the TV.
 

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Great looking tusks, replica or real!
 

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They look fantastic! Thanks for the breakdown on pricing as well.
 

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What is the word on importing tusks just out of curiosity? Those are beautiful.
 

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Congrats Edge! Those really look wonderful. I continue to be impressed by TCI’s work. And those bases are the perfect compliment. Well done all around!
 

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Ed those look very nice, thank you for sharing the details of getting them made to the costs of getting them home. As a wood/metal worker please pass a job well done to the gentleman that turned crate wood into a nice set of bases!
 

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