Bone and Antler Carvings

For hundreds of years traditional natural materials like bone and antler have been used in Alaska by native Americans not only to fashion practical tools and implements, but also to fashion their wide varieties of art.

Today, the Russian American Company in Sitka Alaska represents many of the states best - both indigenous and non-native antler carvers, bone and ivory carvers, scrimshaw artists and other craft-persons utilizing this natural found material.

Bone and Antler Carvings

Shed moose and caribou antlers finely carved into figurines or flying eagles; pendants and other jewelry made of musk-ox or sheep horn; and scrimshaw on Dall's sheep horn or mammoth ivory stand out in any collection. Ancient whalebone is a favorite medium by native and non-native Alaska sculpture artists, and the natural color and structure of ancient whalebone is ideal for creating an Alaskan bear with a natural looking fur coat! Shed antler is found naturally lost in the spring by literally thousands of moose and caribou that roam Alaska's wilderness, a renewable resource available to any willing to put in the effort to find.

Ancient ivory from the woolly mammoths that used to roam Alaska is a rare and unique medium for a number of our best artists. It can be made into jewelry, carved into delicate figurines, and polished for traditional scrimshaw.

These and other natural materials are used by many of the finest Alaskan artists, and their pieces stand out in collections all over the world. Whether looking for a statement piece such as a carved 60" moose antler; or an Alaska native-made ancient whalebone mask, or a fine piece of authentic scrimshaw, our selection has something for every discriminating collector.

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