As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

• How to make souvenirs from walrus tusk

That carry Chukotka? The main souvenir - a hand-made articles of walrus tusks. Figurines depicting Chukchi or wild animals will chase you everywhere and to persuade sellers to buy. But this is one of the most expensive in the world of souvenirs: walrus bone is worth gold! And a relatively small figure can cost thirty thousand.

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

Bringing magnets banal to buy such expensive gadgets - unsportsmanlike. So I brought the photo story of the Wizard of Anadyr, which cuts tusks day long.

Small apartment in an old wooden house in the center of Anadyr. There is arranged a workshop for the production of national souvenirs. I have been to many "home" studios, they always look about the same, that would not be produced.

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

The door was opened by Vladimir, the master himself. Pokachalu seemed pretty grim: the meeting asked about his business partner, vendor of the most souvenirs from the shopping center, with which we are talking on the street. Proceeded straight to the point, he showed several knuckles, until the end and did not understand what I want from him.

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

are lying under your feet stick like pieces of wood, and are the very expensive tusks, entirely or in part. Raw material purchasing in the eastern part of the Chukchi district, everything is absolutely legal. But walruses reason did not call openly walruses, calling it impersonal - sea animals. Upon hearing this for the first time in Chukotka, I immediately realized that for such marine mammals!

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

Do you think that the most-the most precious thing in crafts from walrus tusk? Famous artists, the art of carving? No, the size of the canine! He is up to seventy percent of the price. That is, all the rest, it turns out, is not so important.

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

It was strange to see how such an expensive material is practically lying on the shelves. In fact - vylozhivaestsya. We need a minimum of one year from the date of production, so that the tusks completely ossified and were ready to go. You will start too early - crumble.

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

Another material for the Chukchi gifts - Bear claws. They did not become independent handicrafts, but are widely used as supports.

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

Among other things Vladimir showed little thing and very rare - x * th walrus! This, the same! I was surprised to learn that this walrus bone. And at the same time, the largest member of the planet, is also a walrus!

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

And here is the finished crafts: engraving walrus tusk. Here's a trick worth more than a thousand dollars.

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

In the previous photo a blank, it is the final version, decorated with national subjects performed all of the same ivory. As you souvenir for 60-70 thousand rubles? Ready to buy?

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

Meanwhile, in one of the studio rooms are very funny wallpapers.

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

Vladimir engaged in artistic carvings fifteen years, but it is not only his profession. Today he 62, and most of his life he was a dancer in a local band. Then he changed several professions, artists early retirement. But he found himself exactly in this thread. He recalls that his mother had told him about how a little boy, he is easy to cut out different figures and weapons from pieces of wood. Says he has been in this business is not so much to earn some money, but for the sake of the process itself, and his own pleasure. And yet, to be alone with him: the house of Vladimir grandchildren whole string of different ages.

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

The work of the carver is most similar, would not dogadetes on dental profession! Cutters (called tools), in fact this is a low-power bormashinki with different nozzles.

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

A billet of ivory, size four centimeters in length, just ten minutes of work is transformed in the capable hands ...

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

... in the bear lying! Or in the Chukchi boy. Or walrus, mammoth, any other figure.

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

This is a walrus, it seems bad to clean teeth! It comes a natural marriage, caries and pulp. This work has to be disposed in its price, it loses and becomes virtually discounted.

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

a pile of elk antlers lying on the mezzanine studio. The same material, but Vladimir said that working with him is not interesting, except that used as an auxiliary.

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

At first, Vladimir reacted to visit my cool, but then we got to talking, he began to smile, joke, talk about their lives.

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs

It is amazing that I spent a week in the Chukotka region, three days in the city of Anadyr, but found the master, and took the story in the last half hour before the departure of my boat in the airport settlement. This small Picture Story, in actual fact, and made all the trip meaningful and complete. Because zabroshki and colorful houses of the Soviet period, that's fine ... but real people and their stories, and there is something for which I travel.

As of walrus tusk make souvenirs