Monthly Archives: August 2012
Historically, artisan whalers called scrimshanders, engraved images into the discarded teeth or bones of the whales they harvested. While modern sentiment maintains that whaling is a crude and antiquated practice, the art that they created remains a lasting testament to the beauty of these ocean bound behemoths and the lives of the men who whittled away their days on the sea.
While the Endangered Species Act of 1973 has made it is illegal to purchase whale teeth or bones, modern artisans have turned their hand to faux ivory made from epoxies and resins. Tooth blanks are available online if you feel your inner sailor needs an outlet.
These photos were taken in Wisconsin by pioneer photographer H. H. Bennett as he accompanied the Arpin rafting operation in 1886.
The Archival Rucksack is made in Springfield, Oregon, USA, from 22-ounce waxed cotton twill, brass hardware, military-spec cotton webbing, and Horween Chromexcel leather. Simple and handsome. Available from Archival Clothing.
03552A Grand Canyon National Park Touring
STRING OF FRED HARVEY TOURING CARS ON THE EL TOVAR HILL. PUBLIC GARAGE BEHIND. CIRCA 1921. FRED HARVEY CO. Historic photo from Grand Canyon National Park’s Museum Collection, P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
1921 traffic jam in Grand Canyon Village. By 1926 more Americans came to the Canyon by auto than train.