Custom Scrimshaw by Mark Thogerson
An ancient craft on natural materials

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Scrimshaw on natural materials

The Advisory Committee on Wildlife  Trafficking has not made a final decision about new ivory regulations. They have been surprised by the outcry from a number of groups representing not only professional scrimshanders such as myself, but also those that represent gun and knife collectors and makers, museum professionals, musical instrument makers and professional orchestras, ivory collectors, the NRA and even the Elephant Protection Society. The last group would like to see legal trade in "natural death" ivory, which would provide a stable source of ivory that would not harm living animals. Approximately 20,000 elephants die each year from natural causes, and their tusks can be easily found.

As yet, there are no changes in current ivory regulations, so you need not worry about purchasing ivory from me or other scrimshanders.

Welcome to the Web home of Scrimshaw by Mark Thogerson. I am a scrimshander with over 40 years of experience working with ivory and antler.  I only use natural materials - fossil mammoth and walrus ivories, old ivory piano keys, and shed antlers - and work them using hand tools and materials similar to those the whalers may have had in the 19th Century.  The result is an authentic look, and pieces you will be proud to display or use.

Please browse my Online Catalog to view scrimshaw for sale, and take a peek at my Art Fair schedule to see if I will be exhibiting near you. If you have questions about scrimshaw, ivory and its care, or the laws regarding its sale, please review my FAQs page. Those interested in commissioning a piece will want to review items in the Scrimshaw Gallery, and some of my Recent Commissions
I do not do appraisals.


In addition to scrimshaw, I accept commissions
for custom-made wooden liturgical items such as
processional and altar crosses, candlesticks,
pectoral crosses and other items.
Please email me for details.

Interested in custom-fitted replacement grips
for your Marine Officer (Mameluke) sword?
 I make them! Click here for more information

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