Scrimshaw Design

Harrison, Maine · 5015 Sales


Scrimshaw Design

Harrison, Maine 5015 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars

lindalayden is taking a short break


Note from shop owner I am taking a short break due to moving. I hope to be back up again in early August. Thank you for your interest in my scrimshaw,

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 16, 2017

I am taking a short break due to moving. I hope to be back up again in early August. Thank you for your interest in my scrimshaw,

Linda Layden

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Linda Layden


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

nprowe on Jul 11, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I've ordered a couple of custom scrimshawed knives from Linda as gifts for my daughters, and I'm just amazed by her artistry. Both times, the items arrived within a week of ordering them, and both times her work exceeded my expectations (and I'm pretty picky). These knives will be family heirlooms. Thank you, Linda!!


jfones49 on May 3, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Was hoping was made in America but it's was worth it still made by colt holds a good edge art work is impeccable

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Scrimshaw History

For many years I lived in Southeastern Massachusetts and was influenced by the nearby whaling port of New Bedford with the history that filled the area. Scrimshaw was practiced by American whale men of the early 1800s who sailed out of that harbor. They spent their idle hours on long, monotonous whaling voyages etching or carving ivory or bone and handed this art form down to contemporary artists like me who are pleased to continue creating Scrimshaw in the traditional manner.

Sooner or later I had to try my hand at this craft and I have been creating scrimshaw designs as a full time profession for over 40 years. My pieces can be found in private collections, fine gift shops, catalogs and galleries throughout the world. They are all made by hand, one at a time, on various materials - both natural and man-made. I enjoy using a variety of materials in my work, bovine bone, horn, antler and man-made corian. This is the ancient art of the mariner from whaling days gone by, carried on today with modern materials to become the heirlooms of tomorrow.

I am a self-taught artist who began by painting with oils and watercolors, taking classes and workshops from talented artists whenever I could. Scrimshaw became my primary art form as I gained respect for the history that it portrays and for the early artists themselves and the hardships they endured in their long journeys.

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  • Linda Layden

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    I have long had interest in the story that scrimshaw portrays and I am enthusiastic each time I begin a new piece, appreciating the beauty of the materials as I etch each new design, getting lost in the lines that evolve into portrayals of history.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 15, 2016
Thank you for visiting my shop. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. I am always happy to communicate with you and answer your questions.

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I accept Etsy direct checkout, Etsy gift cards, Paypal, money orders and personal checks from US banks. Your item will be promptly shipped as soon as your check or money order clears. Paypal and Etsy direct checkout purchases on standard stock will be shipped within 1 - 3 business days.
Domestic Shipping:

I ship via US Postal Service, first class mail with delivery confirmation. If you would like insurance, please let me know and it will be added with the additional fee payable by the customer.

Priority Mail or Priority Express Mail can also be arranged in the same manner.

International Shipping:

I ship items by USPS First Class International Mail upon receipt of full payment for the order. The customs form will contain a full description of the item, so be sure that your country will accept the merchandise.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. Just contact me within 7 days and I will accept items for exchange or refund of the original cost of the item (shipping not included) as long as they are returned in their original, undamaged condition.

Please contact me first, then ship them with delivery confirmation. I cannot be responsible for items lost in transit back to me.

Pieces customized with names or personal designs are not refundable. I will send pictures of customized items to you before I ship, so that you can see them before you pay for your purchase.