• Fact 1: Scrimshaw date back to mid-1600s and were most often made from sperm whale teeth.
  • Fact 2: Other scrimshaw materials included walrus tusks, whale bones, and elephant tusks.
  • Fact 3: A person who makes scrimshaw is known as a "scrimshander".
  • Fact 4: Because whaling was so dangerous, the sailors could not work at night. The seamen turned to creating scrimshaw to pass this extra time.
  • Fact 5: Dry scrimshaw can be cared for by filling the center of the whale's tooth with baby oil, which will then be absorbed by the microscopic pores in the ivory.

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