How to Carve a Squirrel
If you’re wondering how to carve a squirrel, you can get some great ideas from the following videos: Corey Lancaster carving a large oak from a willow. You can also learn from the ‘Spirit Squirrel’ carving kit, by George Hurst. It is an easy way to create a great looking squirrel. Just be sure to keep in mind that drilling the squirrel can be a bit rough, so you’ll want to choose an uncut pumpkin.
Corey Lancaster carves a squirrel from a willow large oak
If you’ve ever visited Raleigh, NC, you might have seen Berkeley the Squirrel. Sculpted from a ninety foot oak tree, the squirrel stands guard in Nash Square. The piece was commissioned by Raleigh resident Corey Lancaster. Lancaster gathered scraps from various local businesses and salvaged the tree’s trunk. The resulting sculpture was a perfect fit for the square.
After completing the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail, Corey Lancaster carved a squirrel from a willow large-oak in 2012. The artist had been working in a restaurant for the last four years and soon realized he didn’t want to do that type of work forever. After spending six months by himself, he carved out a new dream. He began training as a chainsaw artist and eventually opened his own gallery, Boon Hill Gallery, in Princeton, NC.
George Hurst’s ‘Spirit Squirrel’ carving kit
Squirrels are relatively forgettable and have little symbolism in human culture. They scamper in parks and fields, on the periphery of human consciousness. But their corpses are abundant and make for good taxidermy subjects. Beginners should start with a squirrel for practice. Luckily, they aren’t endangered and they make for a great subject!
What is the best way to carve a squirrel?
The best way to carve a squirrel is by using a sharp knife and cutting along the grain of the meat.
How do you remove the skin from a squirrel?
The skin of a squirrel can be removed by using a sharp knife to carefully peel it away from the meat.
What is the best way to cook a squirrel?
The best way to cook a squirrel is by roasting it over an open fire.
How do you clean a squirrel?
The best way to clean a squirrel is by gutting it and then washing it in clean water.
What parts of a squirrel can be eaten?
All parts of a squirrel can be eaten including the meat organs and bones.
Is it safe to eat squirrel meat?
Yes it is safe to eat squirrel meat as long as it is cooked properly.
What are the benefits of eating squirrel meat?
Squirrel meat is a lean source of protein that is also low in fat and calories.
What are the risks of eating squirrel meat?
If squirrel meat is not cooked properly it could contain harmful bacteria that could make you sick.
How can I tell if a squirrel is cooked properly?
A squirrel is cooked properly when the meat is white all the way through and there is no pink visible.
How do I store cooked squirrel meat?
Cooked squirrel meat can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Can I freeze cooked squirrel meat?
Yes cooked squirrel meat can be frozen for up to six months.
What is the shelf life of cooked squirrel meat?
The shelf life of cooked squirrel meat is three days when stored in the refrigerator and six months when stored in the freezer.
How can I tell if squirrel meat has gone bad?
Squirrel meat that has gone bad will have a sour smell and will be discolored.
What should I do with squirrel meat that has gone bad?
Squirrel meat that has gone bad should be thrown out and not eaten.
Where can I buy squirrel meat?
Squirrel meat can be bought at some butcher shops and specialty stores.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.