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Contemporary Scrimshaw

Contemporary Scrimshaw

Eva Halat

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Scrimshaw is a technique of stippling and scratching on fossil ivory, horn, and bone. Its roots lie in the traditional art of whaling men of the 18th and 19th centuries, but it has developed as a recognized art form. Today, fine scrimshaw miniatures adorn handcrafted knives, jewelry, billiard cues, cigarette lighters, and many other objects. With over 700 photos, this book presents a history of scrimshaw, provides instruction on carving and decorating beautiful scrimshaw, and displays a gallery of 45 international artists. Their fascinating work gives carvers inspiration. This unique book gives artists, collectors, and everyone interested in scrimshaw a great reference.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 318 color & 390 b/w photos | 240 pp
ISBN13: 9780764330490 | Binding: hard cover

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Eva Halat has been an enthusiastic scrimshaw carver for many years.