Inuit Bow Drill


“Inuit Bow Drill” color scrimshaw on ancient mammoth ivory by the late Kelly Mulford. Created in 1982, this is from a collector who is no longer with us. Outstanding work by one of the very best scrimshanders ever. Really like the way the ivory was carved at the top, giving the impression of ice covered peaks. The bow was made from caribou or whale rib bone with a sealskin rope. The mouthpiece was usually antler polished smooth. Drills were used to bore holes in wood, antler, bone and ivory. Also, to created friction to start fires.

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