If you are the proud owner of a work of art made of exquisitely rare mammoth ivory, you are connected to ancient natural history and preservation of this precious material. It's beauty is unsurpassed in its origin and evolution over thousands of years.
Wooly mammoth ivory is the only type of ivory that is allowed to legally enter the USA and many other countries and has no trade restrictions as no animals are being harmed to harvest the tusks. Many experts and conservationists believe that the use of extinct mammoth ivory is an excellent way of preserving ecologically rich material which would have otherwise been ravaged by time and weather.
NORTH SEA MAMMOTH IVORY is some of the oldest and rarest, averaging 40,000 years and is the most costly due to it's limited availability. This ancient material has astounding beautiful colors created by the natural process of minerals leaching into the ancient submerged bones. The North Sea was once a vast grass land teaming with thousands of ice age animals, and is now the resting place of their remains. Traditionally North Sea mammoth ivory was harvested as a byproduct of bottom fishing with nets. Now, with fishing practices rapidly changing due to sonar technology supplies are diminishing.
ALASKAN AND SIBERIAN MAMMOTH IVORY reflect the warmth of the earth in cream colors that hold blue and brown tones offering depth and richness in their coloration. Like most Ice Age fossils, Alaskan and Siberian mammoth ivory break through the permafrost, wash out of river beds and are found in massive bone fields that extend for considerable distances. These great beasts ultimately succumbed to the impact of climate change. The beautiful hues of cream, tan, brown, and blue are the result of mineral deposits in the immediate soil surrounding the remains over thousands of years. Mammoth ivory is found by reindeer herders, construction workers for the oil and gas industry, and professional fossil ivory gatherers. Each tusk reveals a unique character never duplicated in another piece of fossil ivory.
MAMMOTH TOOTH has unsurpassed colors running through the plate structures. Colors can range from tan to blue and cream. Mammoth tooth can be very challenging to carve as it is prone to fracturing along the plate lines. When creating pendants in this material I back it with a thin slice of mammoth ivory for added stability.
MAMMOTH BONE is found alongside other mammoth remains. Once stabilized, mammoth bone makes a solid beautiful carving material. Colors range from dark brown to gray and displays the cellular structure of the once living animal.
Mammoth Ivory and Other Materials
NATURALLY SHED ANTLER materials provide a unique canvas to create the beauty of wildlife in a piece of the animals that make the outdoors and wilderness so special. The free form shape, curves, and bone quality of antlers are themselves a work of art, offering opportunities to have the details of each carving come to life.
FOSSIL WALRUS IVORYis mostly found buried in the frozen ground along the Arctic coasts of Alaska and St. Lawrence Island and has been dated as being more than 1000 years old. Like the wooly mammoth ivory, this precious material offers rich earth tones of creams and browns. The color tones vary greatly, depending on the length of time it was buried and the types of soil in which it was buried. Fossil walrus Ivory is purchased from Alaskan Natives who excavate the materials from the beaches and ancient village bone yards on St. Lawrence Island and other native-owned lands along the arctic coast. This beautiful material offers stunning carving possibilities.
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