taxidermy photo

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Rawhide strap. If you find that the fur you are tanning has significant slip, you don’t need to throw it out, there are several options. Leather, vellum, rawhide, and hide glue are all possible, but rawhide requires the least processing.

I usually brain tan all of my hides without a pickling step, but I decided to give citric acid pickling a shot for this invasive eastern grey squirrel. Unfortunately, the method I used resulted in 100% fur slip! I neutralized the acid with a baking soda bath, rinsed the hide, rubbed all of the hair off, scraped it, and then dried it on a board for several days to get the rawhide pictured in the first image.

Rawhide strap is made by cutting a circle or oval out of your original piece and then cutting a spiral of strap out of it. Near the center, the turns will begin to become so tight that they will compromise the structural integrity of the strap, and you’ll need to stop. The scrap can be used for small crafts or boiled down into hide glue.

What do you do with rawhide strap? It is an unusual material, in that you work with it wet, and then it shrinks and tightens as it dries, locking itself into place. Traditionally, it was used to make all sorts of things, from slings to bowstrings to whips to horse gear, to decorative braided items.

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Pictures I took in the London Natural History Museum. Love that place, man. So many skeletons and great taxidermy specimens (though some of them could really use some airbrushing). I especially loved their thylacine, since thylacines are my favourite animals. And they had tons of deer, which I can always appreciate. 

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Anybody know what kind of boar this guy is? I got him at a yard sale in Slade, Ky and I have no clue! I asked someone else and they suggested that maybe he was Russian or a razor back… regardless, this guy is humongous. Not too much fur since it’s a bad/old mount, but he does have a thick stripe down his back…

anonymous asked:

Hello! I hope I'm not bothering you, but i was wondering if you knew what species of deer was in the taxidermy pic you just posted. I've never seen antlers like that before.

I’m thinking it might be a chital (aka axis deer, originally from India), but that’s just a guess. They seem to have the same elongated antlers, similar facial proportions, white throat patch and spots. The individual in the taxidermy photo has strikingly vertical and sparsely forked antlers though.