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pins, resin and fake eyeballs

The road to the taxidermist's house was much scarier than anything in that basement. Even the walleye.

The taxidermist was very nice! See, you guys didn't need to worry ;-)

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Bird feet with pins
These are pheasant's feet. Animals who were recently assembled were pinned so that they'd dry in the correct shape.

animal eyes
The biggest eyes are for an elk. The smallest (black blown glass balls in a baggie just above the elk eyes) are for squirrel.

Squirrel form and turkey feet
The fake parts look creepier than the real parts sometimes. Here's a squirrel form (the skin would be fastened to it) and real turkey feet.

walleye in progress
Warmwater fish don't get to keep their own heads. Luckily this walleye can keep his own original head. Isn't he great? The finished fish are brightly painted and glossy as if they're still wet. He's still all chalky and unpainted, and you can see the resin holding his fake eyes in.

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egret17
Mar. 5th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
So, how did the brain picking go? Where are the pictures of that? I've been waiting! ;)
jordan_c_price
Mar. 5th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
I couldn't get away with it; his sister was there :D
andy_slayde
Mar. 5th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
So cool that you had the opportunity to pick his brain.
jordan_c_price
Mar. 5th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
There was a really convoluted story he told me about two neighbors who had dibs on different deer, and sort of did a hostage trade thing with the antlers...I didn't actually understand the whole thing but the gist of it was that each neighbor found a dead deer that the opposite neighbor thought he had at some point shot.

The painting and sculpting involved is really artistic.
andy_slayde
Mar. 5th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
It is an art.
ali_wilde
Mar. 6th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
It's vaguely disturbing. Were there any penguins?
jordan_c_price
Mar. 6th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Nary a penguin. (Wisconsin isn't quite that far North, ha ha).
neyronrose
Mar. 7th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
It sounds like it was all very informative. The books had pictures and explanations about pinning things in place, but it looks like you got a good up-close look. Are squirrels particularly popular animals for taxidermy, or are deer a really big part of the job? What kinds of game are common in the area?
rhambo1
Mar. 7th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
I think fishface would make a great book cover. Scary!!!
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