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
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.
my Online Catalog to view scrimshaw for sale, and
take a peek at my
Art Fair schedule to see if I will be
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.