Carving Repair / Restoration

Inuit art is an investment - pure and simple. There are not too many things in life that you can say that about. A beautiful Inuit carving is a treasure that you can admire and cherish, while knowing at the same time it will appreciate in value. Inuit art is one of those rare commodities on this planet that does that. No matter which piece you own, chances are, if you hold onto it for 10 - 20 years, it will at the very least double in value.

Many of our clients have pieces they Love, and then experience that unfortunate mishap where the carving falls off a table and breaks. Life happens, we understand that, and this is why I am writing this article. We are here to rectify your situation and make your carving look as good as new again.

On that narrative, you would be amazed to see what we are able to do with your broken pieces. Pieces that you would never imagine to be repairable, can be fully restored to perfection where you will not even remember or see where it was broken to begin with.

For minor repairs, such as scratches or chips, this is something we can repair in-house. It is a relatively easy fix. Costs associated with this are $150 - $350.

For larger repairs (such as a broken or a shattered foot), we are good friends with this one particular Inuit artist in the North who is beyond amazing at restoring and repairing carvings. I have never seen anyone do what he does. He has worked miracles for our clients. I have had clients hand me over $15,000 Nuna Parr 80 Lbs bear - completely shattered - surprised to see that their piece was returned completely new. They couldn't even see where the cracks or broken pieces were. He is able to repair your broken piece to a better than new state. This equally holds true for older pieces, newer pieces, small trinkets or $20,000 masterpieces. This guy is absolutely incredible when it come to repairs and restoration. 

Below are some typical examples and approximate price ranges of what you can expect:.

Typically, small scratches, blemishes or clean chips that can be done in-house: $150 - $350.

Broken Carving  

 

  

Accessory replacements such as tusks from a walrus or a baton from a hunters hand that went missing are easy to replace: $250

 

Pieces that have shattered or broken pieces: $375 and up

   

Pieces that need reconstruction, where a part of the stone is missing: $700 and up.

Repairs generally take anywhere from one week to a month to complete. 

Please contact us with your broken piece and we will give you an estimate of how much it should cost at 1 800 457-8110 or at info@inuitsculptures.com.

 



Comment on this post (9 comments)

  • DAN says...

    I have an Inuit carving. A man in a kayak. A piece of the front of the kayak was chipped and is lost. Can the stone be honed and the flaw made to disappear?

    November 11, 2019

  • Louise Fitzgerald says...

    I have a simple white sculpture in the shape of a dove. I’ve had it for 35 years and it recently was shattered into large chunks and shattered pieces. It weighs about 15 lbs. And it’s wing span is approximately 15 inches. The height is about 20 inches. Can you help me? It’s priceless onlyto me but I want it restored.

    February 13, 2019

  • David Burns says...

    Just picked up a carving only to find that in the delivery process in my vehicle I somehow damaged the two claws of the raptor. I have the two broken pieces about 1/2" in size. Where are you located?

    November 11, 2019

  • Anne-Marie Hall says...

    The signatures on my Pangnirtung *92 print are gradually

    fading (although framed with protective glass?…) – Can this

    be corrected?

    November 11, 2019

  • Bonnie Stephens says...

    Hi I am wondering if you could help me find someone to make a replacement tusk for a narwhal carving we bought 25 years ago when we lived in Yellowknife. The tusk went missing when we moved. It is one of my favourite carvings and I am hoping you can point me in the right direction. Thanks, Bonnie

    March 03, 2018

  • Loren sanborn says...

    I have a large soap stone bear by Pettman that has a few scratches. I live in near San Francisco, CA. Is there someone in my area who could help? Thank you, Loren

    October 03, 2017

  • Marcia Holm says...

    HI I have lost a 4 inch tusk from a pair or Narwhal. I would like to replace it.

    August 15, 2017

  • Bryce Herron says...

    Hello Kalina

    You contacted the right place. We are specialists for repairing and restoring broken carvings. We will have your carving looking perfect as it was when you acquired it.

    Please send your piece to us and we will have it look like new again. You can refer to our carving restoration section of the website for a rough idea of costs.

    https://www.inuitsculptures.com/products/carving-restoration-repair

    January 14, 2017

  • Kalina says...

    Hello,
    I need your advice about this carving that we have at home. It is a dancing bear standing on one foot and it has a base too, but the base and the carving are not attached or glued in any way. So we’re afraid to expose it at home since it may easily fall and break.
    What would be the best glue or other to firmly attach the carving on the base? Is there a specialist that you can recommend to whom we may adress preferably in Montreal?

    Thank you for your collaboration in advance!

    December 15, 2016

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