Ivory is material from the tusk of a mammal such as an elephant or walrus. Because of the threat to these animal populations that the harvesting of ivory poses the US has restricted the acquisition and use of this material to existing stocks with legal and traceable origins, and fossil ivory which is legally harvested from fossil digs, mostly in Russia.
   It is a porous milky-white material with a definite growth-pattern grain such as is exhibited in fine-grain woods. It is available in relatively small quantities of small pieces but is emblematic of many exotic materials available for use as accents in larger designs.

   This tiger maple end table was built with ivory cabochons and an ivory inset from which a silver and ebony tassel pull is attached. The ivory is very white in this photo. It will acquire a slight yellow tinge with age.