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M. Deyrolle’s Lovely Collection of Taxidermy

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At 200 euros for a simple mounted mouse, Paris' 1831 taxidermy haven is overpriced. It's also bloated with "no photos allowed" signs, and entirely short of anthropomorphic artistry, But it was also glorious. Oh yes, it was in fact Michelle's dream to go... Now if only I could have showed you a photo ...

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CityWeekend Covers AO’s Taxidermy Efforts

Yesterday morning, I exploded with glee when I realized our Pyongyang Too book had been covered in the wonderful Drawn & Quarterly -- a whopping year ago! Now if that wasn't good enough, yesterday was also the release of the new issue of CityWeekend magazine, their back page a very fun article devoted to WooLand, me, ...

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Easter at a Chinese Taxidermy School

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The Last Few Days

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The taxidermy school days ended as they began: just plain weird. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren't Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams On day seven, Teacher Liu defrosted four ...

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Day Seven

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I finished my first animal!!! "Mommy, why can't I go outside and play?" Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren't Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Days Four to Six

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Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren't Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams Mr Zhou's a generous man. He loves to hand out smokes. As Michelle and I ...

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Day Three

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Day One started with flaying a dog, and Day Two started with flaying a baby dog. So when day three started with Teacher Liu saying, over breakfast, "I think you'll do a sheep's head today," I cheered with glee. I almost spilled my bowl of fresh soy milk & nescafe. Intro: Setting the Scene Day ...

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The Second Day

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That first day was a trial. We'd flayed a dog's legs, and worked the bones from the feet.  But that was nothing compared to the second. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren't Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My ...

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The First Day

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"Was he killed?" asked Xiao Li, as he was carefully slicing around the ear, trying to get at the tendon inside. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren't Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few ...

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Off to Taxidermy School

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Woo and I have long shared a love of stuffed animals, so it's time to make it true. This morning, we're driving off to Songzhuang Artists Village with two lads from Harbin for a 10-day taxidermist training workshop. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren't Squirrels Day Three: When The ...

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