Friday, May 2, 2008

Scrimshaw makes a comeback in Maine

In the 1800's whalers spent hours upon hours creating these beautiful, timeless pieces made out of Whale bone and teeth and other marine animals. You can see more about this lost art at http://http// Today, although difficult to obtain there are still a few artisans that use preban ivory and other natural materials as well as cast their own materials for their art. This scrimshander, Linda Layden does both devoting hours to hand etching her pieces in the traditional black and white and color. She not only has these coastal scenes but has a variety of animals, and nature scenes and offers jewelry, bookmarks, notecards, boxes and more. You can see her work at

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