Bellingham Scrimshaw

            SCRIMSHAW ART by Matt Stothart


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Throughout the Pacific, and also in Nantucket, and new Bedford, and Sag Harbor, you will come across lively sketches of whales and whaling-scenes, graven by the fishermen themselves on Sperm Whale-teeth, or ladies' busks wrought out of the Right Whale-bone, and other like skrimshander articles, as the whale-men call the numerous little ingenious contrivances they elaborately carve out of the rough material, in their hours of ocean leisure.

Herman Melville in Moby Dick



Though I am a landlubber and I come to scrimshaw as an artist rather than one of Melville's "white savage sailor-men",  I have been dedicated to this "wonderful patience of industry'  for the past twenty-five years.  This Web site is primarily  a catalogue of my work and  I plan to continually update and add images.  I hope you enjoy viewing the galleries and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you have.    

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