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Book details
  • Genre:ART
  • SubGenre:American / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:206
  • Paperback ISBN:9798350933475

The Last Scrimshander

by Marvin M. Cohen

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This is a 50-year retrospective of the work of America's favorite scrimshander Marvin M. Cohen.


The book includes an extensive introduction which describes how Mr. Cohen's mindset and experiences as a physicist contributed to his becoming a master craftsman in ivory during his 50 year career as a scrimshaw artist. The book includes hundreds of color photos of to photos of Marvin M. Cohen's etching and carving designs done on whale's teeth and fossil ivories.

About the author
Marvin M. Cohen is the last scrimshander in whale ivory licensed by the U.S. Department of Commerce. He uses no contemporary ivories, instead, he makes use of non-species-threatening fossil walrus, fossil mammoth, mastodon, and fossil oosik ivories to hand etch scenes that range from nautical to fantasy. His jewelry designs are reflective of the Arctic and sub-Arctic environments, as well as Native Arctic people's spiritual beliefs.