Help Me With My Glossary!

Hi, folks! I am still working on the manuscript for Vulture Culture 101; I had to take a bit of a break to wrap up my festival vending schedule for the summer, but now that things are quieting down some I have more writing time. As of this blog post the rough draft of the book is over 35,000 words and I still have plenty to say and share with my readers.

One of the things I’m including is a Vulture Culture-related glossary. While some of the terms are in regards to general natural history, others are more specific to Vulture-ish activities. Here’s what I have so far:

Brain tan
Cape (as in taxidermy)
Case skin (also barrel skin)
Dermestid beetle
Dry tan
Natural history
Open skin (also abdominal cut)
Vulture Culture
Wet Specimen
Wet tan

What else do you think I should include? Should I put in really basic terms like “bone” or “pelt”? Comment with your suggestions, and thank you 🙂

Vulture Culture 101: What Do You Want To See in a Book on Vulture Culture?


Hi, all! I am pleased to announce my next book project: Vulture Culture 101: A Book For People Who Like Dead Things!

What compels me and many other people to fill our homes with the preserved remains of animals, and how can you join in the fun? Vulture Culture 101: A Book For People Who Like Dead Things explores the modern revival in acquiring, preserving and creating art with these natural specimens. More than just a book on taxidermy, it explores such diverse topics as the roots of Vulture Culture, where to get specimens, what’s legal and what isn’t, how to identify what you’ve got, and so much more! And for those willing to roll their sleeves up and get their hands dirty, there’ll be how-tos on tanning, bone cleaning and other preparation work.

You can find out more about the work-in-progress, to include a working outline, at the official website, If you want the chance to read excerpts as I work on the manuscript, which is very close to 30,000 words now, consider becoming my Patron on Patreon at for as little as $1/month and get access to the Patron-only feed!

In the meantime, I have a very important question for you: What would you like to see in a book about Vulture Culture? You can reply here, or email me at lupa(at) – and thank you 🙂