Thursday, April 29, 2010

"In the high Arctic, at camp, for weeks and for the longest time, five months on the move, in search for 'Ice Age' 'Woolly Mammoth Ivory."  As soon as I discover a tusk, it gets wrapped in plastic and taped for protection until I can stabilize and preserve them in studio.  All this ivory is saturated with water as they were frozen in time since the last Ice Age and subsequent global Ice Ages in the past." "It is 'still' organic ivory due to this frozen preservation and offers the world an alternative for modern ivory producing species."
"Drifting down an Arctic Alaskan river to the Arctic Ocean, I do so slowly, in search of ancient Woolly Mammoth tusks as they appear in the gravel and silt, sometimes in deep water.  This photo illustrates a perfect Cow Mammoth tusk deposited in the river's gravel.  I never sculpt a complete tusk but always preserve them intact.  There are enough broken specimens to offer for my sculpture endeavor."

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

"In for the Night"  "Woolly Mammoth Ivory"  "Pendant just under two inches tall with Russian style trade beads (in keeping with historic tradition with the Russian trade routes targeting Alaska for two hundred years)"
"Then, once in a while, comes a special Inuit 'Shaman' whom has a report with local inhabitants such as a couple of  'Toklat tundra Grizzlies' as some legends say."   "Indeed, they had the villagers convinced of his powers and they...listened."  "Woolly Mammoth Ivory and Russian trade beads, two inch tall pendant."
"Inuit 'Hunters' back from the tundra...empty handed but with some kind of story to tell to the village like perhaps a Polar Bear attacked them and ate their dogs, or they were lost in a snow blizzard for days leaving them stranded and maybe they just found a few 'gull' eggs to add to the dinner pot."  "Woolly Mammoth Ivory"
"I have had no experience with doing a series of just 'Natives' as a pendant design targeting 'Alaska and the Yukon Territory' and was only somewhat apprehensive in determining a response.  As I have discovered in a couple of sales efforts in 2008 and 2009, these designs were very well received and have met my expectations exceedingly."  "Woolly Mammoth Ivory" two inch dimension, at a price 'wholesale' to dealers"
"Maori design motif with an antique finish supported by 'gemstone beaded necklace' with a method of 'tribal' style knife engraving to comply with client specifications, 'Woolly Mammoth Ivory'
"Specialty requests in productions include a variety of finishes that no other studio can accomplish while maintaining a reasonable priced 'wholesale' format."  "This example is a 'Maori' maskette amulet pendant for a specific client interest, with a dimension just under two inches tall.  This finish is considered an 'Ancient' application to suggest being excavated from an archaeological site."

'Within the confines of my studio, I work with a few other artisans developing design concepts to satisfy the growing interest in a diversified client base.  'Dragons', from the traditional variety to 'new age' styles are a study in themselves...from...'Woolly Mammoth Ivory' the 'Most Significant Sculpture Medium in the World.'