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WJHScrimshaw
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Joined: Jun 15, 2010
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Posted: 2010-06-16 8:39 pm   Permalink

Hello all Tiki lovers, I was invited here by the vendors of the Hukilau in Ft Lauderdale Florida.

I was just checking this site out for the first time this afternoon, sorry if I got off on a bad start.

Scrimshaw was introduced to me in 1986 while working on Mackinac Island Michigan.
That same summer I joined a wooden sailing ship called the Bounty II and sailed around North America. The Bounty is famous for visiting Tahiti resulting in mutiny and I visited Tahiti in 1997 and appreciated the genuine tikis first hand. So began my tiki appreciation.

I will be posting more tiki related work here soon, but here are some samples of Scrimshaw...


This is on Woolly Mammoth Ivory as is much of my work.


Vertical of the English ship "Soveriegn of the Seas."


Mermaid portrait.


Fossil Walrus tusk tip.


At left is my first dedicated work from 1987, the portrait on the right is recent.

I have many different sizes of ivory available.
From $14 pendants to whole tusks illustrated for $4,000.
Provide me a picture to work from, tiki or not, name your desired size and I will get it done for you. Payment via paypal

Thanks to everyone who bought my work at the Hukilau and ordered custom projects!
William

[ This Message was edited by: WJHScrimshaw 2010-06-16 20:47 ]

[ Edited by: Bora Boris - Fixed Typo. - 2010-06-16 20:56 ]


 
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skootiki
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From: fallbrook,ca
Posted: 2010-06-16 8:53 pm   Permalink

Really great work..........would love to see more posts

 
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WJHScrimshaw
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Posted: 2010-06-16 9:13 pm   Permalink

Thank you so much, I wish to start a Scrimshaw business of my own and this looks like a great place to start.

I have been doing this work on and off for nearly 25 years, along the way I added sculpting, jewelry and photography to the illustration and inscribing.

Many ideas are cooking now and I'm happy to inscribe any tiki you want into a pendant. More ice age materials on the way. Protecting the living animals.

Upcoming projects include scrimshawed carvings with inlays.

I'm also open to personalizing your bone carving pendants you already have.
Someone had me do this at the Hukilau, they loved it.

Lets keep the tradition of the old crafts going strong.







 
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hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2010-06-16 10:16 pm   Permalink

Your work is very good. Please post some more, the detailed artwork is outstanding.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-06-17 12:09 am   Permalink

Wonderful work. Nautical objects are part and parcel of Tiki decor, like any memento that might be found in a South Seas bar, and scrimshaw is certainly a classic sailor's art form from the days of Pacific exploration. Bone is a fascinating medium, immediately conveying a sense of history and authenticity.

There are only a few skilled carvers here that have tried their hands on carving Tikis out of bone. In case you want to get into that, the Marquesans had an interesting bone Tiki tradition:



 
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WJHScrimshaw
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Posted: 2010-06-17 01:07 am   Permalink

Hello and thank you again for the positive comments.

Just wanted to point out I do not use bone or carve since bone has little striations and canals for blood that frequently cloud a scrimshaw image, but not all the time. The grain of bone is difficult to engrave or incise too, but I have done a fair number of custom jobs with it. (material supplied by the customer)

My material of choice is Woolly Mammoth ivory.
Another set showing a portraits progress:



The top 4 images are pencil, the bottom 4 are painted/inked lines cut in.

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WJHScrimshaw
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Posted: 2010-06-17 01:11 am   Permalink

And another sample of a different media, illustration...

in guache - love to see these dancers!



no deep thoughts but much appreciation...for their hard work on stage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGOt-AlFk_w

Dancer at the Mai Kai...Hukilau location.

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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-06-17 01:27 am   Permalink

Very interesting, makes sense about that bone-porousness. One of those dancers sure would look nice on a fossil tooth. Aren't those ancient biters expensive?

 
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WJHScrimshaw
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Posted: 2010-06-17 01:36 am   Permalink

Hi bigbrotiki,
Yes, they can be expensive but they vary a lot. Prices are effected by overall weight, condition of weathering, color and shape (workability)

I have seen full tusks perfect for over $5,000 each and matched pairs perfect with skull for $18,000. I try to buy scraps with good spots I can use, saves a lot.

Here is one of my early works from 21 years ago. On fossil Walrus.




 
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WJHScrimshaw
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Posted: 2010-06-17 11:11 am   Permalink

Another work of a sail boat called the "New Way" that I did from a photo I took while sailing the "Ernestina" under the Mackinac Bridge in 1987.



This is on a 4" oval, which usually go for $1,400 - $1,700 because nice pieces like this are scarce, no cracks or stains.


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-06-17 11:40 am   Permalink

You mentioned you sold at the Hukilau. I am curious: With that many opportunities to spend one's hard-earned dollar, and the fact that in my estimation the general Tiki folk is not that "up in the chips", did people fork over that kind of dough for precious little heirlooms like the above, or do you also offer lower price range pieces.

 
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ZeroTiki
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From: Rohnert Park, California
Posted: 2010-06-17 11:46 am   Permalink

Wow! Quite impressive scrimshaw!


 
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WJHScrimshaw
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Posted: 2010-06-17 2:00 pm   Permalink

Hi bigbrotiki,

Hukilau prices were $12-$50

Pendants, earrings and business card holders, all tiny, but detailed.

All I posted here so far are big gallery works. All of them sold too,
$700-$2500.

The gallery didn't give me their names though, must have been collectors.

here's a portrait progression:





 
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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2010-06-17 2:09 pm   Permalink

Nice work Mr. Scrimshaw, but since you've joined a tiki board and started a Gallery page, are you going to be doing pieces with actual tikis???

 
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WJHScrimshaw
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Posted: 2010-06-17 2:19 pm   Permalink

Hi...
yes Tikis are coming soon,

I made 80 tiki works for the Hukilau in a blur and sold them all...
didn't even slow down to do a photo shoot. Someone out there got pics at the event.

The new work will be done again in a couple days and posted.
People wanted to see work by me and mermaids and ships are what I had to start since I just signed up for TC yesterday.

I'll be doing more pendants and a standing mammoth work...watch for them this weekend.


 
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