Project Specimen 5-10

“Project: Specimen” is a group of creations that was produced out of seemingly useless fragments of mammoth tusk. Each of the artworks turned out to be quite a very unique experience as it had never been like as getting a piece of mammoth ivory and “removing all the extras.” Each project was living and evolving on its own, like it wasn’t just a process of carving but a way of constant discoveries of something new and different than the original thought. Several times I had to alter my original idea, but the results were amazing.

“Project Specimen N5”

This is one of several artworks where several tusk fragments were combined together. The long part is hollow inside, it is only bark that was no thicker than 3mm. The second piece was in great shape and proportion to carve a saber-tooth cat. The entire composition is over 12 inches (310 mm) and 4 inches (100 mm) wide. This carving is SOLD but if you are interested, I can carve a similar carving for you.

“Project Specimen N6”

This is another broken-off fragment of the tusk and, yet, another very interesting example of how such seemingly not very inspirational piece can be turned into something so beautiful. With this piece I decide to take my chances and carve a single image of the mammoth as deep as possible. This way it looks like the animal is stepping from some kind of deep cave, not even a stone cave but more like it steps to us from the depths of time. The artwork is suspending from two brass rods, this way all the attention is going to the carving. When on base, it proudly stands 10-3/4 inches tall (272 mm) with the diameter of the tusk being 3 inches (75 mm).
This carving is SOLD but if you are interested, I can carve a similar carving for you.

“Project Specimen N7”

Here is another project that is combination of two pieces. One is a fragment of the small tusk that probably belonged to a young mammoth, the second piece is just a small piece of “bark ivory”, it is only 2. by 2.5 inches (50×63 mm). The addition of the carving to the fragment of the tusk had made this composition more balanced and the baby looks so cute. The carving part has some distance between itself and tusk fragment, both pieces are connected by the thin brass rods. The entire artwork is not so small, it stands 11 inches (280 mm) tall.

THE CARVING IS AVALIABLE FOR SALE, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR THE PRICE AND SHIPPING INFO.

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“Project Specimen N8”

A very elegant carving with mother and cub . It looks deep and some features of adult animal and baby are carved around but the material is quite thin. It is a flaked-off piece of once a very big tusk. Even that the piece is 4.25 inches (105 mm) wide and 4.5 inches (112 mm) tall, it’s thickness is only 3/8 inches (7 mm) at the thickest . Because of such thickness, carving this loving scene turned out to be a challenge. There should be a good feeling of the depth, each character should stand-out and be quite propor-tionate. And when it came to base, it should be different than other bases. I wanted the carving to be elevated and I wanted the base to compliment the carving. It has become an art piece on it’s own. Such design is quite new but it brings-up the carving well.

THE CARVING IS AVALIABLE FOR SALE, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR THE PRICE AND SHIPPING INFO.

“Project Specimen N9”

A quite tall and impressive project that is also a combination of two pieces. The taller piece is a tusk fragment that is over 12 inches (300 mm) long and approximately 2.5 inches (65 mm) wide. It is half-round in shape and gives us a good idea how the complete tusk could look like. It was, definitely, long and slender and belonged to a female mammoth, maybe caring mother like one on the carving.
I also have found a piece of the “bark ivory” that wasn’t big enough to take attention from the tusk part, it had just s right size; 5 by 2 inches (125 by 50mm) and comparable darker colors that were creating a good contrast. For the carving design I have chosen a very gently scene where mother and cub are hugging each out with theirs trunks. As before, I’ve got curious how deep I can go and how closer to free-standing design both animals can be. The result has turned out quite good where front of the animals totally stands out but their backs are blending into background.
Both pieces are connected together by the brass rods and placed on the beautiful walnut base. The entire high of the sculpture is 15.5 inches (394 mm) tall.

This carving is SOLD but if you are interested, I can carve a similar carving for you.


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