(redirected from scrimshanders)


One who carves scrimshaw.

[Origin unknown.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(Other Non-sporting Hobbies) another name for scrimshaw
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
The earliest known example of this work comes to us from 1817 and is attributed to Edward Burdett, who today, is considered one of the finest, 'scrimshanders,' but most would agree that the greatest of all time is Nathaniel Sylvester Finney.
That may have been done because at the time no one knew what a scrimshander was.
At the larger gatherings there will usually be blacksmiths, weavers, soap-makers, scrimshanders, old-timey food merchants, potters, clothing suppliers, carvers, woodworkers, honey and beeswax merchants, knife makers, gunsmiths, hunters, trappers, suppliers of natural furs and fabrics, knitters, yarn merchants, leather workers and others that I am sure I have neglected.