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healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Oct 1, 2011 - 04:11am PT
Ron, thanks for the croc rundown - would never have guessed.
Trusty Rusty

Social climber
Tahoe area
Oct 1, 2011 - 09:08am PT

Thanks for the pics and info of your masterful profession Ron, fascinating stuff. Nice to still see real hand work these days.

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Oct 1, 2011 - 09:54am PT
Ah, little baby parakeet. Sweet little birds.
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Oct 1, 2011 - 09:58am PT
death is an abstract medium thru which to express.
fascinating to see these still shadows of active beasts.

edit,
nice art work Ron.
the care expressed in your work well exceeds common.
locker

Social climber
CO
Oct 1, 2011 - 11:12am PT


The only thing missing from this thread is one of those sweet and positive comments from AC...


;-)

Gene

climber
Oct 1, 2011 - 01:26pm PT
Ron,

Thanks so much for sharing all this.

g
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Oct 1, 2011 - 02:11pm PT
So I was looking for some Gary Larsen "Far Side" cartoon of taxidermy to contribute here but I stumbled upon this article on 10 Bizarre Phobias

http://listverse.com/2007/08/20/top-10-bizarre-phobias/

In the comments they wrote


Maria / 19 Sep, 2007 at 09:52 am
I was wodering if anybody else suffers from fear of taxidermy. I can deal with small birds, maybe a squirrel, but any bigger than that I just have to cover my eyes and be led out of the room. Bears are the worst, especially if standing on to legs. The natural history museum would be my worst nightmare.

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Sonya Gonzalez / 24 Aug, 2010 at 03:43 pm
yes yes yes..im not alone..it freaks me out so bad..any store or restaurant or museum..Philadelphia has a giant ox or something with long wooly hair.I couldnt look at it.I think i know where mine came from..as a child i was bitten by a dog..i had to see a plastic surgeon who was a big game hunter..his entire office was covered with dead animals from Africa..

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Xandra / 25 Aug, 2010 at 12:23 pm
I've been known to start shaking/crying and be unable to move when there's taxidermy nearbyÖ totally freaks me out.

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Alma / 18 Apr, 2011 at 07:56 pm
i also have this. Sometimes itís so bad that Iíll have dreams where taxidermy falls on me, or i am impaled on antlers, or i am forced to put my head in the mouth of a stuffed bear. Sometimes if i see a deer in the wild i freak out because, duh, it looks like taxidermy.

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Toby / 11 Jun, 2011 at 05:59 pm
I too have this fear (well, Iíd really call it a phobia at this point.) I once had to accompany children to a nature museum for work, not realizing that the museum would just be rooms FULL of taxidermy animals. Huge panic attack.

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Emily / 29 Jun, 2011 at 11:58 pm
Youíre not alone.
Iím twelve years old; since I was about . . . six, Iíd say? Iíve been terrified by taxidermy. I went on a trip to Germany a couple winters ago, and the bed & breakfast we were staying in was packed with taxidermy. thank god our room didnít have anything, but it was humiliating ó i literally had to be led in and out of the building by the hand, my head down, so i didnít freak out. The one thing I could handle was the little bird by the stairwell, but even that sent a shiver down my spine.
For me, the bigger the animal is, the worse it gets. Thatís the general rule for me. But all taxidermy just throws me into a state of panic.

The simple idea of animals being killed, having their skins peeled off and smacked up onto the wall is just horrifying for me. The ironic thing is that when I was about three or four, I would apparently visit my friendís house and go in the basement to play with the taxidermy animals her father kept down there.
I think it was when I was old enough to realize that those things were DEAD animals, not stuffed playthings, that the phobia really started for me.

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Heikold / 20 Jul, 2011 at 03:38 am
I suffer from this and I agree with the size thing Ė it definitely makes it worse.

Do the others here have issues with things the higher up they are too? I can usually deal with stuff on the floor, but if itís above my head I tend to freak out.

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jfrater / 19 Sep, 2007 at 09:53 am
Maria: wow Ė that is fascinating! I love stuffed animals Ė I just canít imagine being afraid of them. What do you think brought that on?

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Maria / 19 Sep, 2007 at 12:08 pm
Well, there are no childhood traumas that I can think of, but I have wondered myself why this is, many times, since my reaction is so severe, not just thinking stuffed animals are gross. I simply cannot enter a room if there is one of those things there.

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rebecca king / 20 Jul, 2010 at 04:55 pm
I also have this fear and everyone just tells me its rediculous. Its the first thing I look for in a steakhouse or a cabin. I KNOW that they can't hurt me, but its still just creepy. I am of Indian decsent and my father used to say it was because we could feel their souls. Little strange I know, but its the only explanation I can think of. I just think it is a sick practice that our society needs to let go. I feel it is just as unacceptable as stuffing a human body. Its sick and wrong.

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Amy / 17 Sep, 2010 at 05:14 pm
I am also terrified of any and all taxidermed animals. I have never met anyone else with this fear so I'm glad I'm not the only one. I tried getting over it by waitressing at a restaurant where we had many dead animals on the wall- I only lasted a few months and it was a nightmare for me everytime I walked into work. We had a fieldtrip in 5th grade to a natural history museum, I tried walking in and had to run back out and sit outside the entire time with a teacher b/c I was having a panic attack from going in. Has anyone found a way to get over this fear?! I am okay with fish and the occassional bird but anything else freaks me out. It's also the first thing I look for when I walk into any restaurant or unknown place which could possibly have themÖAHHH!

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Wowzer / 24 Sep, 2007 at 08:33 pm
Maria: I sympathise. Though I donít have a fear of stuffed animals (such as teddy bears, plushes, whatever), I am uncomfortable around taxidermied animals. I havenít a clue why, but I get away from them as fast as I can (I refuse to enter a furniture store at the local mall because itís covered in taxidermied elk heads.) Just thought that was noteworthy.

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Maria / 24 Sep, 2007 at 10:56 pm
No exactly! I donīt have a problem with toy stuffed animals, of course, but taxidermy just like you Wowzer. If I suspect that there are any in a store or a house I usually have someone check it out for me. Like in the local Viking restaurant, were I totally panicked and the people there probably thought I was completely crazyÖ! I am glad I am not the only one!!!

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annie / 1 Aug, 2010 at 06:02 am
I have the same problem! Museums are the worst. I have nothing from my past that could have triggered it. Are you also afraid of wax dummies and things behind glass with spotlights on them like in museums?

I remember being at somebody's cabin as a kid and looking out their window and was suddenly shocked to see this huge deer in the window right in front of my face. Then I realized it was just the reflection of the deer head on the wall behind me.

Peace

Karl
Lovegasoline

Trad climber
Sh#t Hole, Brooklyn, NY
Oct 1, 2011 - 02:37pm PT
Nice work Ron.

I've always enjoyed seeing trophy heads on walls...they are intriguing, often unexpected, objects.

When I was younger for many years I used to work bartending at special events and one client was American Museum of Natural History in NYC. I've spent hours standing amongst the various life sized dioramas contemplating them.

If you have shots of workbench, tools, special supplies it would be cool to see some pics (messiness is cool) : I always dig seeing a work area with the maker's character.

Would also be interested to see some of the completed built up dioramas, in-situ, with presentation lighting.

Are there any safety hazards a taxidermist need to be cognizant of, either from the industrial supplies or the organic matter?

I'm an artist and during my college studies did some human anatomy study/dissection at Columbia/New York Presbyterian. To this day the structure of the skinned human hand, with all the small tendons and bones is one of the most beautiful structures I've seen.

Have you done any turtles?


PS: Earliest taxidermy memory ... in the Smithsonian Institute as a young boy with my family. It was late in the day and the museum was closing. My dad left us to get the car in the rain parked far away from the museum due to the abysmal parking situation in DC. The then closed but my mom, sister, and I were probably the last of the public inside and lost ... the place was so big we couldn't find the exit. It was dead quite, no employees in sight, and lights and doors in some areas were closed. We came upon a giant Wooly Mammoth in the middle of a room and I got a taste of what it must have felt for our ancestors to have been face to face with such a powerful beast. Very freaky, powerful emotions.

PSS: maybe earlier memory. A friend of my dad brought me a gift from a trip to South America: a baby stuffed crocodile (or alligator). About a foot and a half long with heavy stitches the length of its belly and very sharp teeth. I loved that thing!
locker

Social climber
CO
Oct 1, 2011 - 02:39pm PT


Ron...

Did you DO that Rhino, also???...(Of course I mean that in a GUD way)...

;-)



EDITED:

Is there no animal you won't "MOUNT...

LOL!!!...

Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Oct 1, 2011 - 02:40pm PT
Its like Hollywood's version of taxidermists,,they portray them as some skits out wierdos in some dank dark room. Just about every movie Ive ever seen with taxidermy in it, the CRAP they have looks like amateur city- the likes ones finds on EBAY...Ive never seen one DECENT mount in a movie, so that perception becomes ingrained in the deep consciousness..

I just want to know how many Armadillos you stuffed!

;-)

Karl
locker

Social climber
CO
Oct 1, 2011 - 02:43pm PT


Ron probably goes crazy for Stuffed Crab...

Lovegasoline

Trad climber
Sh#t Hole, Brooklyn, NY
Oct 1, 2011 - 03:06pm PT
Thanks for the pics Ron.

And Karl,, ive only done a few "dillos",,kind of a regional thing lol!

That brings to mind dildos. And since Locker is onboard, I might as well ask:

What about 'dildo' taxidermy? Or rather customers requesting stuffed animal genitalia for display? Proud stud farm owners? You mentioned upthread that the pet taxidermy market originated in NYC. There's certain to be a client base for taxidermy kink in NYC.



Due to the bullfighting thing, I saw plenty of stuffed bull's heads in Spain.

What country/city is the epicenter for taxidermy these days?








The user formerly known as stzzo

Social climber
Oct 1, 2011 - 03:20pm PT
Plushidermy is a semi mounted animal (head) with a soft dry tanned body like a kids stuffed toy!

Does this have anything to do with Plushies? On second thought, I don't want to know...
locker

Social climber
CO
Oct 1, 2011 - 03:46pm PT


One might wonder what motivates someone to get into your profession...



























































...

Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Oct 1, 2011 - 04:14pm PT
we had a newer taxidermist who was mounting a hyena
.. Must...Resist...
Now for those that don't know, Hyenas are a bit weird and "large", but they have a HUGE amount of "foreskin". This guy had no clue, and when he wheeled into the finish room,,,,,here was this hyena with a nearly two foot long appendage! LMAO!!!


It's a laughing Hyenas getting the last laugh.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Oct 1, 2011 - 04:23pm PT
I don't recall any Hollywood portrayals of taxidermists. My 'creeped-out-ness' came from family members chasing us are with heads and stuff. Not nice, people!!

This is all really fascinating.

[dumb question]

So, you skin each critter then put the skin on the body you make? Or is a lot of it paint and such? I also thought one took the body, gutted it, then filled it with I don't know what.

[/dumb question]
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Oct 1, 2011 - 04:40pm PT
Very cool!
Lovegasoline

Trad climber
Sh#t Hole, Brooklyn, NY
Oct 1, 2011 - 04:51pm PT
Here in NYC there's a store in SOHO called The Evolution Store (theevolutionstore.com). They cater to rich tourists as it's located in the center of NYC's hip fashion shopping district. It's loaded with all kinds of cool stuff including some bigger mammals.

Ron, how do you keep insects, mice, and rodents from eating your work?


Do you do stuff with skeletons or is that generally treated as another field?


You mentioned movies, what do you think of The Silence of the Lambs?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Oct 1, 2011 - 04:52pm PT
Excellent timing of a bizarre story in the paper (i.e., online). This is just gross! Not that they are rats (love them, had them as pets, have two living in the back I really enjoy) - it's that they look dead. Ew.



Text from the link:

"Taxidermy animal accessories

Looking for an eco-macabre way to accessorize? A rat coin purse or pigeon feather necklace might be just what you need. Reid Peppard, a vegetarian and designer from London, doesn't want the animal victims of busy streets and pest control to go to waste, so she uses her taxidermy skills to transform their carcasses into wearable pieces. Ranging in price from hundreds to thousands of dollars, Peppardís accessories are sure to make a statement ó Lady Gaga even wore one of her creations in her ďBad RomanceĒ video. But who are Peppard's biggest customers? Surprisingly, American men."

Ew!
locker

Social climber
CO
Oct 1, 2011 - 05:33pm PT


My vote for the BEST current thread...

;-)

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