What you'll do
I will explain the history of the art of scrimshaw from early whaling to modern. I explain the materials used and the laws governing the materials. Guests will be shown examples of all materials as well as several original sailor made artifacts. We then will take a studio tour of my work space where I will show guests how to prepare materials for engraving. Afterwards I will demonstrate the art of engraving step by step before instructing guests how to make their own piece of scrimshaw.
Engraving tool, ink, Tagua nut disk to practice, mammoth ivory pendant
I am a scrimshaw artist. Scrimshaw is the art of engraving on ivory or bone started by the American whalers on board ships while hunting for whales as early as the 18 th c. I apprenticed with my brothers while in college and opened my first store in Baltimore, MD in 1982. I then relocated to Newport in 1986 to my store located on Bowen’s Wharf.
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Where you'll be
We will begin at my home studio with a history of the art and a hands on practice of the art then reconvene at my store in town.
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Mon, Aug 26 From 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.
$98 per person
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Up to 6 guests ages 12 and up can attend.
Learn to scrimshaw from a 36 yr master