Maritime Author Series with Stuart M. Frank
Stuart M. Frank – Scrimshaw and Provenance
Stuart M. Frank, founder and director of the Scrimshaw Forensics Laboratory®, has recently published a new book on the occupational art of scrimshaw in the Age of Sail. The book presents 406 biographical sketches of the men and women who engraved, carved, decorated, and built things out of sperm whale teeth and other whaling products, walrus ivory, and skeletal bone during their off-hours. Their folk-art charmingly reflects on the interests, concerns, and artistic aspirations of mariners and their families on voyages to distant seas and exotic foreign lands.