But I skinned and mounted a bear paw today. They smell because I just took a horse leg out of the freezer to thaw for tomorrow morning. (horse-platform heels, world. BB style. Look out.) The leg was clean but even frozen that sweet smell of BARN just punched me in the face.
Anyway, back to the bear paw-it was really neat to touch a part of a bear when I’ve never even seen one in person. Feeling the claws; I could easily imagine it slicing my face to pieces.
As I skinned it, I marveled over how similar the actual anatomy seemed to my own hand.
Working with the bear was also a nice reprieve from the marathon of starlings over the weekend; the skin was thick and tough and very pleasant to work with. While I enjoy the process of working with birds; I consider it significantly more difficult to mount than a less delicate specimen like mammoth fur paw.
Here it is, fleshed out:
I made a form and mounted the paw, sewed it shut and am now in the process of embellishing git to the desired effect. I have 5 pieces in two shows coming up very soon; I just have to make the pieces.