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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?!
GlowingSnowFlakes Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was explaining to my brother what happens to us when we die and I see this....

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...
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
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! :)
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! ^^
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.
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. :)
toeki Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting hobby and well chosen words.
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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