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Scrimshaw was the folk art of the sea. Sailors whiled away the time on long voyages scratching designs into whale's teen, walrus tusks and the bones of marine animals. Although it is one of man's earliest art forms with scratched bone and ivory being found in prehistoric sites and in most succeeding historic periods and cultures, the term scrimshaw is associated with whaling fleets in the early part of the last century. At this time hundreds of chips were hunting the giants of the deep across the world's oceans from the Artic to the South Pacific. The sailors lived hard and dangerous lives spending many months, even years away from home, their scrimshaw illustrates whale hunts, favorite captains, the places they visited and sometimes sweethearts and even copies of pictures from books and mythological figures.