Fossil Ivory Scrimshaw
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Fossil Ivory Scrimshaw
At a large gem show awhile back I met the artist that makes these scrimshaw pieces. I don't normally offer things like this unless I find them to be nicely made, not made with new ivory and from the actual artist. Each piece is signed by the artist Dennis Sims.

Dennis Sims learned the art of scrimshaw from a Native Alaskan carver in 1976 and has won several juried Art Shows since then.  He works with both Ancient Walrus and Mammoth Ivory which is between 600 and 30,000 years old.  He uses modern laser as well as traditional techniques to produce his works of art.

Dennis has lived in Alaska since 1975.  He and his wife Michelle live in Houston, Alaska.

Scrimshaw is a delicate art; so to keep your piece beautiful for years to come here are a few simple rules to follow:
Never expose to excessive heat and keep out of direct sunlight when possible.

Dennis assures me he only uses genuine ancient fossil ivory. This ivory has been buried in the frozen tundra for thousands of years. Modern day Eskimo's dig the ancient ivory from the usually frozen earth in the two or three short months of summer. He buys the pieces they find to use in his scrimshaw and jewelry pieces. He said, "all of our ancient walrus ivory is legal, comes from private Native lands and meets all State and Federal regulations."
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Elk scene scrimshawed on fossil Walrus tusk

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Eskimo girl holding a puppy scrimshawed on a fossil Walrus tooth.

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Eskimo girl scrimshawed on a fossil Walrus tooth.

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Pup seal scrimshawed on a fossil Mammoth tusk.

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