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Pete Howlett
10-13-2009, 10:04 AM
Just scored a hippo tooth on eBay - saddles and nuts!

Bradford
10-13-2009, 10:25 AM
Good job, Pete. I bought four hippo teeth 22 years ago and still have two left. Even after making several knife handles. It makes wonderful nuts and saddles.
Brad

ChamorroDT
10-13-2009, 10:27 AM
Just scored a hippo tooth on eBay - saddles and nuts!

:( I don't know what ya'll are talking about - care to share some pictures? Or a brief explanation? :)

Pete Howlett
10-13-2009, 10:28 AM
And I thought it was just me. This sucker is 16" long...

Matt Clara
10-13-2009, 10:50 AM
And I thought it was just me. This sucker is 16" long...

Nevertheless, it qualifies for odd-duck purchase of the week, that's for certain.

Timbuck
10-13-2009, 11:03 AM
I'm booked in at the dentist next week ..any offers :eek:

Pete Howlett
10-13-2009, 11:11 AM
Here is item no #300354737715

UkuEroll
10-13-2009, 11:28 AM
Just scored a hippo tooth on eBay - saddles and nuts!

"Just scored" that sounds a bit hippo to me:D

GrumpyOldMan
10-13-2009, 12:02 PM
Here is item no #300354737715

I like the way it was described as USED.
Unused teeth must be as rare as ...er, hens teeth?

Island_Uke
10-13-2009, 01:35 PM
:( I don't know what ya'll are talking about - care to share some pictures? Or a brief explanation? :)

A hippopotamus tooth

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-13-2009, 01:50 PM
That's a good price Pete. A couple of things to keep in mind. The outer enamel is as hard as steel and wil actually throw sparks from a grinding tool. You need to get past this layer in order to get to the workable ivory. In the photo you can see a small area where my hand is that I've ground the enamel off. It's quite a chore. It's also has a pretty good hollow in it.
The other problem is with the endangered or protected species regulations. The CITES Treaty protects most of this stuff and makes it illegal to do certain things with it (like shipping it out of the country.) It's been years since I was involved in the ivory business so I'm vague on what the current regulations regarding possesion and trade are. Just something to keep in mind.

hoosierhiver
10-13-2009, 02:24 PM
When I saw the title of this thread I thought, "What a great band name."

Pete Howlett
10-14-2009, 01:59 AM
Thanks Chuck - I just hope koa doesn't end up on the list... I have some elephant ivory from a client here in the UK that goes on his ukes and yes, I know it can't leave the UK without certification which I am unlikely to get. I just wanted some unusual 'bone' from that soft buffalo stuff I get from China. I'm also bidding on some mastedon...

ukuleG
10-14-2009, 06:47 AM
any luthier's willing to build me a uke out of endangered animals. i'll have a black rhino's horn for the nut white whales teeth for the saddle and well just make the body out of a giant panda's skull.

Pete Howlett
10-14-2009, 09:03 AM
Is this a sideswipe? Darn it bro, that tooth was harvested in 1970 and the mammoth ivory I'm after is older than Adam :D

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-14-2009, 09:23 AM
It's still not worth all the hassle (and health hazards) it takes to make it workable for nuts and saddles. Trust me, I've been all through the ivory thing on ukes some years ago. For a while all my ukes had ivory nuts and saddles. It's also pretty soft, softer than micarta, if you like that sort of sound. Mastadon is nice (and legal) for inlaying though.

Pete Howlett
10-14-2009, 10:20 AM
I got it wrong - it's mammoth! When I enquired about mastedon it wasn't available for export. Thanks for the advice Chuck. I'll still try the tooth tho. I like using ivory - I made jewelry from it in the 70's while it was still legal.