Carson Sockpick Alaskan Scrimshaw
NATIVE ALASKAN WALRUS IVORY CARVINGS
Carson Sockpick is a well known scrimshaw artist, otherwise known as a scrimshander. Although Alaskan natives had been carving and etching ivory and bone for thousands of years,
it is commonly believed that the more formal scrimshaw work by Alaskans originated when New England whalers exchanged goods and scrimshaw expertise with coastal peoples sometime in the late 1800s.
While Carson Sockpick does not scrimshaw a wide array of images in his work, often portraying a Inupiat hunter, a female figure, or a walrus, he does create great variation in his scrimshaw through
his selection of walrus ivory and fossil mammoth ivory carving materials. Sockpick varies the color, size, and shape of his pieces, thereby insuring each of his pieces is unique.
Sockpick often scribess his figures over the center of the walrus tusk, taking advantage of the mottling to add depth and texture to his images.
Carson Sockpick Scrimshaw
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