Shells, Skulls from Beach Last Night

Not sure about the big skull (which animal, that it). I’m going to bleach it in hydrogen peroxide. The seagull skull is a nice one, going to get it stripped down and bleach. I want to retain the yellow color of the beak. Most of the shells shown here are these thin translucent wafers. They have slight iridescence like abalone shell colors. I’ve strung them together to make windchimes. I don’t know what they are, can’t find them in our books on seashells.

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Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

7 Responses to Shells, Skulls from Beach Last Night

  1. hey now Lloyd,
    them thar shells you found look like Anomia perviana , common name : pearly jingle
    and a few might be the green false-jingle , or Pododesmus macroschisma .
    my partner has been collecting these for years along the sonoma, mendo and humboldt coast for years , thats how i found out about them.
    happy collectin'

  2. Greetings Lloyd,

    Those beauties are oyster shells in all their resplendent decay. I have collected these for my ma for years here on the Salish Sea. Thank you for your inspiring and life-giving blog.


  3. Uncoated,
    You're right. Pretty sure it's a wild boar, not domestic pig. Thanks! It's been buried in my compost pile for 6 months now, next step is to bleach it with sttong hydrogen peroxide.

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