“The images depicted by this artist are more linear and geometric than the other scrimshaw artists.”

“Exceptionally executed work.”

“The pieces have a strong aesthetic. Sometimes bordering on the non-traditional.”

– Comments from the judges at Early American Life Magazine

Welcome to Historic Newport, RI

The tradition of scrimshaw began over a century ago with American whaleman. During long sea voyages, whalers devoted their idle hours to fashioning jewelry and articles from whale bone and whale teeth (ivory). This became known as scrimshaw.
The art of scrimshaw is still practiced today at Newport Scrimshanders in Newport, RI. Owner/Artist Brian J. Kiracofe established Newport Scrimshanders in 1986. He has been engraving nautical scenes on ancient walrus, prehistoric mammoth and recycled piano key ivory for over 25 years, visit He specializes in Newport scenes and custom designs.The store also carries a selection of Nantucket baskets and ivory antiques.
 Visit Newport Scrimshanders year-round on the waterfront in historic Newport, RI on Bowen’s Wharf.


14 Bowens Wharf
Newport, RI 02840

(800) 635-5234
(401) 849-5680

Brian J. Kiracofe, Owner/Artist

Store Hours

Summer: 10am – 10pm
Fall: 10am – 8pm
Winter: 10am – 5:30pm (Sunday)  11am – 5pm
Spring: 10am – 6pm

*Flexible – We are a small business*


Learn the art of Scrimshaw from a 36 year master!

Brian Kiracofe is a scrimshaw artist in Newport, Rhode Island. Scrimshaw is the art of engraving on ivory or bone started by the American whalers on board ships while hunting for whales as early as the 18th century. If you are interested in learning how to scrimshaw for yourself then check out the details below!
Click the link: or call 401-855-5477 to scheduled a class.