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I have a customer called Kevin, who likes to travel. He recently returned from Zambia with a large carved hippo, which had no teeth. This is the story.

He was staying with his wife at a lodge, and one day they decided to walk to the local village, about 2 kms away. There they found some wood carvers busy with their projects, and Kevin really liked this hippo, so he started to haggle with the carver over the price - the guy eventually started to point down at Kevin's feet, and it appeared he was willing to swap the hippo for Kevin's shoes! So Kevin ended up having to walk barefoot back to the lodge, but happily in possession of the hippo. The carver had not yet got round to the teeth, but had made four cavities for them.

So he asked me to do some dental implants - we selected American Ash for the teeth, as he didn't want them too white. I suspect the wood of the hippo is a mahogany - it stands about 18" high.

(When he asked me for the cost, I couldn't resist looking down at his feet!)

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Good outcome, and good story.....
 
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Love the whole thing. Our house when we moved in was decorated under the influence of "Out of Africa," So we have a couple of elephant pot platforms. I was married briefly to a lady who loved living in Africa. Her father was an executive with Alcoa Aluminum.
 

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If the shoe fits...wear it...
Good job on the teeth..! I've been woodworking for more than 60 years and have never made teeth.
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Love the whole thing. Our house when we moved in was decorated under the influence of "Out of Africa," So we have a couple of elephant pot platforms. I was married briefly to a lady who loved living in Africa. Her father was an executive with Alcoa Aluminum.
Married briefly to a lady who loved living in Africa - that's not a story, that's a whole book!
 

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What a great looking "river horse". At 18 inches tall it probably presents a magnificent image in person. Of course each inch represents nearly 450 pounds. It appears you have included the the incisors and the canines as fully developed. In which case it is more common to refer to them as "tusks". Whatever you wish to call them, they are a perfect match to the rest of the carving. Job well done.

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