NATIVE ALASKAN WALRUS IVORY CARVINGS




Canada Goose




Christopher geese



The goose is a favorite subject of Alaskan carvers Scott and Christopher Aningayou.  Both were born and raised in Nome, Alaska; Scott in 1981 and Chris in 1983, but they learned to carve from their family, some of whom live in Gambell on St. Lawrence Island.  Also, St. Lawrence Island is where the Aningayou's hunt, find, or otherwise obtain the variety of materials from which the geese are made.

With these geese carvings, the body is usually made from either whale bone or walrus ivory; the neck is baleen; and the white "chin strap" of the goose is carved of more walrus ivory.  Additionally, the Aningayou's might add a nest fashioned of either whale or walrus bone, and quite often adorned with tufts of polar bear fur. For a final touch the nest typically has 1 or 2 bone eggs which are hidden when the goose sits on them.




Canada goose:


These beautiful goose carving by Christopher and Scott measure between 1 3/4" tall - 1 3/4" long and 3" tall - 2 1/4" long. The nests range widely from 1 1/2 tall to 3" tall and can be more than 6" inches wide.


4 on roost


goose on roost


goose on roost


goose on roost


goose on roost


goose on roost


goose on roost


goose on roost


goose on roost


goose on roost


goose on roost


goose on roost


goose on roost





Although the overall shape of each goose is very similar, the natural coloration and figure from the bone makes each goose unique.


goose 1


goose 2


goose 3


goose 4


goose 5


goose 1


goose 2


goose 3


goose 4


goose 5


Ivory goose


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Ivory goose:


Ivory goose


Ivory goose 2


Ivory goose 3


Ivory goose 4


Ivory goose top








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Updated 2/21/08