Bird and Animal Skulls

Window in my office. Various birds on left. On right, from top down: raccoon. big bobcat, small bobcat, fox. I use industrial strength hydrogen peroxide to bleach bones white. Never use Clorox; it eats away the bones.

About Lloyd Kahn

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:

2 Responses to Bird and Animal Skulls

  1. Nice collection!
    I recently brought home my first skull; a seagull from the beach. It was mostly picked clean, but I read that I could soak it for a while in water and enzymes before using peroxide to bleach it. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

  2. Nice collection and a great way to learn zoology/nat history. for inspiration, if you haven't already, I rec. checking out both Ray Bandar, great skull collector whose specimens were featured in the (pre "improved") cal academy "skulls" exhibit, see -as well as- Mark Elbroch: Animal Skulls: A Guide to North American Species. As always thanks for lettin' us all stop by your world, Lloyd. – a fan

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