Ivory for violin fittings
Anywhere I can find bone or faux ivory for violin nuts / fitting accents? Thanks.
No elephant should die for your pleasure.
Gaux with faux, please. At any rate, it's illegal otherwise.
But Mr.Cotton specifically said "faux" ivory!
Mammoth and fossil ivory is perfectly legal and humane to use and is used by many violin restorers and bow repairers and makers.
The problem with bone or mammoth ivory is, it may be legal, but if you travel outside the U.S. (assuming the OP is a U.S. citizen) with your violin, you may encounter TSA agents who aren't particular about the distinction between legal bone/mammoth ivory and elephant ivory. You risk having your instrument destroyed.
stewmac.com might have some bone or faux ivory.
You might check craigslist for antique mahjong sets or chopsticks, which were oftentimes made with ivory or bone. The modern mahjong sets are commonly made with plastic now, so be careful.
That's true. Even with a certificate statement there is still a risk. An acquaintance of mine traveled to Germany and back with her violin which has under the legal limit of 200 grams of ivory and was made before the cutoff date, and with certification papers verifying said status and had no issues except for very thorough inspections. It's still risky.
Have you considered human bone?
The real problem is that bone, is bone, is bone,... Short of a DNA analysis it is impossible for some customs agent/inspector to determine if those fittings are bone from any particular animal.
If it were that important, I suppose you could actually have 2 sets of pegs or fittings, one with whatever you desire--norwhal tusks, eagle retinae, panda claws, etc--and another set that you can safely travel with.
LOL "eagle retinae". Beautiful.
Erik asked: " Have you considered human bone? " ... I sincerely hope not.
I do, Guglielmus, but somehow I always seem to run out of them during the months where most of my students practice. Weird.
Guitar Parts and More has all the bone, imitation ivory, and fossil ivory you could possibly want. David Werther is located in Ohio I think and will ship anywhere in the US. I'm currently in the process of putting an article together on traveling with ivory. But if you do the proper paperwork and enter the country at specific ports there is no issue traveling with ivory in and out of the US. You should still check with the country you are entering for their regulations. It does become a big issue when selling items internationally or across state lines that contain any kind of ivory, fossil or antique. For example I can't sell a bow that even has fossil ivory in a few US states like New York, Nevada, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois. So I've recently adapted to using things like TipArmor and metal tip plates.
How about something like coral?
I don't get it guys, we've trialed many bows with mastodon head plates from folks in a couple of these states.
Mastdon, mammoth, and current elephant ivory can be distinguished by the degree of angle of the natural grain of the "Schrager Lines." Les than 90 degrees is an extinct mammoth or mastodon. More than 90 degrees (usual SIGNIFICANTLY greater) is modern elephant. The problem is TSA agents and Customs agents usually don't know the difference, and usually could care less about the difference. Because of this, the state pf California has banned ALL ivory (extinct and extant).
Schreger Lines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schreger_line
Buying bone blanks for guitar saddles and nuts is easy. I haven't bought any for a while, so I don't have a link, and it would be a British one, anyway. You should be able to find plenty of luthiers in America who can help.
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