Only 3 of these are available and once they're gone no more will be recreated. This item is not for the faint of heart as the bone is exposed. Each elk leg was hand preserved here at Oreamnos Oddities for a year to ensure it would last a lifetime. Once acquired the elk leg cannot become wet or the preservation process will be undone. Made from a beautiful piece of pine, stained black ebony and has a saw tooth hanger attached to the back for easy placement.
Using a wood burning tool we have engraved the piece with the eldest form of the runic alphabets: The Elder Futhark.
The Elder Futhark (also called Elder Fuþark, Older Futhark, Old Futhark or Germanic Futhark) is the oldest form of the runic alphabets. It was a writing system used by Germanic tribes for Northwest Germanic dialects in the Migration Period. Its inscriptions are found on artifacts (including jewelry, amulets, tools, weapons, and runestones) from the 2nd to the 8th centuries.
In Scandinavia, from the late 8th century, the script was simplified to the Younger Futhark, and the Anglo-Saxons and Frisians extended the Futhark, which eventually became the Anglo-Saxon futhorc. Unlike the Anglo-Saxon furhorc and the Younger Futharks, which remained in use during the Early and the High Middle Ages respectively, knowledge of how to read the Elder Futhark was forgotten until 1865, when it was deciphered by Norwegian scholar Sophus Bugge.
All of our wood working is 100% made from scratch.
The elk leg is wire wrapped to the wood, drilled in place and we hammer the metal into the wood so it sits very securely.
Please view photos for further size reference and to see what the wire wrapping looks like.
All of our bones are harvested from within the landscape and then cleaned personally by hand. What this means is that when you purchase from Oreamnos Oddities you will have a bone from a wild animal that was simply found while hiking. No animals are ever harmed when harvesting. We also do not use any chemicals in our cleaning process and leave their beautiful natural tint. We honor animals in life and death and hope our customers will continue honoring them through our art.