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  1. crookedknife

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    I'm really fortunate that I have a wife who hasn't even been in a jewelry store in all the years I've known her. She won't go out of the house without earrings though and loves pendants, but they all have to be hand made. Here are the two most recent things I have made. The whale is made of moose antler billet (the solid part right next to the head). It is 1 3/4" long. I roughed it out with a coping saw and then carved it with a Mora 120 and a auger file. It is sanded to 20,000. The earrings are tiny birch bark rolls, just like the bark rolls that are made into match boxes, except in miniature. I made the beads on the earrings from wooly mammoth ivory found on the Kobuk River. Next she wants some earrings made from some of the marine debris that is floating up on our shores from the Japanese tsunami - that will take some creative thinking, but I'll come up with something. These are great projects for stormy days or when recovering from injuries or illness. Give it a try, Jim
     

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    You sir are gifted. Nice work
     
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    Awesome stuff, that whale is fantastic
     
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    Wow! Very nice
     
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    Really awesome stuff. Love the whale
     
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    Awesome.
     
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    gorgeous jewelry ...
     
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    Those are amazing! And I love how nonchalant you are. "Oh, those beads I carved out of wooly mammoth..." I love it!! Truly talented!!
     
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    Very, very sweet!

    I used to carve Orca pendants for earrings out of the cheek bones of walleye pollock, but nothing I ever made comes anywhere close to being as beautiful as that whale!

    I still keep one of those Orcas in my medicine bag as a water talisman.
     
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    You do really amazing work! Incredible attention to detail!

    -Mike
     
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    That's interesting - I've seen several of the older folks here with Orca pendants - nothing too overt, but on a key chain or hanging from a mirror. Now you have me curious - I think I'll ask if there is a particular purpose. BTW - the Orcas will be migrating through next month. Quite a few folks take a sandwich for lunch and go to one of the piers to watch them play with their food - seals and sea lions. Anyway, I'll check on it - would be fun to discover some sort of old belief. Might be worthy of preserving.
     
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    Cool! Let me know if there is. I just did it out of impulse and my own heathenish tendencies. That, and the meaty part of the pollock cheek bone kinda suggested the shape as well. If you get the chance, they're easy to carve when wet right from the fish. They dry really hard very quickly.
     
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    That is some talented artwork right there.

    Great work!
     
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    I envy your skills and your location. Truly Awesome!
     
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    oh man.. those are cool.. nice work Jim..
     
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    the earnings also look appetizing to me , they have a sweet dessert look to them, like a croissant , or I'm just hungry lol
     
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    Very nice work.
     
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    Very very nice. Great Talent.
     
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    Those are fantastic! Very creative on the earrings, and that whale is beautiful!
     
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    I love the whale, especially.
    Beautiful work, Sir.
     
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    Awesome work
     
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    Thank you gentlemen, your kind comments are quite humbling. Funny that this thread would come back up just a few minutes after I finished these. They are made from some of the same wooly mammoth ivory with the "bark" left on. Really small and simple. My wife's birthday is today and she always likes to get something crafty.
     

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    That is awesome. Crafting something from thousands of years ago.
     

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