l specialize in fossils I find myself in interior Alaska along the rivers. Most are 40,000 to 60,000 years old, from the last ice age. Such finds have to come off land with mineral rights. Mammoth and bison are most common, but also camel, musk ox, wolf. I attend 'the' fossil show in Tucson each year, the biggest show in the world. My mother lives there and I show up to sell, buy, trade. I sometimes trade for other fossils, dinosaur material or items I cannot find in Alaska. I use all my types of material myself in my own art for knife handles and pendants, so understand the artists needs. It is rare that the one who finds the material is the one selling it as well. Most of the material will have a story and 'provenance.' Since I am the source I can answer questions, provide authenticity and have the best prices with no middle people. Downsides to keep in mind... I live remote at the source, internet can be slow, I might be out hunting, think 'Indian time.' Also 'raw' to me is wet still covered in mud. I do clean dry and do a rough job making good material presentable, but it is not a finished product. Not a top shine, not perfect straight lines, thickness could vary by a 16th - possibly more variance then you are used to seeing. I figure you are reshaping it anyhow, so why pay an expert shop time to finish it up? I hope the lower prices and savings is desired
It is the middle of March 2020, had a good fossil show in Tucson-- traded for lots of new Siberian mammoth ivory bark from Russian friends- dealers I'll be listing soon. Ps creating a new fossil page of display and 'for scrimshaw'
Mammoth ivory bark 3.1 ounces
Mammoth ivory chunk 1 pound 12.9 ounces.
Mammoth ivory chunk 1 pound 2 ounces
Mammoth fossil ivory chunk 10.3 ounces
mammoth fossil ivory chunk 1lb 40z
Mammoth fossil bone slice 33.4 oz
Mammoth fossil bone slice 1.8 oz
fossil mammoth ivory scales 6.9 ounces
Mammoth fossil ivory scraps $50 to $75 lb
Scraps sold by the weight, one pound. Three grades to choose from. Scrim is light color solid good for scrimshaw or where light ivory pendant size is required. This has been high graded from the general scrap pile so cost more. Second choice is good quality scrap with color for jewelry use. I'm thinking pendants, earrings, but good for inlay, possible knife guards end caps pens etc. This may have sought after blue, but for sure darker, not as good for scrimshaw. First two choices $75 lb. about $1 to $2 each. Third choice is lower grade B scraps. $50 a pound. Some grade B could be necklaces, jewelry but much is soft, maybe long and skinny, or for some reason did not end up in the quality pile. Maybe some got overlooked and a few quality pieces arrive. These make good free samples to give away, or for education, smaller inlays etc. Buying by the weight as scrap is a good way to aquire affordable smaller pieces. On the scrim and jewlery grades, expext 30 to 40 pieces per pound. The $50 a pound are samples, you sort it out, about 50 cents each. If unable to order (this seems a complicated feat for my web site- all the choices!) Email me and I can send a pay pal request! All I know is, I have usually over 100 pounds of ivory with no time to photo and list each pound. Nor time to answer questions all day long. Dilema. The less I have to do the better the price.
Fossil mammoth ivory set 1 ounce
fossil mammoth ivory bark 13.4oz
Fossil mammoth ivory outter layer 8 x 3 inches a tapered thickness from 1 to 1/4 inch. Fairly solid at least surface is back has a couple of delamination lines that could be made solid. Nice deep colors. Some blue can be brought out. Kniofe scales carving craft material. Nice price for the weight.
Mammoth ivory bark 5.3 ounces
Mammoth ivory for knife scales. 5 x 3.5 x 1/4 inches thick. Nice color but not going deep. Has major crack but this almost divides the piece in half needed for knife scales each half being at least 1.5 x 5 inches. More flat then is common, again good if making knife scales for larger knife. Back is chalk but not deep, enough to allow easy sanding getting it flat. A somewhat easy project to turn this into a set of valuable scales. A good project for a novice. Finished scales (half an hour work) will double the value.