Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tools of a trade...not for the timid...

I've pulled out of storage some of the tools of a storage for over ten years,
they'll again be cleaned and put to the test,
as butchering time is the Autumn season...
sorry, but it's the way of it when you raise poultry.
I just happen to know a skill that will not waste
any parts of my birds...
There isn't a fine line between pets and poultry,
pets are pets and poultry are a food source, you have to
separate that thinking, sorta like growing a garden
for a hobby or actually living off your product.

I will show you some of my past art,
a Wood duck drake and hen, can you see her
peeking out of the hole, wood ducks nest in tree holes.

One of my first crows, stealing an egg...
I'm self taught, learning with each bird my craft.

A woodcock, badly shot up, but not wanting
to waste, mushrooms and a butterfly
help to hide flaws...

a flying Canada goose, very large birds, not easily
formed into place...

Common Merganser...

my very first job, a pair of crows...

Mallard drake and Greenwing Teal drake...

Wigeon drake...
Now I know many of you are grossed out
by taxidermy as much as I am about human
overpopulation, however, we as a species have crowded out
and sent to extinction many wonderful species and are
dooming ourselves as well, but I understand the honest,
natural culling to keep populations disease free.
My husband was one of those conscientious hunters,
one on one with the animal, no hunting in gangs
and we consumed every part of the animal, so
taxidermy was a natural for me, no waste.
I thanked every animal spirit for it's gift to me,
it was a ritual I performed on every bird.
My biz was called 'Feather in the Wind',
my ritual, releasing one feather back to the

I am an animal lover, but I am also realistic...
wait till you see the bones I found on my Sunday


Vintage Green said...

Sharon YOU are amazing. I can't even imagine that anyone could be self taught in that skill. And yours are beautiful!! You are right, using every part of the creature is better than waste. Any person that eats meat or wears leather should not be offended when someone carefully uses as much as possible and does it with reverence. HOWEVER...a smart "extra rooster" would be well advised to march himself out to your hiway and hitchhike the heck away from there right about now..............I'm just saying.......

Steph said...

LOL @ Gayle's comment about the rooster!
And wowww Sharon, you are indeed amazing, love the crow! And wanna see them bones!

misselaineous said...

Wow Sharon...I had NO idea that you were a taxidermist...absolutely amazing work! I have a neighbor across the lake who does gators...does amazing work also and feeds a large crew of buzzards with the remains...and an eagle occasionally. happy monday *e*

sassytrash said...

What CAN"T you do girl??? You are amazing! Beautiful work!
After reading your tales, I decided I'm probably not cut out for raising chicks after all since I would probably become vegetarian when THAT time came.
I'm also glad the 'Moms' were spared this time also. Heck, I lived in FL most of my life and never got hit, but it sure has been active since I left!

Tilda said... know why i eat store bought cut up chickens? because 40 years ago when chicken was considered a Sunday noon meal, and revered, you could not buy PIECES of chicken, you bought an entire chicken. Although Ron's mom patiently showed me OVER AND OVER how to cut up a chicken, i could never find the joints, and after twisting and turning and desimating the bird...MY chicken was not even fit to cook, LET alone stuff for taxidermy. i can't even image working with feathers! So, big question? How'd you get the crows? they are notorious for avoiding being shot.
Tilda, inquisitive mind for a Monday morning.

Leigh said...

That is so true about having to separate one's thinking regarding pets and livestock for food. Also about loving animals but still being a realist. One of our laments is that we are so new to home butchering that we feel we are awkward in our technique and waste a lot. Your skill at taxidermy is amazing! What an art. Beautiful.

cconz said...

Cecil will never forgive you. He's up there now, looking down on you. But, he he looks pretty fine sitting in my sunroom. You do excellent work at everything you try.

Rural Revival said...

How interesting! I would expect this is a skill that not many have. And self taught, wow, I wouldn't know where to begin. And I am completely with you on overpopulation. Unfortunately, the 'masses' won't understand the impact until the final two seconds, and by that time, it will be too late.

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

OK..this is me saying "hello" and respectfully not say anything elce..
still love ya sista and am amazed at your divirsiry of "life skills"


Bohemian said...

One of my Brothers-In-Law is a Taxidermist and it certainly is an amazing Art Form. The Man is an avid Hunter but only hunts what we can eat and knows that the kids and I want it to look as though it came from the local Grocery Store when he hauls it Home. *Winks* He often jokes with me when it is Quail Season that he only hunts the ugly ones... I love the taste, but they're so darn cute that I have some remorse about it. *insert guilty look* The Man wastes absolutely nothing and I commend him for that reverence for the animals that will feed our Family... I'm no Vegetarian and hey, domestically raised meat sources are pretty cute too. He knows he could never take me on a Hunt, I'd be yelling, "RUN!!!!!" And if your smart 'extra Rooster' were to make it to the Hiway, I'd probably be the Gal giving him a hitched ride... just sayin'... *LOL*

Dawn... The Bohemian