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One of a kind ,hand carved,freehand scrimshaw, on ten thousand year old mammoth tusk,1.25 inches wide by 2.25 inches high wearable jewelry. see my journal entry on scrimshaw technique to gain a better understanding of how multi-color scrimshaw is done.


  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! amazing captue!!

  • thanks cherylc1,this is a photo of a piece of scrimshaw that I free handed on a piece of ten thousand yr old mammoth tusk, thanks for your kind comments.

    – tom burke

  • Margaret Harris
    Margaret Harrisover 5 years ago
    Hi Tom…I really like your work..very impressive…so how long does it take you to do a piece like this….how did you come across a tusk that old?…It’s all hand painted…is a glaze that you would fire on or what?…Just interested in your work….How much would a piece like this cost?
  • Margaret, it took me about four weeks to hand carve it from a three foot tusk that I got from a dealer in washington state,It was 90% useable.I use Higgins fade proof Ink and I scrimshaw the polished Ivory and the ink sinks in permanently. No fire is used but I do seal it with about ten coats on each side. this is my favorite piece but some thing similar would run from 500 dollars and up. thanks for your kind comments.

    – tom burke

  • Pamela Bates
    Pamela Batesover 5 years ago

    These are reallllllly beautiful Tom! I hope you display them at Celtic/Renaissance fairs, etc.

  • tom burke
    tom burkeover 5 years ago

    thanks pamela, I just stared doing this full time about three months ago, I retired from the police dept In 1989, and sterted a sucessful investigating and executive protection company in LA . I sold it 2003 and could never keep anything long enough to take it to a fair.This year I hope to make an extra 20 to 30 pieces and jury for some fairs in california in 2010.

  • Druidstorm
    Druidstormover 5 years ago

    Tom your craft is divine friend! Beauty is detail and here beauty lives! BRAVO!!!…)o(

  • tom burke
    tom burkeover 5 years ago

    thanks ,druidstorm your comments keep me going.

    BLYTHARTover 5 years ago

    This is proof of your talent and infinite patience.

  • tom burke
    tom burkeover 5 years ago

    thanks for your kind comments

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 5 years ago

    Wow! you are a Master craftsman sweetheART ;}x happy hippy hugglez

  • tom burke
    tom burkeover 5 years ago

    thanks for taking the time,truly keeps me going ,when some one with your talent makes a comment. tom

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