Bone Exhibition @ the Florence Nightingale Museum

An exhibition has started today and runs to 31 August 2012 which looks just up my street It’s called “Bone” and it’s taking place at:

Florence Nightingale Museum

Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 5pm

Address: Florence Nightingale Museum, 2 Lambeth Palace Road London SE1 7EW

Website: www.florence-nightingale.co.uk

Contacts: 020 7620 0374, info@florence-nightingale.co.uk

Would love to get to see the show or to find out who they have commissioned as the contemporary bone carvers for the exhibition.

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Bone Carving Exhibition

 

Went to the preview evening last night of the Flux exhibition at the Courthouse in Thirsk where I am showing a range of bone carvings.

A great venue with an open and well naturaly lit space with an eficient and friendly reception helping the evening along.

Well worth a visit if you are in the Thirsk area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Address:
The Old Courthouse
4 Westgate,
Thirsk,
North Yorkshire
YO7 1QS

Stage 1 Complete.

I was pleased to see that a bag and a half of coal would keep awash tub full of water and all associated body bits simmering for 8-10 hours. This softens the flesh and fat and makes it easier to remove. Then after leaving the resulting soup for a further 2 days they were ready just to remove the remaing of the bits with your hands.

The result of the rendering, is our first tray of bones

I will be interested to experiment with some of these as I have never worked with bones such as ribs or the spinal column as there is not the same amount of bulk raw material that you find in the leg bones. I am also looking forward to having a go with those because Cyril is possibly the largest ox I have ever had the pleasure to have bones from.

Preparing the Bones.

The main problem ahead is the sheer scale of the ox carcass. I have only ever had to prepare a few bones at a time, as and when the need for raw materials arises. I very quickly came to realise that the large catering pan that I normaly use for boiling bones would not be up to the job in hand.

Fortunately with a flash of inspiration that even Heath Robinson would have been proud of I realised that all the ingredients needed to rig a temporary rendering plant were already to hand.

With some paving slabs, a double stainless steel sink unit and an old galvanised steel wash tub and bin lid that I already had laying around all I needed to get on with the job was some smokeless fuel.

I just love the way that the world works in those mysterious ways at times. Imagine my suprise when I got home and realised that fuel I had bought to boil an ox was “Oxbow Excel”.