Lahaina Scrimshaw


Comfortably ensconced on a 15 acre farm located 12 miles from Mt. Baker, Washington, Chris Lehwalder spends his time engraving professionally and composing on his Steinway grand piano for fun.  Chris inherited his love of the arts from his mother, a thirty year veteran of the Seattle Symphony. Indeed, his entire family is gifted.  One of his sisters is a cellist in London, another is with the Joffrey Ballet and a third is a professional harpist in New York.  With a degree in history from the University of Washington and a six year apprenticeship with the now defunct Alaskan Silver and Ivory Company, Chris had paid his dues.  Long a proven master of scrimshaw on mammoth ivory, Chris has only recently changed to the more stable, though harder, fossil walrus ivory.  His inspired use of color, his daring sense of composition, tempered by a basic perfectionism, along with a very controlled output have made the works of Chris Lehwalder among the most sought after in all the world of scrimshaw.

Written by Cheryl Konrad — July 18, 2012


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