preparation and preservation
of natural materials and objects
The preservation of the various things and materials found in nature has always played an important role in my life. A lack of knowledge hampered me when I was younger (rotten lizards stink of ammonia, in case you were wondering) but as the years have gone on I've gathered the necessary information to prepare and preserve nigh any interesting thing I'm likely to run into. My accumulated knowledge resides below; if there's anything you perceive to be erroneous or suitable for improvement, please email me and we'll fight about it.
If there's anything that's missing, please email me for that as well. Odds are I won't know about it but I know lots of weird, creepy scientists who may.
- the preparation of wood
- pressing leaves and flowers
- catching and preserving arthropods
- preserving vertebrates in alcohol
- animal bones: carcass to bare bones
- animal bones: building the skeleton
- tanning the hides of small mammals
- preparation of dropped antlers
- flattening shed snake skin
- laminating thin specimens
- preserving solid objects from the sea
- preserving pyrite fossils