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About Craftmasters of Nantucket

An Extraordinary Stop on Your Nantucket Visit

Adorned with the image of a leather punch, the carved wooden sign outside the door leaves no ambiguity about the nature of this shop. As you walk in, the first thing you notice is the rich, musky smell of cowhide. Then, your eyes fixate on illuminated display cases featuring curiously intricate, nautical-themed items, belt buckles, cuff links, money clips, and more. You've arrived at Craftmasters of Nantucket.

Craftmasters is one of the oldest shops on the island, featuring one-of-a-kind scrimshaw created by owner and resident David Masters. Using premium prehistoric Wooly Mammoth ivory and oil-based paints, Masters creates timeless, heirloom-quality pieces that make fine collectibles as well as distinctive gifts. Beyond a unique selection of scrimshaw gifts and accessories, Craftmasters offers:

  • Leather specialty goods (coats, bags, wallets, belts, planners)
  • Men's footwear
  • Sterling silver and 14K gold jewelry
  • Collectibles by American artisans
  • Exquisite hand-blown glass

Craftmasters of Nantucket - Schrimshaw Artist David Masters

A True Master Scrimshander

Although David Masters always dabbled in art, he found his true calling in 1973 after trying his hand at leather etching and engraving. David loved the blend of precision and creativity, and soon made a natural segue into scrimshaw. He opened Craftmasters in 1976 to share his artistry and vision with the world.

The attention to detail and passion inherent in David's earliest pieces are still evident today. As a longtime Nantucket resident, he draws inspiration from all around him - the sea, nature, and books. Each scrimshaw piece is painstakingly handcrafted by David on site, and many items are hand-painted by his wife, Cielo. He is the only scrimshander on the island to infuse color into his work, using an 1800s-era technique of rubbing oil paints into the etched design.

In addition to original scrimshaw gifts and accessories, David is available for commissioned pieces. Call us today at (508) 228-0322.

Craftmasters of Nantucket

The finest scrimshaw gifts and nautical accessories
All of our scrimshaw pieces are handmade by David Masters, an artisan and year round resident of Nantucket, MA. The sea is in Dave’s blood and it comes out in the award winning pieces that are now availabe for sale through our site!

Visit our shop in beautiful Nantucket, MA!




7 India Street
Nantucket, MA 02554
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