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 Dennis Sims learned the art of scrimshaw from a Native Alaskan carver in 1976 and has won several jured Art Shows since then. He works with both Ancient Walrus and Mammoth Ivory which is between 600 and 30,000 years old. Dennis uses modern as well as traditional techniques to produce his works of art. Dennis was born in 1952 and has lived in Alaska since 1975. He and his wife Michelle live in Houston, Alaska. They have two children and four grandchildren. Scrimshaw is a delicate art; so keep your piece beautiful for years to come here are a few simple rules to follow. Never expose to excessive heat. Keep out of direct sunlight when possible and don’t wear while exercising or swimming. We hope you enjoy your small piece of Alaska for many years

   Our necklaces are made of genuine Ancient “Fossil” Walrus ivory. No modern day animals are taken to make these necklaces. This ivory has been buried in the frozen earth for hundreds if not thousands of years. The ivory is dug up each summer by Native Alaskan’s when the earth’s surface thaws a few inches at a time in the long Arctic summer days. The coloration in the ivory comes from the different minerals in the ground in which the ivory has been buried. The pieces of ivory are slabs of either tusk sections or teeth. As you will see from the pictures of our products the ivory varies in size, shape and color, so no two pieces are going to be the same. Our fossil ivory comes from private Native lands and is completely legal to buy, sell and trade on the open market in the USA. Ivory sizes for the necklaces range from 5/8 – 7/8 inches tall by 1/2 – 3/4 inches wide.


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