Tuesday, October 09, 2012
This 8 inch mini phang support spindle was crafted from ebony. It has been inlayed with fossil mammoth ivory. This beautiful handspinning tool weights 1.6 ounces (44 grams).
**What is fossil ivory?**
Fossil ivory is ancient ivory whose composition has changed from ivory to mineral. Care should be taken to distinguish fossil ivory from recent ivory which has yellowed or discolored. Fossil ivory (including walrus, mammoth and mastodon) and other archaeological and paleontological materials are regulated by an array of Federal and State laws. These items may not be collected on any Federal or
State lands. Fossil ivory may be collected on private lands with the permission of the land owner, and is not regulated under the Marine Mammals Protection Act. Fossil ivory does not have to be tagged or registered. Anyone may sell fossil ivory without first handcrafting it.
**Where do we get our fossil ivory?**
Ancient walrus and mammoth tusks are dug out of the permafrost or bone mounds by Alaskan and Siberian natives annually during the summer thaw and sold to subsidize their family or village income. We buy our ancient walrus ivory shards from ivory buyers that travel to the St. Lawrence Island area to buy from the ivory co-ops.
**Learn more about fossil ivory**
If you would like to learn more about fossil ivory, please visit the link below:
"Fresh" ivory and elephant ivory will never be used in any of the artwork created by Grizzly Mountain Arts.
Gorgeous doesn't begin to describe the golden Oregon myrtlewood burl that Dave used for these new top whorl drop spindles! Each has a rich golden color and amazing grain patterns. The shafts used for these beautiful handspinning tools are jatoba, ebony and purpleheart. Additional photos can be seen in our Etsy shop.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
This unique set of brass picot gauges is a Grizzly Mountain Arts original design! The entire set telescopes inside each other and then slides neatly into the Oregon myrtlewood burl gauge case. The four size increments are: 1/4, 3/16, 1/8 and 1/16. Also included is a 2 inch brass ruler.
Brass Picot Gauge Set with Oregon Myrtlewood Burl Case©
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Three new bone laying tools, or stilettos, have been listed in our Etsy shop today. The woods Dave chose for the cases are Oregon myrtlewood burl, stunning tiger maple (an incredible amount of chatoyancy) and a beautiful joined wood. Additional photos of each set can be found by clicking the links above.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Dave has crafted this beautiful 4 1/4" embroidery laying tool, or stiletto, from bone. He chose a gorgeous piece of cocobolo to craft the 5" long case.