Featured Artisan Demonstration and Sale » Mollyjogger’s Scrimshaw
Scrimshaw is an early American art form originating from the whaling industry in the late 1700s. During the many idle hours at sea, a whaler etched drawings of nautical themes on items that were readily available to him such as sperm whale teeth and bones. After he scratched his artwork into the surface of the bone, he would rub lamp black or tobacco juice into the scratch to reveal the drawing. As America traveled west, the frontiersmen carried the art form with them, applying it to their powder horns, knives, and other accoutrements.
You can experience this art form too as you scrimshaw the images of a hunt, big catch, or simply the family name on your very own bone-handled pocket knife from kits available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Free, no registration required.