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This African watering hole scene was scrimshawed on an unusual piece of ivory cut from the middle of the tusk, flat and about 1/8" thick.  It depicts a group of elephants trying to intimidate the lions to abandon the water hole as several zebras wait in the distance for their opportunity.  It was part of the collection of ivory belonging to a scrimshaw artist who passed away in the mid 1980's.

4" X 16" X 1/8" (approx. size)

 

The images for these two pieces are from prints by the Ukeyo-e artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi.  The one on the left is number 9 in the series "100 Aspects of the Moon" printed in 1885.  It depicts Soga Gono observing a cuckoo flying across the crescent moon before he takes revenge on his father's killer, which will result in his own death.  The song of the cuckoo calls spirits to the next world.  On the right is a print from the series "New Forms of 36 Ghosts" printed in1889.  It is from the folktale "The Heron Maiden" in which a man nurses an injured heron back to health and sets it free.  Soon a young maiden appears and they fall in love.  She tells him he must never watch her at work making silk brocade.  He can't resist and sees that she is actually the heron he had helped.  She returns to the form of the maiden but tells him she must now fly away with the other herons and leave him forever.

left - 4 1/8" X 2 1/2 " X 1" fossil walrus ivory

right - 3 1/2" X 2" X 1 1/4" fossil walrus ivory

 

Queequeg, one of the most memorable characters in Herman Melville's "Moby Dick", is described as the son of a chief from the fictional South Pacific island of Kokovoko.  As a younger man he stole aboard a visiting whale ship to experience the world beyond.  Upon first meeting him, Ishmael sees a cannibal with a body covered with tattos, but soon comes to believe that Queequeg's dignity, courage and generous spirit makes him one of the most civilized men he has ever met.  "You cannot hide the soul."  Stand by Ken Fredericks.

6 1/8" X 2 1/4" X 1 1/2" (ivory size)

 

A long time collector of my work came across this very large and beautiful section of a mammoth tusk and asked me to scrimshaw a scene with leopards on it.  Unfortunately, as we sanded down into the ivory we realized it was not going to be suitable for scrimshaw.  But I was able to find three pieces of ivory cut flat that would be large enough to piece together and inlayed into the tusk for an area for the scrimshaw.  This ivory came from the same collection as the ivory I used for the African watering hole scene above.  The composition is a composite scene of the life of leopards.  The stand was made by Roger Cash.

4" X 16" approx. size of scrimshaw area

 

Another collector, who has commissioned work from me since my early days as a free lance scrimshander, contacted me after spending some time in Glacier National Park and asked me to scrimshaw a piece with mountain goats in Glacier Park.  I came up with this composition of two goats on a cliff overlooking Lake Grinnell (with Mount Grinnell) in the background.  Both named after George Grinnell, an early conservationist and explorer and advocate for the creation of Glacier National Park.  I was lucky enough to find just the right piece of fossil walrus ivory for the scene.  Stand by Roger Cash.

9 1/2" X 3" approx. ivory size

 

This scene of a bull elk with his harem of cows was scrimshawed on a full fossil walrus tusk.

2 7/8" X 15 1/4" X 1 1/2"

 

A pack of wolves pursuing a small herd of elk through the snow is the subect of this scrimshaw on a pre-act tagged walrus tusk, one of the largest tusks I have worked on.

 

 

 

I scrimshawed these mammoth ivory scales for a hand made knife that was to have a Viking theme. Unfortunately, I didn't have the opportunity to see them on the finished knife.

 

A scene of a mother polar bear out on the ice with her two nearly full grown cubs scrimshawed on a beautiful fossil walrus tusk.

3 1/2" X 14" X 1 1/4"

 

This scene with snow leopards is scrimshawed on a full fossil walrus tusk with very distinctive groves cut along the bottom to be used for a runner on a sled.

3 1/2" X 17" X 1 1/4" approx.

 

Rivals competing for salmon in an Alaskan river, a bald eagle eyes the catch in the jaws of a cub as the mother grizzly keeps a wary eye on the eagle.  Scrimshawed on the tip end of an antique walrus tusk.

2 5/8" X 11 1/2" X 1 3/4"

 

In 1768, Lieutenant James Cook set sail from England on a refitted ship named "Endeavour" on his first voyage to explore the south pacific ocean and find "the Southern Continent".  After a stay on Tahiti, the "Endeavour" headed south and west to New Zealand which had been discovered by Abel Tasman a century earlier.  They charted the islands extensively and determined they were not connected to a larger continent.  The then sailed east and charted the east coast of Australia.  After more than two years of exploration the "Endeavour" returned to England in 1771.  The stand was made by Ken Fredericks from African rosewood with mammoth ivory and abalone inlay.

6" X 2 5/8" X 1 1/2" (ivory size)

 

 

The owner of this beautiful sperm whale tooth (a resident of Washington State) commissioned this whaling scene.  It depicts the crew of the whale boat cautiously approaching a breaching sperm whale before throwing the first harpoon.   The back is illustrated in the style of a 19th century engraving accompanied by a verse of an old whaling song.

5" X 2 3/4"

 

 

This Old World Globe is based on a map by  Hondius circa 1630 scrimmed on an ivory billiard ball.  The wooden stand is made by Ken Fredericks.

1 7/8" diameter

 

 

Scrimshaw on an antique sperm whale tooth with inlay mount by Ken Fredericks.

"Rising with his utmost velocity from the furthest depths, the Whale thus booms his entire bulk into the pure element of air, and piling up a mountain of dazzling foam,...the torn, enraged waves he shakes off, seem his mane; in some cases, this breaching is his act of defiance."   Herman Melville in Moby-Dick

6 1/4" X 2 5/8" X 1 3/4" (ivory)

 

 

 

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