Collectors distinguish quality work by its detail and complexity. The artist's mastery of proper
shading is critical to a quality piece of scrimshaw. Whether executed in full color or traditional
black and white, the best scrimshanders are masters in the unique way that scrimshaw is
shaded. Exquisite detail and complexity often result in a piece that has a near photorealistic
quality, much preferred by most collectors. The stippling technique is far more complex and
time consuming than the traditional and historically significant cross-hatching and scratching
methods, but it can also provide a picture-quality not obtainable using other techniques. Also,
many collectors prefer black and white, collectors do consider the material scrimshaw is
completed on. Faux ivory scrimshaw is not seriously collected. Most photo-transfer, cast,
mechanically, or mass-produced scrimshaw available to the public is done on faux ivory made
of plastics and polymers. While avoiding faux ivory, collectors also respect the restrictions on
modern ivory and generally avoid these materials unless they were legally obtained. Actually,
most collectors don't want a modern ivory piece anyway. They prefer the beauty and awe
inspiring thought of work done on a natural fossil ivory that can be 10,000 years old or older.
While in the ground, these ivories take on a natural beauty in subtle colors and hues from the
minerals that surrounded them, and a master scrimshander makes good use of incorporating
those hues into a quality piece of art.I use only a sharp needle in my work with no power tools involved .
About the Artist
My name is Paul Baker and I live and work in Alaska with my wonderful wife Barbara and our seven
children. I grew up in the woods and farms of Michigan and studied art in school. After graduating
from school I started working in Grand Rapids Mi at a advertising agency,like a foolish young
man I walked away from it for the adventure that the US army held. I stayed on active duty for just shy
of 10 years. I have been involved in archery from the time my Grandfather put a bow in my hand and
began mentoring me at the age of 3.Now many many years later still finds me shooting the same simple stick
and string long bows and recurves that bring me such joy. I work in the oil field as a equipment operator and I pastor a church in Dead Horse. At Wild River Custom Knives and Scrimshaw, we are focused on providing personal service with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.
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