Bird on Cherry Blossom Branch Necklace
Hand carved from fossil mammoth tusk
Reversible: pink blossoms dyed with cochineal, blue blossomed dyed with indigo
Adjustable polyester cord (black, 24") hand braided in Kumihimo style
Carving measures 12mm across, 38mm tall and 5mm across (just under 1/2" across, 1 1/2" tall and just under 1/4" thick)
Mammoth ivory/fossil mammoth tusk is a magnificent medium to work with for many reasons. The material itself is very dense so it takes detail well. Mammoth tusk also has a specific grain, which is quite beautiful and differentiates it from other illegal ivory sources. The colouring is also an interesting aspect to work into a design. I like to use the surface of the tusk (called the "bark", much like a tree) as it offers a good contrast to the ivory underneath. The colour variation is endless, depending on what minerals and tannins the tusk was next to in the ground. The main reason that I like to carve from Mammoth tusk is that it has a certain mystique. Early North Americans used the whole woolly mammoth. I like to think that 10,000 to 60,000 years ago, a hunter fed his family with the meat of the mammoth and now I use its tusk to "feed" my family.
Please note that fossil mammoth is restricted in the following states: CA, DC, HI, IL, NV, NH, NJ, and NY.
It is also prohibited in India.