Hand carved from fossil mammoth tusk
Salt water pearl moon hangs in the moody sky
Adjustable polyester cord (black or beige, 24") hand braided in Kumihimo style, the Japanese art form of making braids and cords, literally meaning "gathered threads”
Hand carved fossil mammoth tusk cinch bead slides to preferred necklace length
Silver chain (16”, 18" 20") also an option **please note that no cinch bead is included when silver chain is chosen
Carving measures 5/8" across, 1 7/8" tall and 1/4" thick
A different sort of a Cat Moon Necklace, with a cat sitting pensively gathering energy from the pearly moon. Nature and time work with the fossil itself to colour the moody sky. It's morning on the reverse side and the cat watches the flock in the distance. This is a unique handmade jewelry sculpture that is a perfect cat lover gift.
I have been fortunate to make a living from my carvings for the past 20 years. I carve from natural materials and often with themes from nature. This could be because spend a lot of time inside, in my workshop, and therefore make what I want to see, touch and walk amongst. I live in a beautiful area, Vancouver, British Columbia, as close to the wilderness as a big city can be. I do try to get out in the wilderness with my kids and breath the fresh air as often as possible. When I can't, I try to put that feeling into my work.
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.