WALRUS IVORY & BONE

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Pre - 1972 white walrus ivory tusks, Eskimo worked tusks, fossil walrus ivory and teeth for carving and scrimshaw, and walrus oosik. Walrus ivory has an outer layer called cementum or bark that covers the chatoyant ("having a changeable, varying luster or color, like that of a changeable silk, or of a cat's eye in the dark") dentine (ivory) and in the center of the tusk is the core or secondary dentine that makes it unique among ivories. The core is not porous and looks like globules of dentine with varying degrees of opaqueness/ transparency.

Walrus Cross Cuts
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Fossil Walrus Teeth
RW01 FOSSIL WALRUS TEETH
1-1/2" to 2-1/2" long, too dark to scrimshaw, ok to carve, slice or cross cut. $2.50, $5.00, $7.50 depending on size, inquire.

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Walrus Teeth Pendants
RW05 FOSSIL WALRUS TEETH PENDANTS
Light/tan colored teeth sliced lengthways, polished and ready for scrimshaw, or dark and nice the way they are, complete with gold jump.
(A) Sm. 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" long - $6.00
(B) Lg. 1-1/2" to 2" long - $8.00

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Walrus Ivory Scrap
RW06 FOSSIL WALRUS IVORY CHIP/SHARD SCRAP
This material was excavated on St. Lawrence Island from village sites that have not been occupied since the late 1800's and has a variety of colors and shapes, this material is tool making scrap from hundreds of years ago. Perfect for pendants scrimshaw or carving or polish as is pendants. One pound is shown. 1/4lb-$15.00, 1/2 lb-$25.00, 1 pound-$40.00 till it's gone.

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RW07 FOSSIL WALRUS IVORY in the form of artifacts and partial tusks for scrimshaw, carving of knife handles, etc. We have a small selection, some of which is pictured but not yet priced (slated for the next website work session, or inquire). We can polish & mount on bases (ready to scrimshaw).


Walrus Mask
WALRUS SKULL AND TUSKS 15" long tusks in the skull nose plate of a bull walrus, overall length is 24". This fine specimen was acquired from a woman whose parents worked for bureau of Indian Affairs in Alaska in the 1950's and brought this home with them. Hangs from a wire (we can make a wood plaque if a display upgrade is in order) - Inquire.

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Walrus Jaws
WALRUS JAW BONE
"Mineralized" whole jawbones with brown color from centuries of burial), the teeth are gone. The small ones are good for cutting in half and grinding into a knife, the heavier ones are great for carving or slabbing for knife handles, etc.  These run from small (1 pound) up to massive (7 pounds), priced at $12.00 per pound.

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WALRUS OOSIK SPECIMENS - Oosik (pronounced "oo' sik") is the Eskimo word for the walrus penile bone (baculum). Oosik is the original "ugly stick"; large ones were used as clubs by the Eskimos or used for making tools like picks and knives because the bone is so dense. They're an excellent conversation piece, color's are usually a rich brown tone or cream.  If they are not already polished, it can be done for an additional charge.

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Oosik Specimen (1.) Shown from both sides and measuring over 22" natural finish - $475.00

Oosik Specimen (2.) Shown from both sides and measuring over 21" natural finish with ex-large girth - $450.00

Oosik Specimen (3.) Shown from both sides and measuring over 21" natural finish - $435.00

Oosik Specimen (4.) Shown from both sides and measuring over 21" polished finish with a partially
carved tool that had been started, but never finished - $475.00

WALRUS OOSIK (NEARLY-SPECIMEN)
Oosik (pronounced "oo' sik") is the Eskimo word for the walrus penile bone (baculum). Oosik is the original "ugly stick"; large ones were used as clubs by the Eskimos or used for making tools like picks and knives because the bone is so dense. They're an excellent conversation piece, color's are usually a rich brown tone or cream.  If they are not already polished, it can be done for an additional charge.

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RW11 WALRUS OOSIK (NON SPECIMENS)
These are perfect for custom knife handles and also excellent for carving. The lighter colored specimens are also great for scrimshawing. These are not complete "specimen" oosiks, ends are broken (not cracked). They are less expensive than specimen oosiks. All oosiks have a porous butt end and taper down in size towards the tip end. An exotic and fascinating handle material, very much in demand by knife collectors. Pieces shown as examples, please call with requirements and to check availabillity. Click here for instructions on "Working with Ivory and Bone."

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RW12 WALRUS OOSIK SCRAP - This is for small carvings and jewelry, and is trimmed off broken tips, chunks too short for handles, and side pieces that are not big enough for a set of knife handles. Some of the colors are really nice, it will polish up nicely. (Currently not available)

Walrus Oosik Shards
Walrus Oosik Shards
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RW13 WALRUS OOSIK SHARDS - Excavated chips and shards of oosiks that broke lengthways. These are mostly the darker colors, they are dense and good for relief carvings or cabochons or knife slabs. Oosik will polish glassy smooth and can be scrimshawed too. They have a marrow on the inside, but that can be filled with epoxy or sanded off. Priced at $55.00 per pound (pictured is a little over two pounds).

Oosik Bulbous Ends
RW14 WALRUS OOSIK BULBS
The fat end of an excavated walrus penile bone (oosik is the Eskimo word) that was broken off by an Eskimo who was using the dense bone for making tools centuries ago. These are from some monster, chubulous oosiks; some show signs of being worked, like the horizontal one in the photo, and others have been cut square across the butt so they can stand upright. These are a great conversation piece (oh baby), and can be used for the end of a walking staff or "fish" club, stick shift knob or just a touch bone. Be the first in your office or town to have one. Priced at just $100.00 each, with rosewood or black wood base - $120.00

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Page last updated: September 8, 2014