Roberta compact man with a gentle manner and fiery desire to talk about his workis one of two marine artists to thrice win the Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award, the top honor given each year at the Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition. And one of Robert’s winning creations, a depiction of the U.S.S. Constitution, earned him a world-record $40,000, the highest price ever paid for contemporary scrimshaw. In the beginning, his pieces sold for just $100 a pop, but with the Mystic International Gallery already representing him, he felt bold enough to make the leap to full-time scrimshaw artist. Gail [Hamasu, his wife] supported us, but during that time more galleries began selling my work,” he says. , That he’s found success in this field isn’t a total surprise. Small living room furniture ideas From Worcester, Massachusetts, Robert summered at Robert’s art depends on a nonrenewable resourceivory. But he follows to the letter all laws about working with it.