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Posted on Finish that will keep pink ivory pink

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#1 posted 12-08-2007 04:58 AM

Pink Ivory grows along the Zambize river. It can only be chopped down for a tribal chief or his son. Only the tribal forester can cut it It is supposed to be made into the son’s throne when he becomes of age.

However, money and politics have their way of corrupting society.

Carlton McLendon told me the story of how he acquired his trunk of pink ivory. It cost him a large jewel encrusted knife for the chief, a slightly smaller jewel encrusted knife for the son who was giving up his throne. and a somewhat smaller knife for the customs agent who signed off on the mahogany.

He sold it by the pound, not the board foot. A select few were allowed to buy a slab at about $2,000 per slab. He told me this story about 20 years ago.

I don’t have any clue on how to finish it. I just love his story.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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