February 11, 1989 |
"Even a klutz can do it," says Howell Thomas--which seems unlikely, but there you are. On the heel of Thomas' steady hand is a bottle less than 3 inches long; inside the bottle is an exquisite, detailed scale model of a sailing ship, more than 2 inches long. The masts of the ship are easily three times higher than the neck of the bottle is wide, and therein lies a tall tale. It took Thomas 12 years to make his first ship-in-a-bottle.
April 20, 2003 |
Trying to complete the same Coolmore Lexington Stakes-Kentucky Derby parlay they did four years ago with Charismatic, owners Bob and Beverly Lewis and trainer Wayne Lukas got the first half home Saturday with Scrimshaw. Making his first start since finishing fourth in the Hutcheson Stakes two months earlier at Gulfstream Park, the 3-year-old Gulch colt earned himself a spot in the Derby in 13 days with a three-length victory in the $363,675 Lexington at Keeneland.
October 9, 1988 |
INEVITABLY, SCRIMSHAW calls to mind the whaling days of Nantucket and New Bedford and brings with it echoes of Melville's "Moby Dick." It is a term of American origin applied to craft work made aboard ship, usually a whaler, in a variety of materials, including marine ivory, baleen, even wood. The great years of American whaling were from the mid-1700s to the mid-1800s. There were interminable hours of boredom on the voyages that lasted as long as three or four years.
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May 19, 1985 |
The masthead lookout kept vigil for the spout of a whale, while the little wooden bark from New Bedford, its sails drawing well, rolled over the easy swells of the South Pacific. There was activity on board, but not of a kind that filled casks with oil. The men were busy scrimshawing, an activity that passed the time between long stretches at sea when there was no catching and trying out whales.
February 2, 1986 |
"The Jewish Heritage in American Folk Art," an exploration of a facet of folk creativity organized by the Museum of Folk Art and the Jewish Museum in New York, is on view at the Hebrew Union College's Skirball Museum through April 27. The exhibition consists of about ceremonial and secular objects from 1720 to the present. The earliest generations of Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jewish settlers, few in numbers, tended to assimilate their cultural patterns with those of the local population.
February 19, 1989 |
What the heck is folk art anyway, and why do we keep aggravating ourselves with the question? We don't go around wringing our hands and moaning, "What is folk music?" It's that stuff with the fiddles and banjos. Whatever folk art is, there is a wunnerful new exhibition of it that just opened at the County Museum of Art. Titled "An American Sampler," it lays out 120 signs, decoys, carousal critters and cigar-store Indians without surgeon-general warnings. Then there are quilts and scrimshaw.