May 31. 2017  I had coffee with a friend, Matt Stothardt, again yesterday.  What a pleasure.  He is probably the only full time professional scrimshaw artist still working on the West Coast.

He has been doing it for 30+ years and has won many awards.  Very humble guy who achieves photorealism quality with a simple knife blade and ink.  Matt makes my work look primitive.  I particularly love his treatment of water — he is going to forward me an image of his current project —  a skipjack boat from Chesapeake Bay soon.  In the meantime here are two other recent works: