Assuming (correctly?) that mammoth ivory can be purchased legally
online, anyone know of an updated online supplier (shipping overseas)?
I need a few bits for decorating some inlays.
Maybe someone who purchased more than he needs i swilling to ship some
And to conclude: do I treat it with the regular tools or will I dull
the tools quickly?
Thanks and have a good one,
On 2 Dec 2004 01:35:59 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
Looking around the knifemakers might turn some up - you could try
You need to work it with traditional ivory working tools. If you can
find a copy, try something Victorian like a reprint of Holzappfell's
It won't dull the tools especially fast, but it's hard going with hand
tools and doesn't handle at all like wood. Wood is fibrous and most
are our cutting tools make use of this. It's also elastic, so a
knife-like separatng cut will get you through things, but ivory needs
that whole kerf to be scraped out (so rip teeeth not crosscuts).
Ivory handles like a hard, brittle plastic and generally needs more of
a scraping action. For hand-carving, try using metal engraver's
gravers, not chisels and gouges. To saw it, I suggest a fine-tooth
narrow-kerf saw like a gent's saw, or even a hacksaw (huge kerf
though), rather than a tenon saw. Hard waxes are good for finishing.
To identify real mammoth, look at the Schreger patterns
(I just love that graph)
BTW - you might want a _good_ respirator too. Working ivory stinks !
Thu, Dec 2, 2004, 1:35am (EST-3) firstname.lastname@example.org claims:
<snip> I need a few bits for decorating some inlays. <snip>
Considered vegetable ivory?
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On Thu, 2 Dec 2004 10:59:45 -0500, email@example.com (J T)
I've done some work with tagua nut vegetable ivory and it was a most
irritating material. The nuts split with a central crack as they dry.
It's great if you want a small piece, or even a ring, but there's no
way to get a solid piece out of one.
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