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Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit

A Guide for Those Who Wish to Prepare and Mount Animals, Birds, Fish, Reptiles, etc., for Home, Den, or Office Decoration

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Published: 1944
Language: English
Wordcount: 42,009 / 125 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.1
LoC Category: TT
Downloads: 2,003
Added to site: 2007.10.31 18795

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ade of a section of hardwood log

If large animals are to be mounted we will need in addition some iron working tools, such as

Set of taps and dies 1/4 to 1 in.
Monkey wrench
Hack saw
Tanner's knives, 1 or more

A combination vise and anvil will be needed in any case as well as some miscellaneous tools:

Fur comb, coarse and fine
combined Paint, wax, and varnish brushes
Foot rule
Tape measure
Putty knife
Pointing trowel
Skin scraper

and some stuffing and modelling tools which you can make yourself. The list of materials seems like a long one, but many are inexpensive and others are used only in some small amounts, so the aggregate cost is small.

Excelsior Fine tow Cotton bat or wadding Plaster paris Corn meal Gasoline Potter's or modelling clay Set tube oil colors Glass eyes, assorted Soft wire, assorted Pins Cord Spool cotton, coarse and fine, black and white Wax, varnish, glue, paste Papier mache, or paper for same An assortment of nails, tacks, brads, screws, screw ey

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****

I scanned through the book, trying to find the journal entries the previous commenter mentioned. Was disappointed to see they were not in the book

Other than that, this looks to be a very good instruction manual

Greg Homer

Actually, two books in one. The first half is a step-by-step guide to taxidermy. What tools are needed, what chemicals, etc. Quite good.

The second half is the daily journal of author Albert B. Farnham, kept for for the year 1946. Some rather disturbing quotes:

'March 23: Today that nosy neighbor came round again. Wanting to borrow some chili powder or so she said. I know what she's up to..oh yes..I know EXACTLY what she's up to. She'll be sorry.

'Aug. 2: A man on the bus was staring at me today..just staring. So I followed him when he got off. Found out where he lives. He'll be sorry.'

'Oct. 17: A census taker came round today. Invited him in..and well..'



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