Are animals killed for your jewellery?No animal dies to be made into any of the
items I sell.
I get my bones from the local butcher AFTER he sold the meat to the clients,
those bones would otherwise either be thrown away or given to dogowners.
Goathorn, skulls and similar I mostly trade with knifemakers and they again
get it also after the animal has been killed for
human consumption or died of old age.
Can I import your items into my
As long as cows, goats, sheep do not become an endangered species (and
that does not seem very likely in the near future) there is no problem
whatsoever. Bone is similar to ivory but easy to distinguish from it by the
absence of Schreger lines and customs knows very well what to look for.
Why do you call it handmade when
you use elctric tools?Good question but a complex one!
What, really, is handmade? Obviously, things were literally handmade a long
time ago, when tools were simple. But what is one to think if the Artisan
uses rotary tools and the like? Aren't these the same power tools used in
factories? How can something made with them be handmade? The answer
has to do with the freedom of use of the tool. That is, an item can be
considered handmade if the tool could be used with a degree of freedom
dictated by the needs of the work and the will of the operator. Dedicated
and specialized tooling capable of only one operation, as is the rule in
factories, does not qualify; neither does the rote assembly, even if by
hand, of components premade to identical specifications. These are standards
by which to distinguish handmade from production made.