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Joined: Jan 13, 2006
Posts: 1767
From: las vegas
Posted: 2007-01-26 7:26 pm   Permalink

maybe some others have questions about this, maybe not, but it's something i want to know.

i recently aquired some antique ivory blanks. they came from an estate from the '20s. not sure what kind of ivory it is.

they're not big pieces, but big enough to do some cool stuff with. my first project is earrings (i swear i started these before BK posted his.) and i was thinking of doing a whakarehu shaped earring.

is this appropriate for women to wear? is ivory an appropriate material?

i could always do other designs.


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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10386
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2007-01-26 7:34 pm   Permalink

Actually I think GMAN might know the correct people to speak with as far as being legal? Since sales of real Ivory have been banned I'm not sure what the legality is about it.

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Joined: Jan 19, 2006
Posts: 839
From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2007-01-26 10:11 pm   Permalink

Regardless, some activist might spray paint on them.

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Joined: Jul 27, 2002
Posts: 1315
From: D.C. / Virginia
Posted: 2007-01-27 07:48 am   Permalink

Here is a website with some legal information, from a company that legally sells old pieces of ivory. They do sell raw blocks of ivory, but it is ivory that was legally brought into the country years ago.

They do mention that each state has its own laws regarding the possession and sale of wildlife products, so you should contact your own state game and wildlife agency.


Lots of interesting pictures, artwork, and hints of working with ivory. I am not a carver myself, but I found the site interesting.


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Joined: Jul 14, 2005
Posts: 2996
From: My Island
Posted: 2007-01-27 11:03 am   Permalink

Yes, for Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed species, serious restrictions apply. There are exceptions. I rarely work with this part of the ESA but I will ask several of my friends who are Federal Agents responsible for prosecuting violators if you want me to???



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