Ivory Tusks


Boar Tusks

The upper tusk is from Basa, one of our boars. He was thirty months old, that is to say two and a half years old. His tusks were six inches long. The top tusk in the photo is broken, probably from digging up rocks. The tusk is from Longson. (I had previously miss-labeled this as one from Basa also.) It is worn from digging in the field and rubbing against his upper tusks. The thickness is an indicator of their age difference.

For those of you who like to see big teeth, check out Archimedes goof-ball grin.

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9 Responses to Ivory Tusks

  1. Anonymous says:

    what will become of these tusks? dm

  2. A very good question. We haven’t decided yet. So far the project has been how to recover them and clean them. Will found that soaking them in hydrogen peroxide did a wonderful job.

  3. deb says:

    Can you carve hog tusks like they used to carve elephant tusks?

  4. LJB says:

    I just was reading in The Good, Good Pig when Christopher accidentally sliced someone’s leg open with one of his tusks. Do you worry about becoming injured from the tusked boars?

    To change the subject, great letter to the editor the other day (Valley News).

    To change the subject again, I have tagged you on my blog.

  5. Deb, I suspect you can carve the tusks. I’ve done scrimshaw on other bone and teeth before. We plan to try… maybe in the winter.

    LJB, We are careful around them, same as around the sows who also have significant tusks. The bigger issue is don’t get stepped on. They weigh 600 to over 1,000 lbs and have sharp pointy feet! On the tag, I’ll try to do it soon but things are crazy busy right now. Beautiful peacocks on your blog.

  6. Casey says:

    I was reading a NY Times article when all of a sudden, there was a reference to Sugar Mountain Farms:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/22/dining/22local.html?ex=1374465600&en;=5ea9bfd45d9e20d6&ei;=5124&partner;=permalink&exprod;=permalink

    They were talking about hog shares and how demand is exceeding your supply. Couldn't have happened to a nicer farm!

  7. the tusks are really beautiful.

    Nice blog…i will be back.

  8. Anonymous says:

    i absolutely love your blog. As another Vermont farmer it’s so inspiring to read all your musings and thoughts on farming. The pics are the best!

  9. J wrote: Hello, I am inquiring about the boar tusk. My husband would like to know if you are planning to sell them. Plz let me know at your earliest convenience.

    I would love to but it is infrequent that we get tusks since we keep boars for a long time and I only get the tusks at slaughter. They actually break off tusks about every six months to a year and regrow them but the broken off tusks are lost out in the field. I don't do dentistry and am rather hesitant to try cutting the tusk off of a live 1,000 lb boar. They're nice guys but I'm sure there are limits…

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