Scrimshaw 101

18 Johnny Cake Hilll
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Sep 09, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


One of the world’s foremost authorities on scrimshaw will lead a seminar about the indigenous shipboard art of 19th -century whalemen at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm.  Stuart M. Frank, Ph.D., Senior Curator Emeritus of the Whaling Museum, will be joined by the faculty of the Scrimshaw Forensics® team for Scrimshaw 101. Seasoned hands and newcomers to the world of scrimshaw are welcome.

At the day-long seminar you will explore scrimshaw’s distinguishing characteristics, including the technical background on whaling methods, whaling lore, ship-rigs and whaleboat crews. You will learn about pictorial works (boxes, canes, swifts, and other built works), about how to authenticate, restore, and care for scrimshaw, and you’ll get the most up-to-date report of the scrimshaw market. Handouts, bibliographies and reference materials will be provided.

Registration is required for Scrimshaw 101. Cost to attend is $25 for Whaling Museum members; $35 for non-members. Register is required. Register online or call 508-997-0046 ext. 100.