Re: Elephant Tusks On Flat Cars
Garth Groff or Sally Sanford <sarahsan@...>
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Thanks for an fascinating story about a very interesting industry. I took note of the freight cars in the photos (mandatory content). It is really sad to think how much these piano keys contributed to the decline in elephants. Supposedly, ivory keys were not manufactured after the 1920s, but this story proves this is untrue.
Ivory is still available from Walker Piano Key Service, though it is salvaged from old pianos and mostly used to restore other old pianos. I bought some tails from Walker to use in my replica medieval arrows to represent the cow horn strips used as reinforcements to the nock ends (flat cow horn is really hard to find and generally too thick for the arrows I make for target shooting). Thinking about all those dead elephants really creeped me out though, so I switched to styrene sheet. It looks the same from the side.
Garth Groff 🏴
On 2/6/18 11:41 PM, thecitrusbelt@... [STMFC] wrote: