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Tusk handles called “irresponsible”
Editor: Your recent magazine cover (FDMC January 2017) showing two elephant tusks is incredibly irre- sponsible and only highlights how ignorant you and your staff are. Elephant populations are being wiped out, and to display these tusks that only promote
and further the desire to own ivory is so careless of
you. I would expect better judgment as you must be
educated and aware of this problem. Even if they
are fake it is equally irresponsible. Do you not have
any regard for these creatures? I hope you exercise
better judgment going forward.
Editor replies: Mr. Seward is not in the woodwork-
The small handles could never be mistaken for ac-
ing industry and happened upon a copy of the
magazine at a stone and tile shop in California. He
phoned me, and I urged him to send a letter for
publication since he felt so strongly. The article fea-
turing the tusk cabinet handles made by Mark Mey-
er in Corvallis, Oregon, clearly stated the handles
were made of artificial ivory and wenge. Meyer is
very environmentally sensitive, emphasizing locally
sourced domestic hardwoods and reclaimed wood.
tual elephant tusks, but what do our readers think.
Are Mr. Seward’s points valid? Is mere suggestion
of ivory use irresponsible? What about classic ivory
uses such as in scrimshaw, piano keys and stringed
instrument nuts and bridges? Is using an imitation
substitute adequate? Email me at will.sampson@
woodworkingnetwork.com with your responses. ;
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