- What kind of bone is this?
- Why moose bone?
- Where do you get the bones?
- How do you process the bone?
- How long does a carving take?
- Where do you get your ideas?
- How long have you been carving?
- Do you do custom work?
1. What kind of bone is this?
With a few exceptions we use Maine moose bone exclusively. Occasionally we need an extra thick carving that means we revert to beef bone (the media we learned to carve in.) [top]
2. Why moose bone?
It is not an endangered or threatened species. It is a wild animal only in the sense that it grazes away from human population (most of the time). It is regulated by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and can't be exploited. We don't personally have to kill an animal for our carving material; Maine's moose hunting lottery ties the number of licenses to the current moose population. [top]
3. Where do you get the bones?
We have two custom butchers who supply us with a years supply of bones after the hunting season in October. We use the leg bones of about five animals out of the 2,500-3,000 hunted each year. [top]
4. How do you process the bone?
After getting the bone we go through an extensive demarrowing process and use an environmentally benign concentration of hydrogen peroxide to whiten the bone. [top]
5. How long does a carving take?
How long is a piece of string? The rule of length is directly related to the number and complexity of internal cuts we have to deal with. Finish sanding is quite time consuming since we pride ourselves on creating a smooth surface. [top]
6. Where do you get your ideas?
We work from ideas from various cultures around the world as well as designs from the natural world and our own original designs. [top]
7. How long have you been carving?
Gerry has been sculpting various material arts since 1970. Val apprenticed to a New Zealand bone carver in 1994 and has been carving steadily since. [top]
8. Do you do custom work?
We often do custom work. If we decide the design you want seems suitable to a bone carving we will do a sketch or several sketches and an estimate of the price and how soon we can do it. There is a $25 fee for this process. If you then decide to order the carving, you would need to pay a 25% downpayment on the piece based on the lowest range of the estimate. The balance would be due when the carving is complete.[top]