Scrimshaw on Common Modern Materials with Mike Dubber October 20-21


 $300 Tuition + $45 materials 
Deposit: $125.00
  • Key Points:
  • *Using knives and needle points to scratch material surfaces
  • *Creating an artistic composition suitable for scrimshaw
  • *Differentiating the subject from the background
  • *Creating visual depth with multiple scratch and point techniques
  • *Laying in black and colored inks
  • *Surface treatments to permanently seal scrimshaw art



There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.


Whalers and sailors of the mid 1800’s generated the art technique we know as “Scrimshaw.”  It includes a variety of methods of picking, scratching and cutting the surface of bone and ivory objects with a stylus or knife and gradually filling the markings with inks to create pictorial art on the surface of the material.  Students will be issued a set of engraving tools, abrasives, ink and sealants as a part of the class, but are encouraged to bring any tools they might already have.  Mike will bring a generous supply of pre-drawn art available for transfer directly to the surface of the materials to be scrimmed, although students may also develop their own art.  Students will scrimshaw on materials such as bone and/or tauga nut (vegetable ivory) but are encouraged to bring their own scrimshaw subject matter, such as bone handled knives, animal ivory jewelry, or steer horn.  Scrimshaw is a highly detailed art technique that can be incorporated into nearly any craft project.