“Australia is a lonely place when it comes to scrimshaw. There was a lot of whaling here and a lot of whale teeth but no community of scrimmers. You could count the scrimmers on one hand! When I show people my work they don’t know what it is, never seen it before.
“I started scrimming in the early 1990s, I had acquired a few small teeth when travelling around Australia on a motor bike. By the early 1990s I had settled down in Cairns QLD and thought I’d do something with the teeth but couldn’t find anyone.
“Finally a got a copy of “The Scrimshaw Connection” , WOW what a book, I studied the How To section and started to scratch away at some pigs tusks, what a mess. But I kept at it and slowly improved.
” I’d become quite friendly with Bob Engnath and he gave me a few tips, the best one was a guy called Randy Philips who owned a engineering shop, he made and sold a scrimshaw machine (stippling) that worked really well.
I don’t sell my pieces, just collect, it’s a hobby. Scrimshaw can be very addictive.
Rod has made a very interesting non-scrimshaw jewelry invention called SWOPS. Interesting swappable earring and pendant set. Take a look!