Why I Like Taxidermy-Pelts-FurIt's Spring time...when everything starts coming to life, having babies, and bloom. It looks absolutely beautiful out, and I'm seeing the world a bit through rose-colored lenses. As I looked in awe at the simplest things today, I was thinking why I like fur so much.
I was watching a dog walking with its owner...I'm a total dog lover, so I shamelessly stared. I watched its muscles work to propel its body forward, its tail swinging in tune with its legs, its tongue out in a happy pant as it walked with its beloved owner. When I got home, I looked at my wolf pelt, Kalik. His eyes weren't his own and they certainly didn't look at me with love and loyalty, his tongue didn't loll out happily dripping with saliva, his tail didn't sway and his legs didn't bring him to me. But I still saw the same beauty as I did the dog. The life may have been lost to this wonderful creature, but its beauty still shows. Looking at Kalik, I can still imagine him laying there not as a pelt, but as a wolf. He was
Taxidermy is LearningAs I sit here, an inexperienced newbie when it comes to taxidermy, I can't help but feel amazed. I carefully make each stitch, one-by-one, into the hide of a once-living fox. With each and every stitch, after carefully clearing the fur out of the way, I can't help but to feel proud.Taxidermy is Learning5 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
But there's more than that. There's more than just the simple pride in my newly-started work. There's the subject itself. This magnificent creature, still beautiful in its death. As I work along its leg, I can't help but be in awe as its original form becomes somewhat revealed. I bend its wrist, experience from photos telling me where it is. Even without any bones I can still see how this fox once moved, and it is wonderful to be able to know and witness such a thing.
With each stitch I move along further now. The hairs become longer, the fur becomes harder for me to see past, the coat grows thicker. Before I knew that the leg hair was shorter than that on the body. But being forced to work up-close like th