Bear Scrimshaw on Knife Handle
Scrimshaw is the art of carving, engraving, or otherwise making
pictures in ivory. It was developed by the Yankee whalers
and spread by them as an art form throughout the world.
The original art was practiced on whale teeth and whale
scrimshanders use walrus ivory, fossil or ancient ivory
from mastodons and walruses and where legal, elephant ivory.
The knife makers of today use stippling techniques, scoring
or carving to craft their art. Inks and paints are used rather
than lamp black.
learned scrimshaw from Scrimshander Bob Engnath and use
the stippling technique. I scrimshaw my own work. I use
exclusively ancient ivory to avoid problems with the Endangered
Act. I prefer wildlife themes. I do not do nudes.