Taxidermy: A Way To Keep From Wasting 'What Nature Had Given Us' : The Two-WayFor him and many others, it's "an instinctive desire to replicate or try to reestablish the beauty of nature," says the organizer of the just-finished World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships.
What is it that attracts Blomquist and others to taxidermy?
"Many, many of us just love to hunt and fish," Blomquist told Melissa. "I started with squirrel hunting. ... When I'd skin my animals to prepare them for the kitchen or give to my mother to cook, I did not want to throw away the skin. I wanted to utilize it. ... Most taxidermists have that instinctive desire to replicate or try to reestablish the beauty of nature."
From those like him, Blomquist said, "we didn't want to waste what nature had given us."
Melissa Block speaks with Larry Blomquist
There's much more from their conversation on today's edition of All Things Considered. Click here to find an NPR station that broadcasts or streams the show. We'll add the as-broadcast version to the top of this post later.