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The Art of Scrimshaw



While in Newport, learn the basics of a time-honored tradition at our coastal Downtown Mansion: The Art of Scrimshaw. Originally used by whale hunters in the 18th century to pass time, Scrimshaw is the process of engraving designs on ivory or bone. As many things can be made from scrimshaw - from figurines and cuff links to jewelry - it is an art that appeals to both children and adults. Join Local Scrimshaw Master Brian Kiracofe, owner of Newport Scrimshanders for over 40 years, for a workshop in The Snooker Room at The Vanderbilt to try your hand at this artform.

  • The 1-hour workshop will begin with a lesson on the history of scrimshaw and then you will be coached through stenciling and engraving your own piece
  • Throughout the class, enjoy a complimentary beverage as well as flavorful New England snacks while you work
  • $175 per guest, $100 for children. | Book up to 72-hours in advance
  • For groups of 2 - 10 guests | Also available for one guest for $350
  • Please speak with our Mansion Concierge to inquire about available times and to book, 401.846.6200

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