This morning I was skinning a duck in preparation for a taxidermy demonstration I’ll be giving on Saturday. I plan on having some finished mounts as well as a cured skin to show various stages in the process. Sounds fine right? Except it’s for children. Children terrify me. Last night I was envisioning speaking to them and I cringed at myself as I lay in bed, marveling at what a nerd these kids will think I am. I was a kid once, and I know first hand they are cruel, and nothing people over the age of thirty do could ever be cool.
Wait, WHY do I care what a bunch of children think of me? I guess at the end of the day I don’t. Amway, I’m thinking about all this as I skin my duck, and I’m at the head. I’m angling my brain-spoon around the back of the eye sockets to free the eyeball and SQUIRT! A stream of black eyeball juice lands upon my shirt, my arm, my face, MY EYE. I have duck eye juice in my human eyeball. This was the first time I popped one, and I never knew how inky the liquid is. I wonder if it could be used as dye?
After cleaning up that mess I was able to focus on the task at hand, only to find a very broken wing. Break one, humerus bone:
Break two, radius and ulna:
It’s not really that big of a deal when wings are shattered like this but it does pose a challenge when skinning. It’s relatively easy to use the whole arm for leverage when working the skin off, but when the arm is just a pile of mush there isn’t much to hold onto.
Thankfully I had my studio mascot there to keep me company while I worked.
Ever since I cleaned my studio and organised it in a fashion which is conducive to how I work, it’s been a nonissue having the cats around. Frankie sometimes manages to sniff out any mouse tidbits I have hiding around but aside from that he doesn’t care to get into the other animals. It’s very pleasant to have him sleeping at my feet in his little patch of sun while I work.
This is my newly cleaned studio. It may look cluttered but I have a ton of stuff in a very small space. Amazingly, everything has a home and I know where it lives.
Work table and mini freezer:
Supply shelving, windows, and Frankie!