Fantastic Inlay Art

An example of the elegant inlay art of Craig Lavin

The maritime tradition has centered on craftsmanship and a strong work ethic.  Shoddy work and poor performance at sea can affect a whole crew.  Equally maritime art has encompassed a rich aesthetic with an attention toward functional intricacy and astounding craftsmanship.  Craig Lavin is an inlay artist whose work beautifully encompasses this tradition.  Head over to his website and explore his galleries of work.  Make sure you especially note the two marine galleries.  Also make sure to click the artist link which has two video’s of Craig discussing why he inlays by hand and how inlay is done.

h/t @DrChrisKellogg

Dr. M (1720 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.