Simon is an award-winning scrimshander whose great-grandfather
was a whaler out of New Bedford and a scrimshander as well.
While he still does an occasional authentic scrimshaw piece
on commission, he now focuses more on preserving and popularizing
the art of scrimshaw by using the finely etched look, and nautical
scenes, on more modern and affordable materials. These include
laminated paper bookmarks, resin ("reproduction scrimshaw")
bookmarks, cards, cloth bags, and t-shirts with scenes of ships,
whales, lighthouses and mermaids. His wife Patty joins him in
designing, printing, and silkscreening for their family business,
Scrimshaw Designs. They both enjoy creating and customizing
new designs in this traditional New England style, and are committed
to donating a portion of their profits to whale and lighthouse
and Patty are also musicians who play hammered dulcimer and
flute, respectively, both as a duo and in a four-piece band.
They play an eclectic variety of music, from classical to folk
to original pieces, in unique and fresh arrangements. They have
two CDs available for sale, with more to be released soon.