Ivory, Horn, & Palm Ivory Gallery
Raw Materials


Water buffalo horn is a pretty good material for those who don't like art. ivory or who can't afford ivory. It can be worked and finished, but because of its nature does have flaws. It is soft and when being worked smells much worse than even ivory.
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Raw buffalo horn.
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Stages of mouthpiece bulbs,
buffalo horn.
Ivory samples.

Ivory slabs. A mount is in back and ferrule in front. They are threaded and ready for putting on the pipe. Then they will be shaped.
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Three tusks.


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Threaded & faced ivory soles, ready for making.

Raw ivory pieces for #6A or #6 set. Half mounted.

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All the pieces to make up the set: 8 mounts, 3 underbushes, 4 hemp stops (each to be cut in half), and 1 mouthpiece bulb.
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Two "hockey pucks" for projecting mounts and a tip for the mouthpiece bulb.

Raw ivory pieces for #5A or #5 set. Full mounted.

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The ivory for a set with tuning slides and fancy mouthpiece. The eight mounts are at the rear, nine ferrules to the right, and ring caps and bushes to the left rear. All except the pipe chanter sole come from the same tusk.
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This set will make a plain #5, i.e. no silver.
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A full set of ivory, threaded and faced.
Mammoth Ivory.
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A section of mammoth ivory,
about 10,000 years old.
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A rare piece with only two cracks.
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Two hockey pucks for pipe chanter soles. The gaping cracks are ubiquitous in mammoth ivory, and here they are manageable by drilling the hole slightly off center to use as much of the intact section as possible.