The manuals (volumes 1 through 9) are heavily illustrated with black and white ink drawings (which I also confess
doing) and often have details precise enough to help in zoo archaeological identification of animal bones. The
manuals are based on over thirty years of bone-work, much of it with students and teachers. The language is
simple, the illustrations numerous, and the humor can be corny, but with these manual seven you can do a museum
quality skeletal articulation project with tools and materials available-even in the smallest towns-and on a budget that
even a public school teacher can afford.
The Bone Building Books have been created from my, often undecipherable hand written notes by Mary, my partner and computer-graphic whiz. These manuals are published
by a very small press; i.e., myself. As self-published manuals, they are not exempt from having mistakes. They are also prone to have illustrations that I sometimes will look at
after a manual has been printed and think, "I could do that one better." Being my own illustrator, I sometimes do. Being that these are manuals with a very limited sales appeal (I
don't anticipate Random House to ever come knocking at my door), I have been having them printed in very small press runs. Consequently, it is fairly easy to revise and correct
and amend the books as I feel the need or desire. That makes the manuals essentially all works in perpetual progress, constantly in flux and possibly never totally finished as long
as they are in my control. Thus, check this website for information about newer versions.

If you get stuck or have questions or comments, I welcome hearing from you. Please write to:

Happy Bone Building!
These books are a series of manuals (each one dedicated to a different group of animals) explaining how to
clean, prepare, and articulate the skeleton of that animal in a (hopefully) simple step by step manner.
Each manual, heavily illustrated with black and white drawings, is suitable for teachers and students
desiring to do a museum quality skeleton on a limited budget.
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Step by step guides for the preparation
and articulation of animal skeletons.
BY LEE POST (a.k.a. Boneman)
The Bone Builder's Notebook (volume 10) is the companion reference book to any of the other bone building
manuals. If you work with bones, or desire to work with bones, this is the answer book to questions you may
To Selected Land Mammals of the Northwestern States.
For the last 25 Alaska Winters I have been illustrating animal bones from different views. Some of these illustrations have made their way into the Bone
Building Books. It has been apparent that some bone enthusiasts have been collecting these manuals just for the illustrations and not because they had any
intent of building a skeleton. So, for those who just want it for the pictures (sorry no centerfold) - for the first time - here is a collection of just the bone
illustrations. These are arranged by species, of 28 different land mammals from the Northwestern states.

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have about preparing bones or skeletons for use in collections, or for display. The Bone Builder's Notebook details how to acquire bones, the different options for cleaning,
degreasing, and whitening bones, the tools and materials used for articulating skeletons, and includes a section for identifying and siding mammal bones, osteology vocabulary,
and reference books. Whether you are a bone enthusiast or a museum professional, this manual has the rest of the information pertaining to bone-work.