To honor the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, Master Carver Peter Calvesbert has carved the Democrat and Republican mascots, both popularized by 19th century editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast. Peterﾒs political animals ﾖ ﾓEbonyﾔ the donkey and ﾓIvoryﾔ the elephant - are stand-alone pieces, but the shape of their bases allows them to face off in head-to-head battle. At the time of carving, the Democrats were still undecided who should lead them into the election, so both Barack and Hillary get a mention in the donkey. However, the letter B is atop the letter H due to Obamaﾒs lead. The inscriptions on the donkey lid mark the passing of Humphrey Lyttelton. A famous British jazz musician, he was also known as chairman of ﾓIﾒm sorry I havenﾒt a clueﾔ, a BBC series describing itself as ﾓan antidote to panel showsﾔ and simply the funniest thing on radio. It began in 1972 and has become an English institution.