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Saturday, 8 June 2019

Scrimshaw.

Hi everyone what wunderkammer room wouldn't be complete without a whale tooth, i decided that in this case i wanted a piece that had scrimshaw on it so set about practicing.



Im sure you all know what scrimshaw is so i wont go into detail about it i have put the tooth i made next to a genuine whale tooth which is from my collection, i waited years to obtain this as its a genuine antique and has not been smoothed off sadly mine only has the ships name and date inscribed into it.

 
The tooth i carved using genuine whale bone again from the parasol handle i was given which makes it that little more authentic the full size tooth measures a little over 6 inches my version measures what would equate to around 8 inches but some of these can be found much larger.
Have a great weekend everyone. Tony

11 comments:

  1. I say, that is a nice piece of scrimshaw indeed. I love the ship. What did you use to blacken the carving, ink?

    Huibrecht

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    1. Hi Huibrecht, I tried various ways of blackening the engraving on scraps before i did this and ended up using plain old soot :)

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  2. Oh well done Tony. It is just great!

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  3. Another great idea and perfect execution! Ahhhhh, a Wunderkammer is such a great thing. Once filled to the brim, one wants to rummage around in it forever.

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    1. Very true Iris and each time you go back you find something different :)

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  4. Goodness gracious Tony ! another wonderful surprise. My grandmother used to have a saw-fish trophy in her porch, you could try that ! Whatever you do next we are waiting with bated breath, goodness what a room this is going to be. Hugggss

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  5. Wow! That is some fabulously tiny "scrimming"!! The details are gorgeous! The thing that amazes me the most about your work is that you use the real materials!!! Nothing "faux" about the minis you make! Beautiful work Tony!

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  6. I love it! You are very lucky to have the parasol handle :)

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