Thursday, July 15, 2010

adirondack antiques & taxidermy

After a nonstop weekend with friends, we took a many stops trip home to the city. First, for iced coffee, and second, to a ramshackle antique store on Tongue Mountain. The dusty shop was full of many treasures—we all went home with something—but I was quite enamored with the amount of wildlife trophies scattered around the place. My love for animals extends to those passed and I appreciate them utterly in their preserved form. Although I wouldn't hunt and be proud to mount what I've slaughtered, I have considered cherishing roadkill forever for sure. Funny the person who discovered taxidermy was also vegetarian. Enjoy some of the creatures that were creeping in the aisles of this musty store that once roamed the paths of upstate New York.

I just love animals to death.
Here are a few blogs I follow that seem to like dead animals as well:

9 comments:

  1. That looks like the type of antique store I am ALWAYS hoping to stumble upon during road trips!!! Taxidermy, ship models, straw boaters, old longrifles, powderhorns, canteens... gasp! I'm swooning! You took some terrific photos-- thanks for sharing! And thanks for the findermaker shout out!

    Paul

    ps... 581 followers!?! YESSS!!! You. Totally. Rule.

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  2. That place looks like my version of heaven.. and kind of like my house. I have a wood duck and a blue jay in my freezer right now (both dead when I found them) awaiting preservation. The bluejay will go in formaldehyde for sure, but the wood duck is too big and too beautiful for a wet specimen. I'm waiting until I have enough money to have him taxidermied.

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  3. Absolutely adore your blog. I am so glad to have found it. Everyone thinks I am crazy for liking taxidermy but I find it fascinating. Thanks for featuring it!

    Looking forward to reading more!
    Emily
    www.prettyusefulstuff.blogspot.com

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  4. Just wanted to say I really like your blog - keep up the great work!!

    Steve
    common cents
    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

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  5. it seems either you are in some country fair animal tent or that you are visiting an antique shop, now a days such things are only found in these places

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  6. Octohawk: You should really consider skinning and mounting your bluejay!!! I'm always on the lookout for a freshly dead bluejay, on account of them being beautiful and all. Skinning a small bird is super easy (I did a yellow shafted flicker that had plowed into a glass building) --then the skin is preserved by rubbing borax washing powder into it. After that you just stick stiff wire up through the legs and into the wings to make it pose-able, stuff it, sew up the incision and you will have a beautifully mounted bird! OK, well maybe there are a few extra steps (google small bird taxidermy to find detailed instructions) but its easy and you will end up with a lifelike new blue buddy!

    All the best,

    Paul

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  7. Norman Bates hangs out there.

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  8. I think that taxidermist has problems, what's with the random bears?!
    Made me laugh though haha :P
    I quite like the lamp; inventive.
    And the hat next to the deer, definite winner :D

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