In the 1800s, scrimshanders hand-etched images of ships and other nautical entities into unused whale bones. They had access to plenty of bones as they were whalers at sea. Sometimes weeks or months would pass without a whale sighting, and sailors took to creating beautiful works of art in their spare time with scrimshaw.
Maui scrimshander Ray Peters keeps this American art form alive and often works on warthog tusks. This tusk features a detailed image of a whaling ship at full sail on the open sea with a whale tail in the foreground. The tusk measures with a hand-turned, exotic lacewood stand that features a slice of warthog tusk accent piece.
Reference code: SCWHRP17