Scrimshawed Horse on Buffalo Horn
Scrimshawed Horse on Buffalo Horn

Scrimshaw is the name given to scrollwork, engravings, and carvings done in bone or ivory. Typically it refers to the handiwork created by whalers made from the byproducts from harvesting them from marine mammals. It is most commonly made out of the bones and teeth of sperm whales, the baleen of other whales, and the tusks of walruses. It takes the form of elaborate engravings in the form of pictures and lettering on the surface of the bone or tooth, with the engraving highlighted using a pigment, or, less often, small sculptures made from the same material.

I use scrimshaw in a variety of contexts, including the design of walking stick handles. Much of my work depicts animals in their natural habitats.

All materials I use in my pieces are ethically sourced.

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