NE Oregon Arts

The Art of Scrimshaw

A Gathering Place for the Arts in Wallowa County

The Art of Scrimshaw

Saturday, January 18 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Instructor: Terri Rice



Scrimshaw is an engraving art that originated in the early 1800’s.  Originally the material used for scrimshaw was whalebone and whale teeth.  (However, we will be using man-made material)  It was created out of the sheer boredom of endless hours spent on whaling ships waiting for that elusive whale to appear.  As a result, scrimshaw is mostly nautical themed and fairy intricate.

Terri Rice grew up in New England where all things colonial were esteemed.  Fairs on the commons brought all sorts of crafters- wool spinners, smiths, and even scrimshanders.  When she was a teen, she was gifted lessons from a well known scrimshander where she learned the art.

“I think it’s important to teach skills that were taught long ago so that we not only remember the art but also maintain the ability to create it.”

Pre-registration is required 9 days before start of class.

All materials provided.  No experience necessary.


Unlimited available
The Art of Scrimshaw$40.00