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Scrimshaw Techniques: Basic to Advanced (2 Book Set) by Jim Stevens


2 Softcover Books, 240 pages, Illustrated

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Two bestselling scrimshaw guides by scrimshaw craftsman Jim Stevens at a special price. Over Three hundred pages of top notch instruction and great color photos.

Scrimshaw Techniques: This guide is a dazzling showcase of this uniquely American art form. The pages are filled with tips, techniques, and insights that both educate and demonstrate the steps to creating authentic and beautiful scrimshaw. An examination of ivory includes a wide range of alternative natural and man-made ivory substitutes, including bone, horn, and nuts. Without question, this is the most complete technical and aesthetic book ever written in the field. With over 200 color photos, this step-by-step guide addresses scrimshaw tools, patterns, inking, and inlays. Originally written as a training manual for studio apprentices, this knowledge is now available to you.

Advanced Scrimshaw Techniques: Learn techniques every scrimshaw artist needs for true proficiency in this traditional art form. Over 130 clear color photos illustrate color scrimshaw techniques, scrimshaw using power tools, ivory carving with hand and power tools, and practices in the care, conservation, repair, and restoration of ivory scrimshaw objects. Along with practical instruction on advanced techniques, the detailed text provides vital information on scrimshaw fakes, reproductions, resources, and appraisals. A unique feature is the extensive glossary, providing explanations of scrimshaw, sculpting, carving, and collecting terms found collectively nowhere else. Artists using this book will gain an array of techniques and invaluable information. For scrimshaw artists and carvers, this book is vital.

Jim Stevens

Jim Stevens is the master scrimshaw craftsman for Fenton, the international jewelry design studio based in New York City. He is also a master scrimshaw instructor for the NRA Gunsmithing School. His works are found in numerous art galleries and collected internationally. He is also often sought out for scrimshaw and antique ivory restoration work.


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2 Softcover Books