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Custom Handmade Scrimshaw for Sale & Commission
ndian Woman (Commissioned)

Larry Gotkin’s custom, handmade scrimshaw items offer museum-quality, artisan craftsmanship for the serious collector or reenactor.

Historically, American whalers first created scrimshaw. Sailors carved and engraved whale bone and teeth into tools, baskets, and knick-knacks, filling in the long hours and days between chores and whale sightings.

Modern scrimshanders often engrave carvings into fossil mammoth ivory, bone, horn, and various synthetic ivory materials such as Micarta and Ultra Ivory (a new and fairly expensive substitute).

Carvers cut or prick the surface of the ivory with a needle or hobby knife and then rub ink or paint into the cut to permanently color it. Carving in this manner is an extraordinarily long and painstaking process. The Indian woman, shown at right, required nearly 80 hours to complete.

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    Architecture and award-winning museum-quality custom handmade knives, edged weapons, powder horns, tomahawks, war clubs, jewelry, metal sculpture, cribbage boards, flint and obsidian knives, Japanese swords, menorahs, and more from Tucson, Arizona artist and architect Larry Gotkin.

    About Larry Gotkin
    Artist & Registered AZ Architect, Retired
    Tucson, Arizona
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    Unique Custom Handmade Items: acid etching, architecture, blades, candle holders, cheese slicers, clasps, cribbage boards, chess setscustom knives, daggers, desk knives, dirks, edged weapons (knives), edged weapons (tomahawks), flint knives, guns, hadseax, handmade knives, Japanese swords, jewelry, katanas, kitchen knives, knife bags, knives, menukis, metal sculpture, obsidian knives, powder horns, powder_horns, puukkos, sax, scramaseax, scramsax, scrimshaw, seax, seaxe, sgian dubhs, skeans, skinners, spears, sword bags, swords, tallit clips, tantos, tomahawks, wakizashis, war clubs, weapons (knives), weapons (tomahawks), weapons (war clubs), yoga pose meditation candles, yoga pose metal sculptures


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