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Amanita muscaria

I find myself fascinated, as have millions of people through human history, by Amanita muscaria. At first it's just their appearance. Something about this species is just mesmerizing. Once you dig in though, their history is even more fascinating. From their origins in shaping our modern Christmas, to shamans and Reindeer, they are intertwined with our history.

I have made a few versions of this, but visually I find this set to be my favorite. I want to build them in such a way that at first you just see mushrooms and not until a deeper glance is given do you see there is much more to the story.

Species & Parts Used

  • Human Clavicle Bones
  • Hatchling Sulcata Tortoise Shells
  • Gila Monster Osteoderms
  • Gaboon Viper Ribs
  • Ball Python Ribs
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Mushrooms Feeding

This was the first mushroom piece I built. It's quite simple in it's construction, yet I still find it beautiful.

I was inspired to build it while walking through the forest near my house. I found a rotten log with a colony of mushrooms, species unknown to me, growing all over it. At that moment I knew exactly how I could mimic this look and I set off to go build it. I still wish I had kept this piece.

Species & Parts Used

  • American Alligator Scutes
  • Reticulated Python Vertebrae
  • Axolotl Skull
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Fight for Life

This piece was more of a work study to play with the flow of mushroom stems. I wanted to give a more natural flow for taller species. When shaping them I like to imagine them shooting up to the light and running past obstacles to open their cap and dominate the other and how that process would shape them.

Species & Parts Used

  • American Alligator Scutes
  • Reticulated Python Vertebrae
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Stoned Ape

The Stoned Ape theory proposed by Terrence McKenna has always fascinated me. While it's highly contested and unprovable, I enjoy thinking about it from time to time.

The transition in this piece of Mushrooms growing with a primate body expanding from them and then a butterfly emerging in it's final form represents the mental growth of humans using psilocybin mushrooms to free their minds.

Species & Parts Used

  • Owl Monkey Rib Cage
  • Racoon Baculums
  • Eastern Indigo Egg Shells
  • Monarch Butterfly
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Zen Mushnkey

The Zen Mushnkey was really just an accident. When I first started building skeletons my wife surprised me with a baby Rhesus Monkey skeleton that was already processed and ready to build. It had the top of its skull removed for a necropsy after its death. I was too nervous to tackle such a fragile build so it set for months.

I was in an induced flow state one day and decided to tackle it. I literally just started building with no plan and after 5 or 6 hours of building this is what I had in front of me. It is still my favorite piece, but unfortunately it was destroyed in a shipping accident.

Species & Parts Used

  • Baby Rhesus Monkey
  • Reticulated Python Vertebrae & Ribs
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Tamarin Man

I once made a mental note that shark vertebrae resemble drums. About 2 months later the universe aligned a professional drummer reached out to me about a piece for his studio. I laid out my whole plan to him and he liked it so away I went.

I traveled to his studio and took pictures of him drumming to base the piece on. I then spent countless hours recreating these photos with bone. I seriously don't know how many hours I put into this piece, but at least 20.

End result: He was stoked.

Species & Parts Used

  • Red Handed Tamarin Skeleton
  • Misc Shark Vertebrae
  • Ball Python Ribs & Vertebrae
  • Reticulated Python Ribs
  • Uromastyx
  • Gila Monster
  • Red Tegu
  • Veiled Chameleon
  • Alligator Gar Scales
  • Dwarf Caiman
  • Bowsprit Tortoise
  • Sand Dolalrs
  • Preserved Rabbit Heart
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Game of Bones

I binged watched Game of Thrones and while playing with my spare parts box noticed a dragon laying around in several pieces so I began to assemble it. 

I enjoy this type of process because I never really know what it looks like until I'm done.

Species & Parts Used

  • Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman Body & Tail
  • Bearded Dragon Skull
  • Parakeet Wings
  • Cockatiel Sclerotic Wings
  • Mouse Body & Several Tails
  • Rat Tails
  • Reticulated Python Teeth
  • American Alligator Scutes
  • Rhesus Monkey Leg Bones
  • Veiled Chameleon Legs & Feet
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Sleezus

One of the Seven Deadly Sins is Sloth, and I have personally found it to be the most important sin to avoid. I have to constantly work and create or I feel insane.

I don't really know why I thought of this idea, but I did. I crucified a sloth. This is a very large specimen with huge claws. The build was difficult but fun.

For the cross I traveled backroads until I found an abandoned barn with perfectly aged wood to use. I used picture frame mounts on the top and bottom so that Sleezus may be hung right side up or upside down.

Species & Parts Used

  • Linnaeus's Two-toed Sloth
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Amanita muscaria gigantia

I've always been bothered by the way I used rib bones to recreate mushroom gills and was on the hunt for a better way to give a very natural look to my mushroom pieces. With this piece I had more room to work with as they are quite large and I finally found my answer. Cockatoo feathers.

These are my largest mushrooms to date and easily in my top 5 favorite pieces I have made, but sadly I never took proper photos of this piece.

Species & Parts Used

  • Human Clavicle & Tibia Bones
  • Eastern Box Turtle Shells
  • Dwarf Caiman Osteoderms
  • Cockatoo Feathers
  • Misc Butterflies
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Toad Lights

I found this interesting light at an antique shop and decided it needed a glowing skull inside it. I had a Cane Toad skull laying around so I wired it up with a green LED and this is the outcome.

 

Species & Parts Used

  • Cane Toad Skull
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A Little Struggle

Several times I have seen extremely tiny mushrooms growing on various things in the forest. With the right eyes, in the right state of mind, if you kneel down and get real close you will see an entire world no bigger than your hand. I wanted to capture that view.

These mushrooms were honestly very difficult to build as they are very tiny.

Species & Parts Used

  • Common Snapping Turtle Skull
  • Gila Monster Osteoderms
  • Gaboon Viper Ribs
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Orb Weasle

This was inspired by a foggy morning, mushrooms sprouting in my yard, and an Orb Weaver on my porch. The web is real and it is all built into a shadow box to be hung on a wall.

Species & Parts Used

  • Short-tailed Weasle Skull
  • Gaboon Viper Ribs
  • Reticulated Python Vertebrae
  • Red Uromastyx Ribs
  • Gila Monster Osteoderms
  • American Alligator Osteoderms
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Transfer of Energy

This piece shows the transfer of energy from one form to another based on the one single time in my life I was lucky enough to find a skull in the forest with mushrooms growing through it. It was absolutely mesmerizing.

Fungus is an amazing life form and far more complex than most realize.

Species & Parts Used

  • Common Snapping Turtle Skull
  • Owl Monkey Leg & Arm Bones
  • Bowsprit Tortoise Leg Bone
  • Drymarchon Snake Egg Shells
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Dead and Bumbled

This was one of the pieces I made during my short-lived insect phase. I was holding a Short-tailed Weasle skull and it reminded me of a Bumblebee so I instantly started building.

 

Species & Parts Used

  • Short-tailed Weasle Skull
  • Owl Monkey Leg Bone
  • Alligator Gar Scales
  • Capybara Sesamoid Bones
  • Gila Monster Osteoderms
  • Veiled Chameleon Ribs