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I have been looking for a special staff for this project for some time, as some of you know . This is a commission order. The elephant is the symbol for the University of Alabama. There will be a crimson collar at the top and bottom of the grip area. The grip will have a hounds tooth pattern to represent the hat warn be the famous Alabama football coach Bear Bryant. Much of the bark on the lower part of the staff is gone so I will remove all the bark and I am thinking I will make up a white vinegar and steel wool wash. It should turn the wood to a old barn wood gray color as well as highlight the grain. I have to shorten the staff about 5 inches so I will test it on the cut off first. I will permanently attach the topper just before I paint.

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