"How to Scrimshaw and Carve Ivory" includes information on basic scrimshaw techniques, scrimshaw tools and how to make them, preparation of the ivory, and a very useful page of tips on scrimshaw.
The heart of the book are the four projects that the author takes you through start-to-finish, with detailed and fully illustrated step-by-step instructions:
Making a Pendant (with scrimshaw of a cat)
Handgun Grips (with color scrimshaw of roses)
Wood Duck on a Belt Buckle
and a Classic Sailing Ship on a Whale's Tooth
Illustrated with over 100 excellent-quality photographs.
Includes a listing of alternatives to the traditional ivory sources (elephant, whale, walrus etc.), such as fossil ivory (mammoth ivory), warthog tusk, bone, horn, shell, vegetable "ivory" (tagua bean), and various synthetic materials including "alternative ivory," paper Micarta, and Corian.
In print continuously since 1978, this ever-popular book has proven itself the simplest and least expensive introduction to America's first art form. If you want to try scrimshaw or just want to know how it's done, this is the book for you!
How to Scrimshaw and Carve Ivory
by Blackie and Michael Collins
Softcover, 48 pp.