Before you know it we have reached twelfth night and the completion of my charging elephant.
Reality of course is that it has actually taken me about 9 months of on and off work to complete.
The final finishing element has been the tusks. They are made from antler, sourced from a National Trust deer park, where they take the naturally shed antlers and sell them to a walking stick maker. I had the tips of a couple of the antler spurs, too small for use by the stick maker.