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.
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:
6) Dream skull?
Fancifully, because I’ll never be able to afford real or legal ones:
Bull Megaloceros skull
Killer whale skull
Woolly Mammoth skull (I love me some Pleistocene megafauna in case it wasn’t obvious)
But more realistically, a big African lion skull, a spotted hyena skull, and a Chinese water deer skull.
moreanimalia said: HOW IS THIS SO CUTE??? ps how are you so cute??
deadshitandme said: I love it!
forestferncreations said: i love you on so many levels
an-empty-void said: you’re so friggin cute i cant handle it
I love you guys. Like a lot.
2) Do you talk to your family and friends about bones? What do they think about it?
Most definitely! It’s one of my great passions in life so naturally I enjoy sharing it with those I care about. And I’m very fortunate that they put up with me, haha!
But honestly I couldn’t be more fortunate. My parents have encouraged and supported me since I brought that first skull home when I was a tiny kid. Before I started driving my mom would help me collect roadkill (she still does from time to time if I see something in a tricky area where I need to grab something and get out fast). My dad is always finding cool stuff for me at antique stores and flea markets. Most of the rest of my family have all called me to tell me about some dead thing they’ve encountered and where it is if I want it.
Over the years my friends have had varying reactions but most have been extremely positive (a few are collectors themselves!), especially once they see what I do with these pieces. Several of them have given me some of my prize specimens. So they rock too.
So yeah, I’m always showing off new specimens and being a huge dork about osteology and scavenging and they are all sweet enough to humor me.
Anonymous asked: Why would you have been buying beetle food? Do you have pet beetles?
Not at the moment but I have raised a couple colonies of dermestid beetles in the past! Planning to start another one come spring time too!
They are amazing critters to work with!
roadkillandcrows asked: After you receive this, share 5 random facts about yourself then copy and send to your 10 favourite followers :)
Hey thank you! These are always fun to do!
1. I spent the day cleaning out my workshop. When the weather warms up I’m planning to spend a lot of time out there with my dremel and some bone art projects.
2. My allergies and migraines have been destroying me lately.
3. I love horror movies and I’m especially a total sucker for most anything with werewolves.
4. There is no chocolate in this house right now and that makes my face sad.
5. I love you guys. I can’t begin to thank you enough for all the kind words and general awesomeness you’ve directed my way since I started this blog. So, so much love back to you amazing people.
jennabongard said: Awesome. LOVE seeing the progress/process! You also do a lovely job fielding the responses from the anti-hunting crowd. I personally prefer hunting for meat VS grocery. No hormones and the animals have a fair chance to survive if hunter is respectful
I should have asked if you wanted me to put the eyes in a jar of alcohol for Cass since he was laughing about them before, haha.
Hey thank you! Yeah I totally agree. If I still ate meat I’d much rather it be from an animal myself or someone I knew hunted or butchered. Much better for you and the animal has definitely lived a better life.