Monday, December 28, 2009

"The Bone Man". WARNING: THIS POST IS NOT FOR THOSE WITH A WEAK STOMACH.

In a small town in upstate NY there resides a wonderful man by the name of Mr. Lloyd. Retired, he has fully devoted his time to the cleaning and reconstructing of animal skeletons- not for profit, but for passion. Almost all of the animals have been found post-mortem in the wild or donated from wildlife research centers. Much of his work is for museums, schools, and state environmental agencies for the purpose of education.

The bones are first scraped and dried, then put into a tank with "Museum Beetles", which effectively clean any remaining tissue from the bones within two days. The bones are then immersed in hydrogen peroxide, then reconstructed if needed, and finished. His skill, craftsmanship, professionalism and knowledge is unbelievably admirable.

Deer skulls dried and ready to be immersed in the beetle tanks.

Dermestid, or "Museum" beetles at work. These small bugs have a four month long life cycle and will clean out a skull in two days.


Snake skeleton in the middle of construction.
Various bird skulls.

Deer jaws.
Canadian Goose skeleton.

Iguana skeleton.
Deer skull with broken and stunted antlers (pre-mortem)
Deer skulls.
Bear skulls.

Goose and bear skulls.
Laundry, anyone?
Juvenille Stag skull.
Bear Skull.
Coyote Skulls and Deer Horns.
Snake skeleton ready for assembly.
Work area.
A complete Great Horned Owl skeleton.
A complete Cooper's Hawk skeleton.

Mr. Lloyd generously gifted to me an assortment of skulls. Photos to come.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting post!
    I always learn something new when I come visit your blog.
    -rio,xo

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