Thick Veneer from France...and other places #5: Ever Seen $500 Worth of Cow Bones?

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 04-26-2016 01:26 AM 3469 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well this one is more like half a thousand dollars. Yes, by the time you convert euros to Canadian dollars and pay the shipping from France that is about how it works out. You may not think this is a very good haul of cow bones for the price but in fact the two bundles in the middle were thrown in free with my order so in fact it could be worse.

Actually I am very happy with my new purchase and can’t wait to use some of this material.

From the left, the first two bundles are 1.5mm thick bone veneer pieces, next are the two bundles of complimentary “scraps”, followed by a bundle each of 1mm x 1.5mm and 2mm x 2mm purflings. Each of the bundles of purflings is about 30 pieces.

I also have some 1.5mm artificial tortoiseshell on order so good times are just around the corner. :-) :-)

Thanks for looking in


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 04-26-2016 02:06 AM

Interesting stuff. I’ve looked at Atelier Delaruelle’s site a few times and its amazing what they have – mammoth ivory, and the horn looks good as well. I’ve got this link saved if I ever get round to using horn Look forward to seeing what you do with it!

-- Madburg WA

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#2 posted 04-26-2016 02:10 AM


I’m truly ignorant as I have never heard of this before. Wow! How long might this last in your work?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 04-26-2016 02:17 AM

I had no idea. So that is how they did it. Huh. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

The Canadian exchange rate has gone bonkers. I just know it is going to bite us someday.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 04-26-2016 03:17 AM

Interesting. Don’t Canadian cows have bone? Seriously, a special process that is rare and hard to find?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 04-26-2016 04:08 AM

Wow…I have seen stories on TV about mutilated cows and that ET’s are suspected of being responsible. Now I
know why…follow the money…ET is making a fortune on cow bones! :o)

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 04-26-2016 04:31 AM

Paul, looks like a good haul…

I’m glad Elephant Ivory is Off the Table…

Yes, I too am curious about Bones from anywhere… doesn’t Canada have good Bone cows? (or USA, etc. etc.)
... Just curious…

Maybe your source is the ONLY place you can get such USE of their resources?

Looks good…

I guess you will use these Bones where you need a very Light White colors?
... which is probably very rare, I presume.

Nice looking stuff!

Looking forward to seeing how you use them.

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#7 posted 04-26-2016 04:50 AM

Bob and Joe, This bone is special in that it is selected and processed and cut into uniform thickness, ready for use in marquetry. I might spend a long time trying to make my own and not end up with quality material. I would rather make pretty marquetry than process cow bones.

Bone has been used in marquetry for a very long time. It can be white but is often dyed. This blog that Patrice posted in 2014 will give you a really good look at how it can be used to advantage.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 04-26-2016 04:52 AM

Interesting. cant wait to see it used.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#9 posted 04-26-2016 04:59 AM

You have to get it in France while I have to get my plans out of the USA.


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#10 posted 04-26-2016 05:27 AM

Always something new and interesting.

So why bone instead of wood?

I found 2 reasons from Patrice thread: -Shrinkage
-dye “throughout”

What else?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 04-26-2016 07:08 AM

I imagine it is like most everything else, it takes a long time to acquire master level results.

Here is a spooky fact about cow bone. A friend was color case hardening rifle parts using some kind of heating process that involved charcoal and cow bone. He was getting tiny specs in his finish. Finally figured out it was lead contamination coming through the cow feed from leaded gas pollution in populated areas settling in the bone. He found some range raised beef bone and solved the problem.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 04-26-2016 08:31 AM

Here is another reason I joined this Site. More interesting facts and info to ponder, Thank you sir.

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#13 posted 04-26-2016 08:53 AM

Must also plead ignorant of not knowing where the bone veneer came from and look forward to seeing how you use it in your marquetry. Thanks for the info.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#14 posted 04-26-2016 09:43 AM

The price seems quite reasonable considering how valuable the finished marquetry will be, especially considering the quality of your work, so it could well be considered a worthwhile investment, especially if you plan to sell the work, if not it would a fairly hefty expense, but still worth it. Either way, I know you will put it to good use Paul and I look forward to seeing it in your work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 04-26-2016 01:58 PM

Price sure seems fair to me considering what you’ll do with the material. Plus, I’ve processed bone and antler in my shop, and it takes time. And stinks!

Looking forward to more marquetry mastery…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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