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 (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.