Create Your Own Scrimshaw at IR Lifesaving Station

by Dave on June 22, 2009

Create your own scrimshaw carving at the Indian River Life-Saving Station

Sunday, June 28th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

Considered to be one of the original American art forms, scrimshaw is the art of carving intricate designs and images into bones and teeth of whales and walruses.  It gained its popularity in the mid-19th century as part of the whaling industry.  Workers onboard whaling ships believed that every part of the whale should be used – including bones and teeth.  After carving, it was common to add ink to the design to make it stand out.  Whalers, sailors, and eventually the surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service would create scrimshaw to fill their free time, and to make some extra income on the side.

The Indian River Life-Saving Station will be holding an instructional class on how to create your own scrimshaw masterpiece, made from a more environmentally-friendly material (a bar of soap).  The class will be held on Sunday, June 28th from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and is suitable for ages 10 and up.  The cost of this program is $4.00 and includes all instruction and materials.  Space is limited so please pre-register by calling the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at 302-227-6991.

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