If you've always wanted to learn how to taxidermy an ethically-obtained rabbit, you're in luck. An upcoming class will guide you through the process, and you'll get to take your finished piece home at the end of the day.
The class is taught by Mickey Alice Kwapis, who obliterates any lingering doubts about taxidermy's hipster cachet. On her website, you can read about her commitment to "ethical" taxidermy, or just look at the odd pictures of her holding dead snakes while wearing lacy lingerie.
Lacy lingerie aside, the twenty-something brunette is genuinely passionate about the ethics of her craft. Students are encouraged to take home the carcasses to preserve the hearts, eat the meat, or ground the bones to make fertilizer. And if you can't see yourself grinding up animal bones to feed your herb garden, Kwapis will send unwanted carcasses to others in her taxidermy community who gladly will.
Cutting into a frozen rat feels like slicing a frozen banana. That's the worst part, really, the first cut — and the pervasive dead rat smell. After that cut, fascination sets in, the awe of gently pulling aside the (hairy) curtain and seeing what's inside the creature in front of you. If you do it right, the process is not bloody. It simply takes patience and dexterity with both a scalpel and a sewing needle.