The non-profit museum at David Warther Carvings accepts donations of legal elephant ivory tusks; however, donating elephant tusks must be done from within the United States. David has become an expert surrounding the laws and regulations of buying, selling, and gifting of elephant tusks and ivory carvings in the United States. It is not uncommon for him to be consulted by professionals in the antique, musical instrument, and firearm worlds about the sale and transfer of tusks and carvings.
The particular type of ivory that David uses is considered pre-ban, antique ivory. This kind of ivory is old material that has been donated from other museums or from private collections within in the United States. David works side-by-side with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Authorities to document the legal origin of this antique material used for his art.
David is a lifelong advocate of wildlife conservation, particularly as it concerns elephants. He personally contributes to wildlife conservation efforts.
In his exhibit, you will see a natural history display that showcases the different types of ivory from various animals, including ancient woolly mammoth tusks, as well as fossil walrus tusks that date from 20,000 years ago.