I have a question for R.J., or any of the other taxidermists on board. That was a very nice and impressive elephant mount R.J. posted on the other thread (Fairbanks Taxidermist) and I am curious whether you reproduced the elephant's own tusks or used reproductions that are commercially available from Jonas Brothers or McKenzie. I have to assume that the elephant's own ivory could not be used for the mount.
The reason I am asking is because I have a couple of narwhal tusks and also some walrus ivory I would like to reproduce. I have done reproductions of bear claws but nothing as large as a tusk. Can you offer some insight? I am an amateur, working in my own garage, and these would be for my personal use.
I hope I do not appear to be asking for trade secrets, although that is probably what I am doing (insert sheepish smiley face). That other, well known, taxidermy discussion group has a lot of information regarding antler reproductions but nothing specific about ivory.