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I received my order of a gallon of glycerine this morning and went right at the test. I first heated up water and poured it over the curling grass. The grass immediately rehydrated and straightened...

Posted on: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 1:32pm

The grass we received from Wyoming is drying quickly. After hanging all of the grass clumps upside down, I have been observing it over the past week and have noticed that the grass blades aren’t...

Posted on: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 1:26pm

The Alaskan Brown Bear diorama is basically done. The bears have been re-colored, the tie-in with the crowberry ground cover is complete, the Collared Lemming has some more color in it’s fur (and a...

Posted on: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 7:02pm

My able volunteer Stefan Hurlburt comes in on Thursdays and does a variety of tasks around my shop (he shows real promise as a taxidermist!). He strengthened the drooping long grasses with seed heads...

Posted on: Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:45pm

This morning, I received 3 large boxes at the Peabody Museum of fresh grass clumps from Wyoming. Michelle Downey from Yale Forestry School’s Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative in Clearmont,...

Posted on: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 11:11am

Before & after skinks: Skink in the Mule Deer diorama before removal

Posted on: Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:09pm

I finished re-coloring the bears this afternoon. Here are the before and after photos: Actually this is not completely a “before” picture, the bears are partially finished. Note the contrast between...

Posted on: Friday, July 6, 2018 - 1:14am

I got started the re-coloring process in the Alaskan Brown Bear diorama. I looked at the Bear rug closely for guidance on color and patterns of light and dark (value patterns) in the fur. There are...

Posted on: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 12:59am

I started in earnest today on the bears. I brought up some of the planks we have used previously in the Shoreline and the Bog dioramas. They fit into the Bear diorama beautifully so I can now walk...

Posted on: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 8:20pm

The Mule Deer and the Alaskan Brown Bear dioramas were opened this morning with help from a local glass company, Whalley Glass. Four strong-backed guys from Whalley Glass picked up the two large...

Posted on: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 2:42pm