Scrimshaw, the art of engraving on ivory, shell, or bone, had its heyday during the whaling boom of the 19th century. To pass the long, idle days at sea, sailors would scratch mementos out of whale teeth using the simple tools and materials they had on hand -- sailing needles and knives, lampblack and colored pigments. 

 
 

I use India ink and simple hand tools to portray classic motifs, just as the mariners did two hundred years ago, but I etch on sustainable, cruelty-free materials. (The ostrich eggshells come hollow and clean as a whistle, and are virtually unbreakable!)

For more, visit Leviathan Bell Scrimshaw at home and on Etsy. Thanks for stopping by!