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Title:      Flatware.
General:    This is a pair of Ebony and Sterling Silver Chopsticks. They
            are hinged and sprung at one end so that they are easy to use
            for a friend who suffers from arthritis.  The tips are lined
            with ridged Ivory salvaged from old Piano keys.  The little
            Sterling ring at the tips holds them together for storage.  A
            Japanese friend of mine saw them, and said I should export them
            to Japan, because "those modern Japanese kids dont know how to
            use the old style chopsticks anymore".
Material:  Sterling Silver, Ebony, Ivory.
Method:     Constructed.
Finish:     Polished.
Mechanics:  The hinge is constructed as a three part flanged type.
            The flanges are close fitted and glued into the Ebony.
Designer:   Walraven van Heeckeren.
Craftsman:  Walraven van Heeckeren.

Price:      AUS $ 400.00.


        STERLING SILVER is a binary Silver alloy consisting of:
                        925 parts/1000 Pure Silver and
                        75 parts/1000 Pure Copper.
 Annealing temperature: 750 degrees Celsius.
   Melting Temperature: 950 degrees Celsius.



                Ebony is a tropical hardwood.  There are two types,
                        the African, which is very black, and the Ceylon or
                        Macassar, which is a dark brown with black grain.
                        The one I use is macassar, because the trees grow
                        to a larger diameter, and therefore allow larger
                        single pieces of work to be made.



                Ivory used to be obtained from elephant tusks and
                        walrus tusks. The Walrus tusk was deemed to be the
                        best Ivory, but Elephant was much larger. Today it
                        is  illegal  to  trade  in  Ivory in many countries
                        around the world, because of the killing of the
                        creatures whose tusks they are. So in order to use
                        Ivory, I use old piano keys, or as in the case of
                        Walrus  tusk,  it  may  be  found  washed up on the
                        shores of Alaska, from Walruses that have died
                        naturally. I sometimes purchase old ivory
                        sculptures for the Elephant Ivory.