Scrimshaw is an engraving on ivory, bone, or man-made materials. The engraving is then "inked" to increase visibility. Although many link scrimshaw to whalers of the 1800s, examples date back as far as 200 AD. The style is different but the process is the same. The early schrimshaw was not fine art but may certainly be collectable. In the 1970s a style known as the "Bellingham School" of scrimshaw established a more fine art appearance. Subject matter broadened and color added. Today some scrimshanders produce scrimshaw that is almost photographic quality.
Please look at some of my pieces available for purchase and feel free to contact me for special projects. All my work is done on legal elephant ivory( ivory in the US prior to ban), mammoth ivory or bone. I send an "Affidavit Of Origin" with all items. I take great care in purchasing raw materials to ensure that all my materials meet state and federal laws.