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The tradition of the old Dutch sailors says that the word "scrimshaw" comes from the nautical slang and means "wasting time". Considered by some as the only genuinely original form of artistic expression in the United States, it was first practiced by sailors from whaling ships departing , especially in New England, on the east coast . It was to fill the many empty hours that entails such fishing , scraping with a knife or a needle for sewing boat sails on whale teeth or, more usually, walruss tusks to set a pattern that was subsequently revealed with soot, ink or snuff juice .

The reasons for the drawings used to be of nostalgic character, portraits of wives or family back home and also any type of marine animals or sirens. The empty hours on long cruises that took at least five years, were filled whole with engraving ivory pieces that then were lead to their family as keepsake trunks. Scrimshaw became popular in 1960 when John F. Kennedy announced to the public his hobby of collecting pieces decorated with this technique.

It is said that Scrimshanders are persistent characters because they always find some material to "scratch", despite they ban ivory.

 

 

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I like to dive into my materials, find me in their forms, folds, furrows and discover their colors until they transform and combine just after a few hours of work. The ultimate goal of working on each of my pieces is extolling the beauty, nuances and capture a bit of the soul of nature.

In all processes and materials that I use for my creations I am respectful of the environment and the species that inhabit and enrich it. I never use materials of endangered species and I am particularly rigorous with controls and documentation with CITES of the material I use of some species .

Scrimshaw engraving service.

Animals in black and white or color.

You can customize with a scrimshaw engraving your special work tool, your favorite knife at the moment or its most precious jewel.
The materials that can be engraved to scrimshaw are the following:
Any kind of ivory of animal origin, deer antler, roe deer, reindeer, elk, facochero tusk, elephant, mammoth molar and mother-of-pearl.
You can also make a scrimshaw engraving on a surface of synthetic origin such as corian and elforyn.

It always has to be a dense, compact, pore-less surface.
All engravings to scrimshaw are made by hand using a steel tip, no electric tools are used in any case.
See working time, delivery time and price.

EUR €150.00
incl. 21.00% VAT

 

 

 

Purpose of making my drawings is that they serve me as the sketch to make scrimshaw engraving. This type of engraving does not allow mistakes. If any would happen, the entire piece of ivory had to be re-sanded and polished.

Scrimshaw is a type of engraving that involves making small notches on the ivory in this case elk and later disclose ink. Not only is there a lot of patience needed to do this kind of work, but also a profound knowledge about the technique.

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Scrimshaw engraving service.

Family crest and coat of arms.
You can customize with a scrimshaw engraving your special work tool, your favorite knife at the moment or its most precious jewel.
The materials that can be engraved to scrimshaw are the following:
Any kind of ivory of animal origin, deer antler, roe deer, reindeer, elk, facochero tusk, elephant, mammoth molar, and mother-of-pearl.
You can also make a scrimshaw engraving on a surface of synthetic origin such as corian and elforyn.
It always has to be a dense, compact, pore-less surface.
All engravings to scrimshaw are made by hand using a steel tip, no electric tools are used in any case.
See working time, delivery time and price.

EUR €150.00
incl. 21.00% VAT
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I am always happy to customize and personalize my work pieces for my clients. In my opinion, this increases the value of an item on an emotional level.

It makes the item a keepsake and is a form of investment in the future.