More Cedar Scrimshaw Commissions


I’ve been catching up on more cedar scrimshaw commissions over the last few weeks.

The piece above is a cardinal one of my neighbors wanted. She didn’t want any flowers, but agreed to allow for a tree branch… This particular piece, as with the last few bird inspired scrimshaws, has no etching, nor does it have any inked lines at all. This seems to make these particular pieces appear more realistic.

I also got a Grateful Dead, Steal Your Face piece done for another client, and this one is totally engraved. He still has to decide if he wants any color, or if he wants to keep it simply line art.


And then I did this one for a very special person…


This one does have some lines inked, but only in the darker areas, and there is no engraving, save the signature on the back. It’s my favorite hummingbird to date.

Then, I had another good friend who needed a cedar board and help with finishing it. He had a cast iron replica of an old car passed down to him by his grandfather. So we cut a piece to size, belt-sanded the rough cut lines and then mounted the car. This was a fun little project and I was honored to help preserve and display the piece.




So the new mill is getting worked out and I’ll have more project updates soon!


More Cedar Scrimshaws…

I’ve had a few commissions and gifts to make recently. The cedar scrimshaws are still selling well, and I have more commissions ready to start for 2017!

First I had a client that wanted a dolphin. I’d never done one but I enjoyed the process.


Then a few gifts for family members.


The Magnolias were popular…



And a few more star sign pieces…



As usual the lines are all engraved after being drawn (except for the dolphin). But all the lines including artwork, script and signature are. I used water colors, pastels, color pencils and ink on these.

Some are harder to let go than others, whether gifts or commissions.

Love em!





Photos of Late..


I’ve got a rain here in Cary today today, so I’m working on woodworking projects, but I decided to share a few pics I’ve taken lately. The Sagittarius piece is the companion piece for my Stepfather, the Scorpio was a birthday gift for my fellow Scorpio Mom.


I got out Saturday afternoon for a Surf n’ Turf attempt. However the fish weren’t biting, and the deer are still pretty darn scarce in my neck of the woods around Jordan Lake at least. EHD is still hampering numbers badly. But it was a beautiful day and evening nonetheless.


This is a spot on the lower half of Gaston Lake. I’ve always thought the chain was really cool so I took a pic.

Below are just some random shots I thought were kind of neat. Sort of work-in-progress pics.

And the mill in progress…


Lions & Dragons

Lions & Dragons

My Lions & Dragons piece is finished.

Of course there is symbolism in this piece, so I will explain.

The small lion in the foreground is standing alone, on a rock cliff facing the dragon. This lion represents he or she who would dare to stand against corruption. The dragon represents corruption or evil.

The large lion in the background, hidden from the dragon, represents society, paused and ready to back the brave lions play.

Lions & Dragons. It’s a fairy tale.


I wrapped the wing around the right side and when you walk by the piece it looks as if the wing is flexing. Creepy!


A Turtle & Maritime Battle…

More Cedar Scrimshaw pieces…

Maritime Dispute 

I happen to have Isaac Brumaghim, from the reality show Pacific Warriors, on my Facebook List and saw a really cool pic he took of a sea turtle a while back. I asked him if it would be ok for me to use the pic as a reference photo for some of my pieces and he agreed. So this is my first sea turtle.

Sea Turtle
Photo by: Issac Brumaghim

More Cedar Scrimshaw Pieces

Artwork: Tom Sullivan – 2 Lions

I’ve been trying to figure out what to call these mixed media creations.

On more than one occasion friends and customers have remarked they look like a form of scrimshaw. So perhaps I’ll go with cedar scrimshaw for a while. Here is another new piece.

This one, along with the ‘Stripers Feeding’ piece I did a few weeks ago are headed to New Elements Gallery in Wilmington tomorrow with a new representative.

Escaping the Whirlpool


This is the first time I’ve wrapped the design around the wood. It was challenging, but I like how it turned out.