View Full Version : Working with mammoth tusk (ivory)

Konrad Sauer
07-23-2003, 5:05 PM
Does anyone have any advise on working with this? I am interested in comments about shaping it, attaching it to wood (glue or mechanical fasteners like screws or pins) and any thoughts on what not to do.

Thanks, Konrad

Doug Evans
07-23-2003, 5:27 PM
If you use power tools put some vaporub or some such thing under your nose to mitigate the smell.

I have had ivory (old antique) turned and it is quite prone to shatter.

One of the things I have heard is that mastadon tusk can take on a petrified form and can become almost like stone.

Dave Carrier down your way (Mississauga) does a lot of work with bone...

Grinding/scraping/filing if you are doing inlay work. I am grapling with this right now with the ivory...



Konrad Sauer
07-23-2003, 5:54 PM
thanks Doug,

Do you have any contact info for Dave?

Cheers, Konrad

Doug Evans
07-23-2003, 6:21 PM
I think he's at 275-5833.



Ben Knebel
07-23-2003, 6:29 PM
Be sure to wear a mask Konrad--ivory dust is murder on the lungs and can very quickly cause a miner's lung type of condition--there is some toxicity there as well.--an ounce of prevention yada yada.