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 end of summer of 2019. Had a good fossil hunt season. Those who can meet me at the Tucson fossil show end Jan- I'm at the Ramada or contact me, 3 full tusks, 600 pounds of fossils. Otherwise making knife scales fooling with fossils adding to the web site as I have time. I trade- so seeing me at the show has that advantage.
Mammoth ivory bark 3.1 ounces
40,000 year old mammoth ivory bark well dried for 5 years. 6 3/4 inches long x minimum 2.5 long x 1/4 uniform thickness. Stable, no cracks or soft spots. Brown and tan colors, hints of gray to blue. Much depends what you find inside as an edge view looks like more colors inside. Possible to sand to light colors for scrim work, might make good knife scales.
Mammoth ivory chink 1 pound
7 x 8 around the curve by half inch thick. Extremely fine color throughout thickness, including stable deep blues. Solid, minimal delamination or cracking. Could be knife scales, possibly pistol grips, window sanded for scrimshaw etc.
Mammoth ivory chunk 1 pound 12.9 ounces.
12 x 4 around the curve by ½ inches thick. Descent deep natural colors, but has delamination and one big crack issue. Each delamination layer is stable and ¼ inch. Or could possibly restore stabilize to the full thickness if required. Crack takes an even 1 inch off the width. (an inch is a normal need for knife scales.)
Mammoth ivory chunk 1 pound 2 ounces
13 x a tapered 3-2 x about ½ inch thick. Good natural colors, Solid, no soft spots or cracks. Windows could be sanded for scrim or carving, also good knife material.
Mammoth fossil ivory chunk 10.3 ounces
5.5 x 3 x 1/2 inches. Stabilized roughly, still has cracks and considered more rough then normal. Selling as is for those who want a good price and willing to work with a rougher piece, maybe practice your own finish work, or can cut this up for necklace pendants. Very good colors (look at pictures of the ends.) Some sought after alligator pattern on surface, some blues. Lots of potential. This could sell for twice the price if I wanted to spend the time. Issue is I have to much of this material not much time busy with other stuff! A senior- semi retired. This material not often offered 'in the rough' like this.
mammoth fossil ivory chunk 1lb 40z
8 x 5 inches. Thickness tapers drastically, evenly, from 1.5 to 1/4 inches. Some superglue simple structural gluing done so this will not fall apart looking at it. Needs work. Could b e simply split into layers and pieces with screwdriver and hammer. Could be filled, stabilized. Depending on the work you want to put in and it's use put to. Over half off the value if I were to stabilize it. No time! Got to much of this to deal with! Wanna get rid of it! Descent colors, front is fairly solid I think for half an inch. Back gets to chalk- that can be stabilized or tossed out as you choose. Several set of knife scales . possible without any stabilizing. 'bang it apart.' Not everyone is gusty enough (smile) For those who are, you can save $100 and more on this piece of fossil (asking less then $200 a pound. Stable, cut into scales, this grade sells by the ounce at $20 an ounce. )
Mammoth fossil bone slice 33.4 oz
4 .75 x 2 x a tapering thickness of 1/2 to 1/4 inches. Slightly porous back has been filled and sanded. Cut to be used for knife scales about large folder but might not fit hunter style fixed blade. Or good for mosaic work inlay guards end caps jewelry etc. usually not seen on the market, this is 50,000 year old bone. Natural other then back filler. Less expensive then ivory, with a nice fossil look. Could be scimmed, takes a high polish.
Mammoth fossil bone slice 1.8 oz
4.5 x 2 x even 1/4 thick. Back has some filler in soft spots, otherwise natural. A set of scales could b e made for large folder. I almost offered this in a set with same item either the 1.5 or 3.4 ounce pieces. Decided a tad thin for larger knife use. Unusual material not often seen on the market, so somewhat exotic. Lower price then ivory. Takes nice polish, is strong. Could be cut up for inlays jewelry etc.
fossil mammoth ivory scales 6.9 ounces
5 x 1.25 x 1/5 inch thick. Offered 'rough' no stable dye fillers. Thus it needs work. I did a rough polish in one spot on each side to show you potential colors you can bring out. Back is curved. You can use filler spacer sand thinner to be flat. Lots of room longer wider thicker then normally offered for knife scales. Several options to choose from. Or these could be cut up for jewelry or other uses, end caps guards etc. Nice deep colors sold material. Does not look like it wants to delaminate. Cut from an inside curve, not as desirable usually as the outside curve, so value down a little.
Mammoth fossil bone slice 1.5 ounces
5 x 2 x 1/4 inches. One side has blue filler other side roughly stabilized to fill major pours. Leaving the option to use this rough for 'no slip' knife scales. Will take a polish and is strong. Not a material normally available so 'exotic.' Lower price then ivory. Bone found on Cosna River interior Alaska.
Fossil mamamoth ivory chunk 11.5 oz
5 tall x 6 x 1/2 inches. Fairly even cream color. Solid no soft spots but minor cracks. could want to delaminate. Normal for unstablilzed. This is all natural untouched as is for you to decide what to do with it, depending on your needs. Some needs could require delamknating to make thinner layers for jewelry. This is for those who want all natural. This would be a good selection for large carving or scrimshaw piece. Could be cut into several knife scale sets. Nice uniform thickness and even hardness.
Mammoth fossil ivory scraps $50 to $75 lb
$50.00 - $75.00
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.