The tradition of the
old sailors that the word comes from the
Dutch scrimshaw nautical slang and means
" wasting time ."
Considered by some as the only genuinely
original form of artistic expression in
the United States, began practicing by
sailors from whaling ships departing ,
especially in New England, on the east
coast . It was to fill the many empty
hours that entails such fishing ,
scraping with a knife or needle sewing
boat sails , whale teeth or , more
usually, walruses to set a pattern that
was subsequently revealed with soot, ink
or snuff juice . The reasons for the
drawings used to be nostalgic character
portraits of wives , or family back home
and also any type of marine animal or
sirens . His long cruises until at least
five years were filled whole engraved
ivory pieces then lead to his family as
a keepsake trunks .
The scrimshaw became popular in 1960
when John F. Kennedy announced his hobby
of collecting pieces recorded with this
They say Scrimshanders are persistent
character because I always find some
material that "scratch " despite bans
The purpose of making the drawings is
that they serve me as the sketch to make
scrimshaw engraving. This type of
engraving does not allow mistakes. If
any would happen, the entire piece of
ivory had to be re-sanded and polished.
The scrimshaw is a type of engraving
that involves making small notches on
the ivory in this case elkand
later disclose ink.
To do this kind of work, a lot of
patience is needed, in addition to the
I like to watch them, stop me in their
forms, folds, furrows, discover their
colors until they transform and combine just
after a few hours of work.
The ultimate goal of working on each of
the pieces is extolling the beauty,
nuances and capture a bit of the soul of
In all processes and materials that I
use for my creations I am respectful of
the environment and the species that
inhabit and enrich. I never use
materials of endangered species and I am
particularly rigorous with controls and
documentation with CITES of the material
I use of some species .
Customizing the pieces increases their
value on an emotional level.
It is a form of future investment.