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This is the guy who will be stuffing my bird.


Bryan is a fantastic artist who loves his job. He kind of fell into it when, as a teen, he'd shot a magnificent pheasant and knew a woman who did taxidermy. He gave her the bird, and she gave him a completely different pheasant in return. He was pretty upset, and a friend of his, who worked for the lady, grabbed his bird from the freezer; it was labeled with his name and everything. The woman just didn't want to be stuck with a crappy-looking bird, so she tried to pass it off as his.


Bryan took the bird home and researched how to stuff it, wound up using crumpled newspapers. The whole artistry of creating the scene for the bird hooked him, and he's been doing this for his whole life. He can honestly say he loves what he does every day, and not many people can say that.


This is the thirty-seventh in my 100 Strangers project. Find out more at 100 Strangers.


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Taken on February 28, 2010