The practice of scrimshaw began on whaling ships when the crew members were out at sea for unbearably long periods of time. They would engrave onto the whale’s teeth to pass the time. Our owner and resident artist, Brian Kiracofe, uses his scrimshaw skills to create the beautiful designs on our tie bars, along with many other pieces. Brian etches each design by hand into the ivory of the tie bar and then uses ink to complete the design. And the ivory on these tie bars is actually a repurposed ivory piano key! As a reference to the origin of scrimshaw, Brian’s art features many nautical designs, but he can recreate almost any design you can think of! Choose from our many designs to hold your tie in place with style. Each tie bar is about 2″ long and set in brass.