Brian J. Kiracofe is the youngest of four brothers born in Gratis, Ohio, and had planned a business career after college. In 1981 he graduated from Lake Superior State College, Michigan, to find that a hobby taught to him by his eldest brother, Daniel, had turned int o a full-time profession.
Daniel had been introduced to scrimshaw and interested the entire family in the art. By 1977, Daniel opened Boston Scrimshanders in Faneuil Hall, stocking jewelry and collectibles created by the family. Brother Gary, in 1979, launched the Island Scrimshanders. All the brothers, including Greg, a practicing optometrist, who scrimshaws in his spare time, use the three stores as outlets for their work. To round off the complete family involvement—their father, Albert, assembles do-it-yourself scrimshanders’ kits for sale in the stores.
Brian opened his first store in Baltimore’s famed Harborplace in 1982 and in April of 1986, he then relocated his business to Newport, Rhode Island, opening his store as the Newport Scrimshanders. As Brian uses his store as his workshop he is able to personalize pieces at very short notice, and is adept at copying from photographs for custom orders.
Determined to keep alive the century’s old art of scrimshaw, Brian has made local appearances as well as demonstrations of his skill at his permanent location on Bowen’s Wharf.
We've mailed the
August 2019 issue of Early American Life, which includes the 2019 Directory of Traditional American Crafts, to all of our current subscribers. The postal service advises you should allow up to three weeks for delivery,
so subscribers should have their copies of our new August issue by the beginning of July.
All new web subscriptions will start with the August 2019 issue. Call us at 440-543-8566 if you have other subscription requirements.
Early American Homes
For Sale in Kentucky
Four-bedroom, two-bath Antebellum-style home. 3000 sq. ft. on 5 acres with many rock walls, Completely restored. Central HVAC, hardwood floors, large rooms.. $197,500.