5) Favorite object in your collection?
My favorite specimens in my collection are skulls and since that’s another day’s prompt here’s some of my other faves (that weren’t pictured yesterday).
Old set of African lion jaw bones that I found for $3, drum fish mouth plates, a spiny soft shell turtle shell that I found in my creek, clearnose skate egg cases I found on the beach, and a mummified rat that a friend of mine found in a barn and gave to me for a graduation present. :)
4) What sort of collection do you have? is it mostly skulls? or do you have pelts, wet specimen, or taxidermy pieces?
My collection mainly consists of skulls and bones. They are my favorite thing to collect but I also have a variety of feathers, teeth, fossils, fur samples, and other odds and ends. Picture time!
The Wall of Skulls. It’s not super pretty but it’s sturdy as hell so I don’t have to worry about any of the shelves falling (which I’ve had happen with other units and that sucks so bad). There are almost 200 skulls here.
More skulls and loads of jars of fossils, teeth, mineral specimens, feathers, and so on.
A few of my favorite feathers. These are all legal to possess. Impeyan, Temminck’s tragopan, chukar, peacock pheasant, peacock, golden pheasant, Lady Amherst pheasant, oscellated turkey, turkey, silver pheasant, vulturine guinea fowl, Amazon parrot, and ringneck pheasant.
Little things in my letterpress coffee table!
Some of my favorite fossils. Sperm whale teeth, whale and porpoise ear bones, megalodon teeth (the biggest one is about five and a half inches long) alligator ribs, tapir teeth, dolphin teeth, ammonites, and so on.
1) How did you start collecting bones/doing taxidermy/liking dead stuff?
Growing up I spent a great deal of my free time out in the woods and fields around my home. Until I was six we lived on the family farm and after that we moved to a subdivision in town. One house over from ours was a few hundred acres of undeveloped woods that I roamed through as often as I could. I was always dragging home cool rocks or fossils that I found and my parents did a really fantastic job of recognizing my love for this stuff and encouraging it. They are awesome.
So one day when I was about seven or eight I was playing around the base of a big tree and I found this skull.
I fell in love instantly and proudly carried my trophy of the day home to show my folks. My dad, who is a very wise man and grew up out in the country, told me it was a groundhog skull. Up on one of my many shelves of treasures it went and it was to be the first of many, many more to come.
Curiosity collection grab bag fodder. Get them here!