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First Scrimshaw Piece


Lachlan

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My first attempt at scrimshaw on a. After trying a few things I settled on stippling. Im happy with all of it except the babies head, I got a little over excited doing the shading around its mouth. Took around 30 hours which I think is good for a first attempt.

 

Binding is a 4 strand braid with loops back-braided in at each end so it can be adjusted.

 

Question for any scrimshanders out there. I wanted to go darker but could only do so by using a larger point, which I felt detracted from the piece, any suggestions?

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Where I live the local Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginals hunt quite a lot of the animals. It is illegal to possess the ribs and tusks and a shop on Thursday Island got in trouble for selling dugongs carved from dugong tusk. Silly law because no one hunts for the tusks.

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Cool, thats very helpful, I'm over near Borroloola NT and see the locals hunting and eating it quite regularly, so I'll make some inquiry's next time I run into someone. Thanks for that, shouldn't be hard for me to get some rib bones, which have now made the want list too :)

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