The Tagua Nut, harvested from the Ecuadorian Ivory Palm (Phytelephas aequatorialis), is used as an alternative to elephant tusk ivory to create beautiful figurines. Hence the name “Vegetable Ivory.” Besides the animal welfare focus, this craft is ecologically sustainable and economically stimulating. Roger learned about this craft a couple decades ago while traveling to South America to climb in the Andes Mountain Range. More recently, he has gotten to know some talented “artesanias” in Ecuador and has learned in the USA. Once the techniques are mastered, Roger takes on the designs in his workshop to create the figurines, sometimes incorporating local natural resources such as Arkansas Quartz crystals from Mount Ida into select designs.