Stuffed Rabbits


Dingus
#1
I reenact a Tudor commoner, and to add some "business" for visitors, I want to play a poacher and so am looking for some realistic dead rabbits. These can either be real stuffed specimens, or realistic fakes, but I am having trouble finding anyone who can supply. Is there anyone out there who can advise please?
 
petros
#2
Try a taxidermist.
 
YukonJack
#3
Taxidermy? Read the book by C.J. Box titled "In plain sight".

Sorry to have given up the plot!?
 
Dingus
#4
Taxidermist specimens are either 1. Mounted or posed, or 2. Stiff as a board. I need something that is pliable and looks "just killed".
 
Cliffy
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by Dingus View Post

Taxidermist specimens are either 1. Mounted or posed, or 2. Stiff as a board. I need something that is pliable and looks "just killed".

If you are anywhere near the 401 in Ontario, you should be able to find quite a few. You should be able to find fresh road kill on any given day. Harvest as needed.
 
petros
+1
#6  Top Rated Post
Quote: Originally Posted by Dingus View Post

Taxidermist specimens are either 1. Mounted or posed, or 2. Stiff as a board. I need something that is pliable and looks "just killed".

Hmmmm. Did you try knitting little rabbit bonnets for cats?


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Nuggler
#7
I have a rubber chicken or two you're welcome to. Glue some ears on 'em.

 
petros
+1
#8
 
karrie
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by Dingus View Post

Taxidermist specimens are either 1. Mounted or posed, or 2. Stiff as a board. I need something that is pliable and looks "just killed".

A good taxidermist should be able to create what you need. It's just a matter of treatments and fillings being tweaked for the effect.
 
Zan
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

rofl!!!
 
Dingus
#11
LOL. You rotten lot. I KNEW I'd get some weird answers, but you HAVE brightened up my evening (loved the pics). Cheers Karrie I will explore the taxidermy option further as I haven't resorted to knitting yet.
 
CDNBear
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by Dingus View Post

LOL. You rotten lot. I KNEW I'd get some weird answers...

You have no idea...

Hence why I refrained from posting about the purchase of duct tape and Vaseline.
 
petros
#13
I'm sorry but I couldn't resist.

It might be pricey but try an animatronics outfit.
 
Dingus
#14
The mind boggles!
 
Cliffy
#15
Or staple a real set of rabbit ears to a cat.
 
Dingus
#16
I have found a film and TV props compant that o exactly what I'm looking for but only for hire (15 per) not to buy which is what I'm looking for. Cheers!

Don't know where you are, but in the news a few days ago was a pet rabbit who had had its ears burned off by some ..... person.
 
karrie
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by Dingus View Post

LOL. You rotten lot. I KNEW I'd get some weird answers, but you HAVE brightened up my evening (loved the pics). Cheers Karrie I will explore the taxidermy option further as I haven't resorted to knitting yet.

It seems to me something you could fill the body of with lentils once complete would create the desired 'limp rabbit' effect.
 
Dingus
#18
Not a bad idea thanks (its gotta be better than stapling bunny ears to a cat). I'll let you know how I get on. There are plenty of places I can get rabbit pelts from, but a whole skin is proving difficult.
 
karrie
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by Dingus View Post

Not a bad idea thanks (its gotta be better than stapling bunny ears to a cat). I'll let you know how I get on. There are plenty of places I can get rabbit pelts from, but a whole skin is proving difficult.

Check around local farming communities... someone usually always has a warren that's gotten out of hand.
 
Dingus
#20
I have put the word out. My son helps with the culling of deer on various estates so he i also asking some of his contacts for some rabbits which can be skinned in their entirety. Fingers crossed. I reenat at a place called Kentwell Hall. Feel free to google Kentwell to see what we do.
 
CDNBear
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by Dingus View Post

I have put the word out. My son helps with the culling of deer on various estates so he i also asking some of his contacts for some rabbits which can be skinned in their entirety. Fingers crossed. I reenat at a place called Kentwell Hall. Feel free to google Kentwell to see what we do.

If you need tips on skinning and tanning hides, let me know, I do both.
 
Dingus
#22
That's great, I may well take you up on that CDNBear. I have discovered that the Tudor way of tanning was to mash up the rabbits brain (lovely) and rub it into the skin. Is this something you have come across?
 
CDNBear
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by Dingus View Post

That's great, I may well take you up on that CDNBear. I have discovered that the Tudor way of tanning was to mash up the rabbits brain (lovely) and rub it into the skin. Is this something you have come across?

Ya, that's brain tanning.

Are you a strict re-enactor?

I have a couple friends here who do re-enacting, and such. Some won't do anything but time period processes, where others will cheat.

Equal parts rubbing alcohol and turpentine will cure a rabbit hide in no time, and leave the fur just fine. Although it take a while to get the smell out, lol. Sometimes brain will loosen the fur.
 
karrie
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by Dingus View Post

That's great, I may well take you up on that CDNBear. I have discovered that the Tudor way of tanning was to mash up the rabbits brain (lovely) and rub it into the skin. Is this something you have come across?

brain works well. A more conventional approach is crisco. Either way, it's rubbing fat into the skin.
 
Dingus
#25
I try to be strict but its not a religion. If something works then why not?

Sorry - what is crisco?
 
karrie
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by Dingus View Post

I try to be strict but its not a religion. If something works then why not?

Sorry - what is crisco?

vegetable shortening.
 
Dingus
#27
Ok thanks. Never heard of it. It is probably called something different here in Enland.
 
karrie
#28
yeah, crisco's a brand name... I didn't even think.
 
Dingus
#29
No probs. Its been good talking with you. Thanks again for your info.
 
Goober
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by Dingus View Post

No probs. Its been good talking with you. Thanks again for your info.


Try lard - another name for it.

Quote: Originally Posted by karrie View Post

yeah, crisco's a brand name... I didn't even think.

Karrie - I think that after reading your post and mine we are and should be named as the co-discoverers of where the term Lard Ass comes from.

Teamwork - Thats what teamwork does.