|Preparing Raw Whale Teeth for Scrimshaw
by Douglass Moody
|1: Full raw teeth have ridges extending from the root cavity, right up to the use-polished tip.|
|2: Root discard section, discolored with age and exposure.|
|3: Ridges partially-shaved from surface.|
|4: Honed steel knives & angled razor knives work well for shaving ridges down to near-smooth surface.|
|5: Starting with dry 60- or 80-grit, remove last remnants of ridges. Careful belt sanding can quickly bring surface to a smooth, ridge-free surface.
A filter mask should be worn while sanding ivory.
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