Tuesday, January 08, 2008

More on Scrimshaw

For a time, I tried to do scrimshaw. I wasn't very good at it. But the guy mentioned in the previous post, Bob Hergert, was, and is.

My attempt to get our Sera logo is on a piece of artificial ivory, about 5"x 7". Nothing to write home about. Hergert's version, which requires a jeweler's loup to truly appreciate, was done on an oval an inch and a half across. Bob works under a stereoscopic microscope. He's done portraits that looked like photographs on ivory bits the size of a dime.

My camera doesn't give near the full detail, it washes the image out, but under ten-power magnification, you can see every one of the bird's feathers; under twenty-power, you can see the cougar's whiskers ...

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