Has anyone had any experience turning mastodon ivory?
A friend gave me a small piece of tusk and asked me to make a couple of pens. I know that people do turn it I just wondered if anyone had any tips.
It looks to me like the outer bark may break off but the inner core looks pretty solid.
This is not fossilized but it is somewhat mineralized so it’s supposed to be somewhat harder than elephant ivory.
FYI, mastodon ivory is not regulated like elephant ivory. It can be bought and sold and imported and exported.
It is often found in the arctic sticking out of riverbanks where the natural erosion has exposed it.
I know one gentleman that spends his summers floating arctic rivers looking for the stuff and then exports it to Bali where he works with a group of artists carving it, and I have another friend in the mining industry in Alaska and they dig it up all of the time, another friend has an entire tusk that his grandfather left him.(His grandfather had been a bush pilot in Alaska in the 50’s and found an entire skeleton sticking out of a river bank while searching for some lost hunters. He was able to retrieve both tusks).
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