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I started with oil/acrylic painting as a youth in the 50's ~ then later added silver/goldsmithing & lapidary as well as woodworking in 1970
~ I started carving miniature sculptures in 1977 when I found a fascination for Japanese Netsuke and then was introduced to lampworking in 1991.
I consider myself an allied craftsman. Here is an example of some of my over 2000 carvings.


Update October 2021

Miniature Fantasy Carvings ~ carved from fossil walrus teeth unless otherwise indicated
All coloring is natural caused by saturation of minerals in which they were buried for hundreds to thousands of years (unless otherwise noted).


"Keanna" Wizard Pendant
Sold


"Lisa" Wizard/Dragon
Sold


"Lisa" Wizard/Dragon
SOLD


Little Ninja circa; 1981
From my personal collection ~ $80

An ogre is a legendary monster usually depicted as a large, hideous, man-like being
that eats ordinary human beings, especially infants and children.
Circa; 1986 $150.00


Samurai were the hereditary military nobility and officer caste of medieval
and early-modern Japan from the late 12th century to their abolition in 1876.
They were the well-paid retainers of the daimyo.
Circa; 1990 ~ $200


Lrg tusk carving ~ Wizard, 3 Dragons & a Castle
SOLD


Lrg tusk carving ~ Wizard, 3 Dragons & a Castle
SOLD


Lrg tusk carving ~ Dragon on the bottom
SOLD


Belt buckle ~ skrim on ivory ~ sterling
Circa;1983 ~ SOLD


Dragon Pendant
$250.00


reverse side of pendant - heavy skrim of castle
$250.00


Draon Pendant showing both sides
$250.00


Priestess
SOLD


Priestess reverse side
SOLD


Dragon pendant
SOLD


Dragon pendant
SOLD


Sage
SOLD


Sage
SOLD


Wizard
SOLD


Wizard/Dichroic cab
SOLD


Dragon/Wizard/Castle
SOLD


Dragon/Wizard/Castle
SOLD


Wizard Pendant
SOLD #wiz_0610-001


Wizard Pendant
SOLD #wiz_0610-002


Wizard Pendant
SOLD< #wiz_0610-003

Fish Hook
SOLD #hook_0610-01


Fish Hook
SOLD #hook_0610-02


Alien Face SOLD #alien

Wizard-Dragon Sculpture
Ironwood
Price $250.00
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Standing Wizard
Fossil Walrus Natural Amethyst Crystal
Personal Collection ~ NFS

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Hand carved miniature sculptures by
"the Dragon Master" since 1977


       I have been known for years to many as - "the Dragon Master". I also answer to "Dragon" * I create these pieces in what is popularily termed "Fossilized Ivory". Acutally it is mineralized ivory as it has readily absorbed the coloring from it's host in which it has been entombed such as red clay or vivianite. Glacial fossil ivory - known as "wash", is found on beaches and normally retains it's natural creamy coloring and sometimes grey.

       I use the fossil teeth and tusk of the Walrus, Seal & Whale teeth as well as Mammoth tusk. This legal ivory is hundreds to thousands of years old and comes from the Alaskan mainland, St Lawrence Island in the Bering Strait as well as Siberia, Canada & Greenland. "ALL" coloring on my carvings is "natural". I neither stain nor paint my work (except for scrimshaw where I use ink to fill in the design).

       I carve these pieces while retaining the shape of the original tooth. In some cases I leave portions of the natural textures. These are polished with a wax that will lose it's high sheen with wear. If worn next to the skin, the ivory will absorb your body oils over time and the colors will enhance.

NOTE July 2009 St Lawrence is no longer allowed to salvage fossil ivory, the elders realized they are selling their heritage but fossil's are still gathered on the Alaskan mainland as well as Russia/Siberia. Fossil ivory is getting very hard to come by and prices are climbing and you can no longer sell/trade or buy fossil ivory on eBay, they say it promotes the killing of elephants(?).

 

The Items Below is a small representation of the over 2000 pieces I have done.
All Been Sold And Are Just Here For Your Viewing Pleasure And Reference

Bead-button ~ 4 Faces

Wizard Face Button ~ Fossil Walrus

Flower Button Mastadon

Wizard Face Button ~ Fossil Walrus

Wizard Faces Pendant ~ Fossil Walrus

Wizard Face Pendant ~ Fossil Walrus ~ Artifact

Wizard Face Pendant ~ Fossil Walrus

Wizard Face Pendant ~ Fossil Walrus

Wizard 2Face Pendant ~ Fossil Walrus

Wizard Face Pendant ~ Fossil Walrus

Wizard Face Pendant ~ Fossil Walrus

Wizard Faces Pendant ~ Fossil Walrus

Wizard Face Pendant ~ Fossil Walrus

The Items Below Are From My Earlier Years Circa 1980's.
They Are Here For Your Viewing Pleasure And Reference
I Apologize For The Poor Quality Images, They Were Scanned Images Taken With A 35mm Camera.
I like to embellish my pieces with natural crystals, faceted gemstones & spheres

Shaman/W faceted Aquamarine - Wizard W/Ruby staff - Pendants


These carving were used to make a brochure

A collection of pendants


These carvings are double sided

These carvings are double sided

A skrimshaw belt buckle

A collection of inlaid antler paraphernalia
on display at Oregon Country Fair
circa; late 70's

A redwood burl mirror frame w/carved dolphin
circa; late 70's

A antler pipe w/a hippo holding an antler pipe
circa; late 70's


A Barbarian w/sterling silver shield, gold simitar, gold chain attached to dragon
chest filled with precious gem stones.

A Barbarian w/sterling silver shield, gold simitar, gold chain attached to dragon
chest filled with precious gem stones.

A Barbarian w/sterling silver shield, gold simitar, gold chain attached to dragon
chest filled with precious gem stones.





A selection of carved pendants

A selection of carved pendants


A wizard on one side and a dragon on his back holding a tourmaline crystal

From my native american series

The Items Below Are Circa 1990's And 2000's.
They Are Here For Your Viewing Pleasure And Reference
I like to embellish my pieces with natural crystals, faceted gemstones & spheres

Gemini ~ fossil Walrus ~ sterling silver ~ pendant

 

A Little Bit Of Background

 

* In 1977 I was doing jewelry fabricator for the "Stonesmith" in Grants Pass, Oregon. One day a genteman named "Carving Dave" showed me some of his carvings and scrimshaw that he had done. I was intrigued enough to try my hand at it. I went to the local library and checked out every book I could find on carving & scrimshanding and proceeded to teach myself. I located some deer antler and whales teeth and practiced. I started incorporating my new ancient skill with my new ventures. I incorporated my own scratchings and carvings into some new jewelry designs as well as creating little containers [bottles - boxes].

I can tell you this, creating scrimshaw takes a strong and steady hand. I quickly learned to appreciate good scrimshaw. I've seen a lot of "bad" scrim on beautiful pieces of ivory (it showed just how lazy or caring the artist was). I took the name the Dragon Master because I used a lot of dragons in my work.

Being a fantasy lover, I created a line of miniature fantsy characters in 1985. I was the proprietor of a rock shop and started incorporating power gems and crystals into my mini carvings at the beginning of the "crystal craze" (Age of Aquarius). Between 1985 & 1995 I created over 2000 of these characters which went to collectors all over the world!

My work was created in Fossilized (acutally it's mineralized) Ivories of the Walrus as well as Mammoth or Mastodon. This legal ivory is hundreds to thousands of years old and depending on where it has lain, it readily absorbs it's host color. On average, the deeper the color goes the older the ivory. But then there's Glacial wash ivory that still maintains it's original creamy white color.

In the late 80's into the early 90's I added Japanese Netsuke & ojime style carvings to my repertoire and joined the International Netsuke Society, even did a showing at their convention in Chicago in 1993. My contempory fantasy style was not a big hit with traditional Netsuke collectors (I didn't sell anything but traded for a nice antique silver skull ojime).

In 1991 I got into hot glass as I was getting tired of trying to explain to people that I did not promote the killing of elephants (thanks to Jane Fonda and other's LIES and missconceptions that ALL ivory comes from elephant's) and that the "ivory" that I used came from Alaskan soil not Africa.

For the past several years I only carve when I get special orders but so many people have asked for them that I thought, okay! Remember, my hands go through hell creating them. They're sure fun but get harder as the years slip by.

If you would like something special carved, drop me a line and we'll work something out. Thanks for looking.

Sam Sypolt, the Dragon Master


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