Holding the Ivory

Holding the ivory properly so it can’t move is an important tip for saving time when doing Scrimshaw.

For years I used leather bags filled with small hard beans. I had two different sizes of bag and a block of wood wrapped in cloth. About a year ago (2014) I bought an Engravers Block online from China for about $200.00AU. This made a huge difference because I could hold the ivory firmly and rotate the Scrimshaw in any direction to get the right lighting angle.

Methods of Holding Ivory

Leather Bean Bags (left), Engravers Block (right) for Holding the Ivory When Scrimshawing.