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Raw. by Copperavi Raw. by Copperavi
This is my hobby, in it's raw state.

It is not beautiful, it is not happy. It is in fact quite depressing when I find animals (especially domestic) merely dumped along the road like trash among the real garbage. Dump roads are where I find 80% of my skeletons.
I know of at least 12 dead domestic dogs along a single small dump road near my Mom's house. Granted some of these were feral, but it's still a sad sight. Not to mention all of the cows, goats, and even horses.

This is a big reason why I do what I do. I want to rescue at least a part of an animal from rotting among trash, which is the last place any animal deserves to be.
I take the animal, and clean up it's bones to either be used in my art or simply displayed to be given a fully respected afterlife, which every creature deserves.
Be it a dog, fish, snake, bird, rodent, or human. We are all animals, all equal. And we all deserve respect.
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SifrAmal Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Photographer
FUCK! What happened to him?!
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GlowingSnowFlakes Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TT^TT 
I was explaining to my brother what happens to us when we die and I see this....

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Aazhie Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What an excellent sentiment.  I care less about what happens to my own corpse than I do with the critters I work with.  It is very sad to see them on the side of the road, whereas seeing them out in the woods is not usually depressing! Death is part of a beautiful cycle and in itself is messy, gross and often ugly, but there is still beauty to be appreciated even if it is sad.  I appreciate that you do what you can for their remains.  Even if i can move them somewhere more pleasant than the gravel shoulder, it makes me feel a little better some days...
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Blackk4t304 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you ever gotten verbally attacked by people who claim that what you're doing is bad? Because your words were very well chosen and so if you have frankly I don't see why, I really like your work and I hope you keep doing it. :D
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Copperavi Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have yes. Though I mostly blame ignorance; People just see my dead critters and automatically think they were hunted and/or died cruelly, or even that I killed them myself. I'm sure most of my animals had less than pleasant deaths, but the animals I scavenge died by accident or naturally, from what I can tell in their remains. Hunting is another issue; I don't support trophy hunting, so do not buy from those types of people. However, I do support sustenance hunting and population-control trapping.

Thank you very much! :)
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Blackk4t304 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It annoys me when that kind of thing happens to people who don't deserve it, and you're welcome! ^^
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Inexplicable-Things Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What is your best/favorite method of cleaning the bones, if you don't mind my asking. I am new to all this and am currently using cold water maceration - long, slow process! LOL And I have a buffalo skull, as well as several watusi cattle and horse skulls that still have alot of old dried flesh on them.
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Copperavi Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh sorry for late reply!!

I use maceration also, it gets hot enough where I live to quicken the process. I macerate until the water either grows green algae or runs fairly clear, then I degrease and give the bones a peroxide bath to clean/whiten them. :)
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toeki Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting hobby and well chosen words.
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
You would love it here, so many dead things, winter and humans take their toll.
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grygon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
we need spring to be here already so we can go on an epic bone hunt!
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Copperavi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Right?? Winter has lasted far too long!
I've been itching to go on a good bone hunt.
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grygon Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wanna plan for March 2nd? Should be fairly nice by then. If not, we can bump it.
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Copperavi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, that could be a good day. Have to make sure I'm not working, if not then definitely!
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grygon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have texting minutes these days? Send me a text since the day is quickly closing on us. :) Or email, in case you don't have my current number... it changed back to the original (starts with 450). grygon@gmail.com
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CriminalSpirit Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, lovely, although still sad, photo and awesome description. I've never found a big animal dump site, unless you want to count where people dragged their 3 horses bodies out to one spot, didn't bury them, but it was on their property. That's sad that people leave pets like that, I always bury my pets, they're my family and friends I'd never just dump them.
Although you must find tons of skulls there, I have trouble finding them, especially domesticated animals.
That's cool your mom supports your bone collecting, people are usually creeped out by me walking down the road with skulls or the thought of me picking up dead animals for their skulls. My mom would never let me have a uncleaned skull inside. :lol:
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Copperavi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
All you really have to look for is either a road with a lot of trash, or a sign that says "No Illegal Dumping" which will lead to one.
Yeah, not much you can do with big livestock like that. I don't have a problem with not burying pets, but FFS don't toss them in the trash!
Hah my mom doesn't let me put uncleaned stuff in the house either. I leave it out to macerate/peroxide in buckets in the back yard.:p
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CriminalSpirit Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll have to keep my eyes out, I've never found one and am interested in seeing one. :nod:
Ya, I can have clean ones inside but even then my mom is grossed out. :XD:
Ya, not everyone can bury or cremate them, although I always will. It's illegal in lots of places to bury your own pets on your property, which I think is silly, but I always have. :shrug: I don't live house next to house though, we have acres and acres of property.
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tourmaline-83 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
It still has a collar! ToT
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WolfHaunt Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
That description has got to be the best description I've ever read... It actually almost brings tears to my eyes. ='3 Poor doggy though, but at least now she'll be cherished and respected by you, keep it up, you're doing a wonderful thing! :heart:
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Copperavi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Thank you. I took her off the road area and put her under a bush out of the trash so that her body could finish decaying where it should. Once she's less raw I'll harvest her bones, finish cleaning them, and either articulate her or use her bones in my art and keep her skull. :)
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WolfHaunt Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Awww, well I can't wait to see what you do with her! <3 I hope she was at least a happy and loved pet during her life time. It's sad when dogs live poor lives and then die without ever knowing love and respect.
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Tyto-Thylaco42 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
poor fella.
unfortunatly my parents do not approve of me bringing home dead animals (wich sucks)
still, it doesn't stop me from collecting.
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Copperavi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw. I got lucky because my Mom really loves my hobby. I have all my dead stuff cleaning over at her house.
That's good! Just make sure you don't seriously upset your parents, that could turn out badly.
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Tyto-Thylaco42 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
My stuff has been banished to the backyard, my cleaning tools also.
i'm hoping once i attempt to mount the fox skeleton i can put it in my studio... *i can only hope.*
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Catterpuss Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You don't have to justify yourself, Brah.
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Copperavi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes I feel like I have to, but that's not really the point of the image. :)
I just wanted to show what my hobby really consists of; It's not all pretty art and finished product that you usually see. A lot of my art and cleaned skulls start out like this.
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Harlequinade805 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Poor doggy
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