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Scrimshaw is derived from the practice of sailors on whaling ships creating common tools, where the byproducts of whales were readily available. The term originally referred to the making of these tools, only later referring to works of art created by whalers in their spare time. Whale bone was ideally suited for the task, as it is easy to work and was plentiful.
. Use of shed deer antler for scrimshaw has lead to a revival of this American art form.
Originally posted by Myendica
Heres a Sketch of what I see, or atleast have once seen. It is hard looking at this stone. The colors play tricks and what you see slightly changes with light and angle.
Originally posted by davespanners
Thats a really cool find.
Have you tried looking at it under a really bright light?
I have some one kilowatt photography lamps and you would be amazed at the extra detail that you can see when you use them, or maybe you could try pressing it into some modeling clay or plasticine to see extra details.
As a side note, I had kind of a similar experience to this.
Once when I was snorkeling in Greece, I found a little velvet bag about 15 feet down, on returning to the shore I opened it up and found a golden crucifix inside, needless to say I was really excited, that was until the Greek guy that I was swimming with pointed out that the cross was actually made of gold colored plastic and you could buy the exact same thing at the tourist shop near the beach I was pretty embarrassed