Whalebone Carving or Sculpture

WHALEBONE carving or sculpture is a rarity and regional to the Northwest and the Arctic. It is rarely found anywhere else.

Of all sculpture media this is the most miserable to carve. To begin with I use very old bone, one to four hundred years old, but still in good condition. I insure that the bone has been in continuous hands for at least forty years. The outside hard shell is sawed off exposing the inside which resembles a honeycomb with a myriad of tiny cavities. Often in rolling in the ocean for a century or lying in a sandbar these holes fill with sand even though there seems to be no way for it to get inside. The sand and extra hard bone destroy tools. In the carving the fine dust causes headaches and the chips are flying needles. After most of the work has been completed one may discover a hole or deep cracks just where they are most aggravating. When completed, however, there is a sculpture of character and uniqueness.

Because of the many holes the finished carving can have the appearance of fur and lends itself to carvings of bears and similar subjects. Those same holes on the other hand prevent fine detail which an artist may desire in other media. With this in mind shapes and lines are sought to make one's statement.

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WHALE RIB AND VERTEBRAE SCULPTURES

  WHALE TRIO carved in rib and mounted in very large whalebone or dinosaur accent. The whales average 18” and the complete sculpture is approximately 36” tall. As done with 12” whales, 12X13X23”

36" tall: $3600 Add to Cart

23" tall: $1800 Add to Cart

  WHALE FAMILY with two adults 11-12” and a 7” calf (18X12X14”) mounted in vertebrae.   $1500 Add to Cart
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WHALE AND BABY

7" mother, 3 1/2" calf: $300

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10" mother, 5" calf $550
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WHALE - carved “finger bone” mounted on a fossil walrus jawbone. Whale of any species and approximately 10” whale.

$450 Add to Cart
 

WHALE AND BABY (18: mother and 10” calf) on a large whalebone base.

$1800 Add to Cart
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WHALE PAIR in rib with each whale 12-14” on appropriate accent.

$900 Add to Cart

BEARS

  10” POLAR BEAR carved in vertebrae with a 5” seal carved of mandible with a whalebone accent and mounted on a 6X12” walnut base.   $1200 Add to Cart
  BEAR WALKING ON A BEACH. The bear is 10” and is walking through “sand” leaving drag marks and tracks. The “sand” is carved of vertebrae and displayed on a 6X12X1 ½” base.  $950 Add to Cart
  FISHING BEAR is of vertebrae reaching from a whalebone cliff for a 2 ½” salmon and displayed on a 6X12” base.   $950 Add to Cart
  BEAR AND TWINS carved of vertebrae with whalebone accent and mounted on a 8X16” base. Cubs are 5 1/2-6” and the overall dimensions are 8X16X8”. sow bear is 8”, $1400 A scaled down sculpture is available to accommodate a 6X12” base,   $775 Add to Cart
  TWO BEARS WALKING OR FIGHTING - Bears are each 10” and are on a vertebrae accent and walnut base. There is a tree snag carved of either antler or whalebone.   $1850 Add to Cart
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BEAR WITH A SALMON IN ITS MOUTH whalebone on a

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8" BEAR ON 4x8" BASE $490 Add to Cart

 

10" BEAR ON 6X12" BASE

$950 Add to Cart

  FREE STANDING BEARS - 5 ½” bears, $120; 6 ½” bear. 

6" BEARS $120
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7 1/2" BEARS  $180

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  STANDING BEAR (10” bear) and ivory fish, overall dimensions 7X10X14”   $950 Add to Cart
  LARGE BEAR WITH IVORY FISH IN MOUTH 10” bear on a 6X12” base $950 Add to Cart
 TWO BEAR TUGGING FISH TWO BEAR TUGGING ON A SALMON on a 6X12” base  $775 Add to Cart
  BEAR DIGGING IN A TREE SNAG (10” bear) on a 6X12” base $950 Add to Cart
  WOOLY MAMMOTH 10” body with 8” tusks. The tusks are carved of whale rib and tree snags are carved of antler on a 8X20” base. $1600 Add to Cart
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