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scrimshaw on galayda grips

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Bill Powell, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. Bill Powell

    Bill Powell Cross Member CLM

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    Years ago I used to do scrimshaw, and got pretty good at it. I've been practicing, after a 30 year hiatus, and when I get a few good ones I will start posting photos.
     
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    If anyone has any scrimshaw art they would like to post you would would be welcome here. Various mechanical aids have taken scrimshaw to almost photo level but I like the old traditional cross hatch method, with some gouging.
     

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    Just posting so I can find this thread in the future. I look forward to your pics.

    Rabbi
     
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    i'm just taggin along for the ride too. i loves me some scrimshaw.
     
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    I don't have any of Bill's scrimshaw work to post, but here is a few of his drawings. He takes the smiley face icons to a whole new level.
     
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    I'll be doing a few of the novelty drawings, but there will also be wildlife scenes, and skulls, and stuff like that there.
     
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    I'm in the process of aquiring tools and drawing aids, and practicing, and re-learning that which I used to know well.
     
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    You will do damn good Bill:thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks, Okie, I hope so. Some of the scrimshaw is fancier, but i prefer the traditional, like they did a couple of hundred years ago.
     
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    A quick history of scrimshaw. It started getting popular on the whaling ships. Sailors with nothing to do would etch pictures into whales' teeth with usually a sail repair needle and would fill the scratches with lamp black, down to tobacco jusice mixed with oil. The picture was what was left after the extra coloring was wiped away.m A lot of the ship's captains thought it was total nonsense. In fact, a very loose translation of the word scrimshaw is; "A useless product, derived of idle time."

    It was just about a dying art in the twentieth century, but a few famous collectors made it re-surface. John Kennedy was an avid scrimshaw collector. The popularity is being kept alive with knife and gun decoration, and some jewelry.
     
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    Neat stuff!
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    Here's a pic of some of his practice work.
     
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    Here's a few more:
     
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    I'm about halfway to the quality of work I want to do to start out. It's actually fun, and very relaxing.
     
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    Still practicing, and now have some grips coming.
     
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    Historian NRA Benefactor Lifetime Member

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    Bill, keep posting. :supergrin:

    I've always wanted to do a powder horn.
     
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    Can we get our pre-orders in?

    I'll take a few for the J frames, please.:supergrin:
     
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    Historian, there's a really good step by step on doing a powder horn in the Google, under Scrimshaw. He does them almost exclusively.

    Berto, they will be heavy on haints and varmints starting out. Grim reapers, skulls, Cobras, and stuff like that there.
     
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    Yeah, an I own a couple of books on it. I've just never got the horn.

    This is art. Personal art. And a very old one at that.

    There are examples of horns from the Revolution, the French and Indian Wars and even the frontier period.

    Like this one.

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    If only they could talk. :supergrin: I just get excited thinking about it.
     
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    I get the same feeling from the classic cars I work on. Anybody that could afford a fifteen to twenty thousand car in the early thirties was most likely one of the movers or shakers from that era.