Scrimshaw from Scratch

October 14 - October 15, 2023

Scrimshaw from Scratch


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $375
Material Fee: $55

Come learn the maritime art of scrimshaw from start to finish. Explore the origins of the craft and its context within American history, then learn to engrave into a bone-handled pocket knife or pendant of your own design. Techniques will include preparing the surface for etching, developing a design to fit the space, engraving lines with a scribe, and sealing the finished surface. This class is suitable for the complete beginner or beyond. No artistic experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Anna Landewe

Anna Landewe is a lifelong artist with a passion for historical arts and crafts. She has practiced traditional scrimshaw for over a decade as a resident keeper of one of the Hudson River’s oldest lighthouses.

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