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...:: Full Color Premium Scrimshaw ::...

The following scrimshaw shows some of my finest work. None of the scrimshaw on this page are for sale by me. You may find some of these pieces for sale on the Scrimshaw Gallery website.

...::Misty Forest (Clouded Leopard)::...

The Clouded Leopard is an endangered species that resides in Southeast Asia. It's stoutly short legs enables this cat to rush up a tall vertical tree with ease. This leopards unusually long canine teeth gives it the title of modern day Saber Tooth Tiger. The male of the species will often become very vicious to its female counterpart, to the point of dismemberment and even death.

To scrimshaw a design like this is very time consuming. To achieve the blurry look of the forest, a tremendous amount of stippling was involved; very tedious work to say the least.


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Leopard

Misty Forest
Mammoth Ivory

Leopard
Clouded Leopard
Mammoth Ivory

Leopard
Close up showing detail.
Mammoth Ivory

Leopard
Cats name on back.


...::Morning Light (Bengal Tiger)::...

Big cats are a beautiful subject for scrimshaw, so, when it came to choosing wildlife to scrim on this piece, I decided to depict a Bengal Tiger. The challenge for this design was to create the illusion of light by contrasting and adjusting the value structure of the form and surrounding elements. Repeated etching and inking was required to create the effect I wanted to achieve. The colors I used for the tiger was mixtures of red, yellow and brown; blues and purple for the shadow of the rock.

The Bengal tiger is found primarily in India with smaller populations in neighboring countries. The growing demand of pelts from Asia in recent years has once again put the Bengal tiger at risk. The increase of poaching this beautiful subspecies is diminishing its numbers.

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Tiger

Bengal Tiger
Mammoth Ivory

Tiger
Close up
Mammoth Ivory

Tiger
Close up showing detail.
Mammoth Ivory


...::Great Blue Heron::...

Here in the Pacific Northwest, one can view large birds wading and fishing in the waters of the Puget Sound and wetlands. It was inevitable that I would eventually scrimshaw the beautiful Heron.

I chose to challenge myself with this design by including a foamy surf as the back drop for the heron. I knew that an incredible amount of stippling would be involved to create the illusion of foam. After executing the design to my satisfaction, I added spots of highlights throughout the scene with the use of white. This created an effect that made the realism pop.

The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae. These birds are a common sight near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America and Central America. It is the largest North American heron and, among all extant herons, it is surpassed only by the Goliath Heron and the White-bellied Heron.

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Heron

Great Blue Heron
Fossil Walrus Ivory

Heron
Close up
Fossil Walrus Ivory

Heron
Close up showing detail.
Fossil Walrus Ivory


...::Magnifier with American Kestrel scrimshaw::...

I have drawn and painted this bird, but this is my first scrimshaw of an American Kestrel. I scrimmed this bird because of its colorful plumage. I depicted it with lines of branches and limbs in a wintery scene to give a pleasant contrast to the colors of the kestrel.

The American Kestrel is the smallest of falcons. My first sighting of this bird was along the Hood Canal near Brinnon Washington.

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Kestrel

Kestral on ivory handle magnifier.

Kestrel
Kestrel

Kestrel
Detail

Kestrel
Close up showing detail.


...::Night Watch - Boreal Owls::...


These are Boreal Owls; Tengman's Owl is the Old World name. They're also known as Richardson's Owl here in America.

These owls reside in coniferous forests across the northern hemisphere. They often nest in the cavity in a tree - usually an old woodpecker dig.

Creating a design on this ivory was quite the challenge. There was a plethora of checks to incorporate into the design. I arranged the composition in such a way as to accommodate all of the checks, cracks and blemishes.

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Boreal Owls

Night Watch - Boreal Owls

Owls
Close up of full image

Owls
Detail

Owls
Nameplate


...::Sandpipers::...

The shores of Washington State are dotted with sandpipers. The ones I scrimmed on this piece are known as Spotted Sandpipers. I portrayed them in their breeding plumage. During the breeding season, this species of Sandpipers become more spotted.

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Sandpipers
Sandpipers
Fossil Walrus Ivory

Sandpipers
Detail

Sandpipers
Detail

Sandpipers
Group Detail


...::European Eagle Owl::...

I was asked to scrim an owl on this piece. My first thought was to scrimshaw a Great Horned Owl, but that bird is an all to familiar subject, so, I decided to portray an owl with similar features... a European Eagle Owl. The darkness of the tree trunk and spots on the owl was delineated with layers of cross-hatching and stippling.

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Owl
European Eagle Owl
Mammoth Ivory

Owl
Close up

Owl
Detail showing moth

Owl
Detail


...::Raging Bull - African Elephant::...

I scrimshawed this piece a few years ago. The collector came up with the title, Raging Bull. I wanted to make the scrimshaw a perfect fit with the title, so, I decided to scrim a design that was direct and dynamic with a "head-on" view and a background with minimal detail.

The beautiful mount for this piece was made by the late Ken Fredericks. His work was in high demand. Ken was a master craftsman who prepped ivory for collectors and the top scrimshanders in America.

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Elephant
Raging Bull - African Elephant
Mammoth Ivory slice

Elephant
Close up

Elephant
Detail

Elephant
Nameplate


...::Rugged Vista - Bald Eagle Scene::...

I purchased this beautiful mammoth ivory in 1981. It was in the collection of June Webster unmounted for many years, then, sold to another collector and mounted by Ken Fredericks.

This scrimshaw design is one of a few that I colored with oil paints. These days, I use ink to color the scrimshaw.

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Eagle
Rugged Vista - Eagle Scene
Mammoth Ivory

Eagle
Close up

Eagle
Detail

Nameplate
Nameplate

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