11) Biggest mistake you made while cleaning something?
Haha, oh where to begin? I’ve electrocuted myself with bucket heaters, sliced off part of my knuckle while gutting a possum, stabbed myself in the palm while cutting eyeballs out of a wolf skull, splashed maceration soup in my mouth and eyes, and so on.
I guess the biggest mistake I made was the time I decided to use a new four-wheeler to transport some stinky buckets of macerating skulls away from the house and out to the wooded area nearby where I clean the really rank stuff in preparation for some company coming over.
I was still getting the hang of driving my new toy and being that I am really an overgrown kid I was was going faster than I really should have been. A lot faster than I should have been.
There were several buckets on the back end of the four-wheeler containing two wolf skulls, probably ten or so fox and coyote skulls, and a lynx skull. May have been some others too, I don’t remember. Anyway, there I was, with this extremely smelly cargo, driving way too fast, when I hit a bump. A pretty big bump and I hit it pretty hard. Hard enough that all of the buckets went flying. It was a truly horrifying scene. Just this airborne wave of maceration soup and skulls spinning through the air with jellied eyeballs and lolling, rotten tongues.
This all happened in slow motion but I did have enough sense of self-preservation to gun it to get out from under the quickly descending wave of gore and offal before it came down on me. In the end, only the back end of the four-wheeler and one of my pant legs got caught in the deluge. The skulls and buckets all crashed down in the driveway and sent loose teeth and rotten meat flying all over the place.
Oh and this all happened on a day when I was having a yard sale. It was late in the afternoon and I’d figured everyone was done coming by but sure enough, as soon as I got off the four-wheeler to survey the damage a car load of people pulled in. That was certainly awkward.
shoplarkabout said: D: D: D: at the waterfall of maggots
Here’s a picture of it. I took a video too but I’m not sure where that file is. So icky!
bluereverie said: This was like reading a good short story. Thanks for sharing with us!
westernbullet said: ah super interesting to hear about these finds!
Thank you both! I really appreciate that. :)
10) Weirdest find?
I’ve come across some real doozies in the past. And some of them have had such powerfully wrong vibes about them that they stayed where I found them.
Most of you guys have probably heard me talk about some of these before but I’ll go ahead and ramble about them all again.
Anonymous asked: I LOVE your blog! Do you follow others like your own? If you do could you recommend some of your favorites to follow? Your collection is so incredibly fascinating I'm in love
Hey thank you so much! I can’t tell you guys how much it means to me to hear that you enjoy my blog! So awesome. :)
There are a bunch of awesome folks that collect/make art with/and post about dead stuff here on Tumblr. Definitely check out the “vulture culture” tags for some rad stuff.
I’m working on a more comprehensive list of awesome dead stuff blogs to follow that I’ll post later for one of the 31 Days of Vulture Culture. But I’ll tell you what, you definitely can’t go wrong following forestferncreations, deadshitandme, naturepunk, bluereverie, shoplarkabout, thefancywalrus, wolftea, watserbones, billibones, julias-collection, somedeadthings, bonecleaning, xxbonegirl11xx, kaseidermy, knuxtiger4, roadkillandcrows, roadbones, eagerbones, texasnaturemade, simplyskeletal, boneyadventures, bone-lust, bones-and-things, mydeadthingsdiary, hidescavengehide, thebrainscoop, lifebender, prettydeadstuff, bonesetcetera, urbanmongoose, skelelegs, thegreenwolf, ostealjewelry, parliamentrook, zooophagous, bonemagick, are-you-dead-or-are-you-sleeping, aranea-designs, feralfoxbones , endoskeletons-n-ivory, littlestwarrior, creatureundertaker, skullandbone, skullgarden and oh God there are so many others I know I’m forgetting and I don’t mean to but I’m sleepy. D:
Anonymous asked: On your Shed of the Dead, what kind of bone is that on the bottom right side?
It’s a big old cow pelvis. :)
9) Where is your collection housed? Where do you clean your bones?
My collection is mostly in my bedroom (the wall of skulls) but it’s really strowed all over the house. On shelves, on the floor, in drawers, in closets, on desks, here, there, and everywhere.
I’ve got a couple different areas outside where I clean. One near the house for not so stinky stuff and then another out in the woods for nature-cleaning the really rank carcasses.
And then of course there’s the Shed of the Dead.
Anonymous asked: Your collection is so rad I'm gonna cry. I'm planning on starting one soon too, but I have NO IDEA what animals to start with. Got any suggestions? I was thinking maybe canines like foxes and coyotes and working my way around from there.
Hey thank you so much, Anon! Major congrats on starting your own collection!
Oh man, well it just depends on which ones ‘speak’ to you the most. If you like canids then definitely start with them! There’s a ton of them, that’s for sure! Coyotes, wolves, jackals, a bazillion different kinds of foxes, and then of course domestic dogs! They are some of my favorites because they come in such a variety of shapes and sizes. There’s brachycephalic breeds like bulldogs with short, wide skulls, mesaticephalic breeds with more standard head shapes like retrievers, and the dolichocephalic breeds with long, thin heads like collies and greyhounds. Some breeds like chihuahuas and pugs have freaky, alien-like skulls.
But it’s your collection so just have fun with it! One of the neat things about skulls is that no two are alike. Some have slight variations in shape and size and others have pathologies like healed injuries, bone disease, or missing/deformed teeth. So you could have an entire collection of just coyote or fox skulls and they could all be different.
Good luck and happy collecting!