The Bone Collector

June 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I have always had a fascination with bones. Pretty much all my friends see anything with a skull on it and they think of me. My collection of bones has grown significantly since signing up for the bone box. Each month I receive an animal skull in the mail along with some other anatomy. I guess the first bones I started collecting were my daughters baby teeth. Playing tooth Fairy (and not very well) I just could not bring myself to throw them away. I have every one of both of my child's baby teeth. I also saved every single one of Zero's baby teeth. He was my first puppy that I have taken care of from birth (6 weeks) to now 13.5 years old. From there I had found random bones on hikes or beaches. A friend of mine is a land surveyor on the coast and he gave me a few pieces, including my crown jewel deer skull.

It is not the largest collection but I am pretty proud of what I have so far.

This is not technically a bone but it was a gift given along with bones and it fits nicely on the shelf with my other skulls. It is real and one of 2 taxidermy I have. I had a couple more, a bridezilla, which was as you probably guessed, a baby alligator in a wedding dress. That was a Christmas gift and one that I held on to for a while along with a taxidermy toad purse that was a gift from the same Christmas party during another year. I gave those 2 pieces to a friend who has a collection of oddities herself.

This is a piece a Sea Turtle's bone. Probably my favorite "non-skull" item.

This one I found on Mount Yonah. I wish I knew what it was. I shoved it in my pocket then I left it in my friends car after we hiked while we grabbed lunch. When I came back to it ants were crawling out from inside of it. Ewwwww. found a ziplock bag and kept it in there until I knew all the ants were dead.

I bought this brown bat skull off of ebay.

This was my most recent, and my most favorite bone box so far.

I used to have a chinchilla. The bones are very thin and fragile.

I love my deer skull! I want to mount this on the wall eventually. This was also my first time cleaning bones. I cleaned this and that big bone together using a drink tub full of water and peroxide. I had to rotate the skull every few days. I love this and it still has all of it's teeth!

This is my most comical bone.

Not a bone but still cool.

Not pictured are the teeth I mentioned and several small bird and rodent bones I dissected from owl pellets.

I don't collect a lot of things. Earrings, patches, postcards and some pins. I used to collect spoons and Scooby Doo paraphernalia but recently purged most of those collections. I still have one display case of the cooler spoons and just a few of my Scoobys left.

 

 

 


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