The first time we try something new, we second guess every step and panic when we make a mistake. How do I fix that?! *scratching my head*.

I learned some materials are far more porous than others and this antler handle was VERY porous. When the blacking was applied it soaked in to the surrounding surface but it actually added to the allure of the piece. (Whew, dodged that bullet because that stuff does NOT come off!) The alligator is depicted in his natural surroundings with water and grass.

In the end I was proud of my first stab at scrimshaw. I love the way the material feels and produces clean lines. Scrimshaw is a detailed and fine art so I have lots to learn but am excited to see what I can do.

I confess I didn’t post this one right away as I was a bit nervous about whether the Dave Durr would like it or not. He did! Now that hurdle is jumped, I can share this with you. Thank you Dave for giving me a chance to try my hand on one of your stunning knives!

This piece is an Alligator on Deer Antler with Damask Steel Blade.

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