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"In some ways, Schwendeman's Taxidermy Studio is like any other small family business. David B. Schwendeman runs the shop, which was established by his grandfather nearly ninety years ago. David's nephews regularly help out. In other ways, it's not like anything you'd expect to find on Main St. in Milltown, New Jersey. Take a tour of the studio and learn how to flesh a bear, mount a rack and split an ear."

If that doesn't make you feel all warm and fuzzy, I don't know what will...

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bryan kennedy's picture

I love seeing inside this old shop. All the tools of the trade are so unique and useful.

I wonder...were most of the taxidermied animals here at the Science Museum of Minnesota outsourced like this? Did we ever do our own taxidermy in house, or was there a local specialist who did this work for us.

posted on Fri, 12/17/2010 - 12:16pm
Zeek the Geek's picture

If you're interested in the art of taxidermy, come to the Science Museum of Minnesota at around 1pm on Thursdays! Resident biology collections manager, Dick Oehlenschlager, puts on one heck of a show in the collections gallery on level 4. He preserves birds and rodents while talking to visitors about taxidermy, as well as bird ecology and behavior. Ask him about his bird studies in the tropics and be prepared for some wild and adventurous tales!

posted on Mon, 12/20/2010 - 10:22am

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