Scrimshaw Kit – Classic Black and White

Scrimshaw Kit Contents

Scrimshaw Kit ContentsNOTE: We’re currently sold out of our scrimshaw kits, but we’re heading out to get more materials, and should be actively selling kits again by the third week in August, 2012.  If you can’t wait ’til then, please visit our friends on the west coast Boone Trading Co. ( for similar kits.  Tell them sent you – they are very nice people and a pleasure to work with. 

Create a piece of history with scrimshaw!  Scrimshaw is known as the “true American artform”.  Using basic tools and whale teeth or bone, sailors would wile away their idle time creating beautiful works of art, from their own observations, imagination or from artwork of the day.  Today, with finer points and better polishing techniques, the level of detail has become stunning.  Can’t draw?  No problem! Our kit comes with complete instructions so you can transfer nearly any image onto the supplied mammoth ivory or other materials to create your own work of art to wear, give as a gift or sell!

Our scrimshaw kits have everything you need to get started in this fascinating art.

  •  A beginner’s scrimshaw tool
  • “Scrap” ivory (like the one the kraken is being done on),
  • Ink
  • White Acrylic sheet for practice and reference
  • Free form mammoth ivory pre-drilled with necklace
  • Ink
  • toothpicks for precise placement of ink
  • Excerpt from “Scrimshaw? But I Can’t Draw!” – Chapter 5
  • “The Brum Scrimshaw Technique (and other techniques)”
  • source for more mammoth ivory and other items to scrimshaw

You can easily learn how to scrimshaw with this complete kit.  Not intended for children under 12.

We offer a thirty day money back guarantee on our products – even if you’ve tried it and decided you don’t have the patience for it. “Why would you want a used product back?” you may ask. The answer is simple: we can sand down and polish most of the  ivory and re-use it elsewhere (for inlay, jewelry, etc.). If you decide you wish to return the product within thirty days, here’s what you need to do:
simply email and request an RMA# (Return Material Authorization Number). Once you have this, return EVERYTHING to us (yes, even the pieces you’ve scrimmed), and we will refund your money, less shipping and handling. US only. Sorry, no export.

The Scrimshander’s Secret Scrapbook of Whaling Era Illustrations

scrimashander's secret scrapbook cover

Need some inspiration for creating a piece of scrimshaw, a drawing or a painting? The Scrimshander’s Secret Scrapbook of Whaling Era Illustrations is over 180 images from the 19th and early 20th centuries with sea-faring and whaling images originally created as woodcuts, lithographs drawings and paintings. These illustrations cover the range from catastrophes – where boatfuls of sailors get overturned by angry whales to the fabled “Kraken” – the giant octapus reaching out of the depths to take down the hapless ship! With these period illustrations, you are sure to find inspiration for your own masterpiece on what ever medium you choose: mammoth ivory, piano keys, canvas, or a vintage tattoo!

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Scrimshaw Tools – The Coulter Precision Scribe

Coulter Precision scribe above a quarter

close-up of the Coulter scrimshaw scribing toolThe Coulter Precision scribing tool was first brought to my attention by Bob Hergert during an interview a couple of years ago.  Since then, I had hemmed and hawed, decided that my tools work just fine, and I can sharpen mine easily as opposed to a tungsten carbide precision point that would be next to impossible to sharpen with my rudimentary drills and stones.  This internal dialog kept me away from an excellent tool for a couple of years, and if I ever find myself alone in a dark alley… Save to say, I missed out on a couple of years with an excellent tool.  The precision point is not only excellent for stippling, but the lines you create have a nice deep “V” that holds the pigment well.  I’ll try to do a comparison of the different tools I use, if I can get a good enough picture setting it on “Super Macro” – but my photography skills are mediocre at best. As a scrimshaw tool, this is one of the best you can buy.

20170708 – Update:  Charles’ Etsy site is currently empty, but the eBay site is still active:

You can find the Coulter precision tool on Etsy

Learning How to Scrimshaw – Ron Newton

Learning How to Scrimshaw book coverRon Newton’s book started out as a series of handouts developed from procedures and exercises that he discovered while practicing and teaching scrimshaw. Not all students start with the same skills and talents and need different types of help. By  practicing the exercises and following the procedures in this book you will find yourself producing some very beautiful works of scrimshaw. Ron has seen this happen repeatedly in class after class and has faith that  the reader can do the same thing. The author hopes that in some small why this book will bring more interest to this art form. The whales may be endangered but lets not let their memory or scrimshaw die.

Available at Amazon.