Carved horn spoons testify to the skills of Tlingit hunters and artists. Sheep horn spoons and mountain goat horn spoons were made in one or two pieces. Horn was softened in boiling water and oil before being split and molded. Bowls and handles were riveted together with horn, local copper, or imported metal. Some handles were elaborated with abalone shell inlay. Spoon carvers often made other special items in bone, argillite, and ivory.