The show was intense, exciting as usual. I could not keep up the pace but for 3 weeks it’s quite a ride. As usual I made a years wages. Sold 600 pounds of fossil ivory, COVID issues, Price increases, supply shortages world-wide… Video link to show footage...
A HOMEMADE MEDAL FOR NENANA’S 100TH BIRTHDAY
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Miles Martin of Nenana hand cast medals for Nenana’s 100th birthday. Obviously, a labor of love. A very limited edition, these were presented to those thought to be worthy. We do not have any of these to offer to subscribers. See page 18.
Headed for Tucson for the winter Mid Dec – early April
A heads up for buyers and those following. I’m a snowbird with home in
Tucson where I do shows, mostly the big fossil gem show, end Jan till Feb 14. I’ll be in room 127 at Days Inn st Mary’s and I-10. I have a gun show Dec 18th at Tucson Expo Center.
I just sent 660 pounds of fossils and goods to sell. I have a full mammoth skull, custom knives, fossil, bones, lots of art and Alaska raw wood and stones. If you can make the show I have best prices, since I do not have to photo and list. I have lots of choices. Starting with 500 pounds of fossil mammoth ivory. I can sell wholesale from 5 to 100 pounds. Some customers write the trip off as business.
this is part 3, no video yet. I posted the design phase, then the casting phase, and now the final product coin is done to talk about. I created 3 youtube videos to show how a coin is made part 1, then part 2 part 3. Links to post one the design and mold, post two, the casting. Like pirate pieces of 8!
A lot going on, read first blog post. just a matter of what anyone might like to know, how much time you have. This is a city commemorative coin, with the idea coming from, and being paid for, by a single individual. I did point out. “Who else could use local barge propeller bronze, and copper from under the school?” video
Or “How to be a visitor in the wilds.”
“Hello the cabin!” I holler to the wilderness cabin from the property line. Smoke curls from the log cabin chimney. I have set the ice hook and the sled dogs stare ahead at the cabin. It’s five minutes before a face appears out the door.
“Is that you Miles? Come on up and have some coffee” We are ninety miles from any road, and this is a trapline cabin along a remote river in interior Alaska.
Nenana Alaska is due to have it’s centennial celebration, population 300 people. I’ve been asked to create a commemorative coin. Link to video. link to part 2 and link to the video, link to post 3
There is a simple way to test knife sharpness and toughness that compares your blade to a standard. It is called ‘The Brass Rod Test.’
My biggest market is the knife makers. I have been getting ahead on inventory offered on my web site. Now is a good time to take a look at fossil mammoth ivory.
Is the focus these days on reading? Or is it video and audio? In my, ‘wonder why,’ I have been exploring reading my books! A new powerful apple laptop with garage band allows me to create huge files, not possible just a couple of years ago. Or has it just got more affordable? I tried years ago and there were simply to many obstacles!
,New bird new bird! I forgot. Looked it up, a Orange Breasted Nuthatcher. Not known to come to the interior of Alaska often. I read how this bird comes north if there are forest fires or loss of their conifer forests they depend on further south. I see more then one for over. Month and most birds have left to go south so the implication is this will be a winger bird. Seems to hang around with and get along with chickadees similar size. update Oct 15th 21 I created a YouTube Nuthatcher
I got asked this question on my YouTube about working fossils:
Don't get it wet? Why? People boil horn to shape it. Same collagen base. What's the difference?
I am not a scientist so 'why,' would be an opinion. I do know horn and ivory is not in fact the same material. You could do your own experiments and get it wet, then wonder why it cracked and warped. Or simply believe me.
I have been an ice age fossil hunter since 1972 and have found over a dozen mammoth tusks and hundreds of pounds of Alaska fossils. Here is a place to ask questions, share pictures, and information on identification, preservation, marketing, anything fossil related. Some of my web links fossil information, fossils for sale, mammoth ivory scales I have a book series out which covers a lifestyle of fossil hunting . books I have YouTube videos fossil hunting = finding mammoth skull and how to work mammoth ivory and stabilizing raw fossils