Bone Building Books

Step by Step Guides for the Preparation and Articulation of Animal Skeletons

By Lee Post (a.k.a. Boneman)

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Articulations of a Porpoise Skeleton, Vol. 1

Printed Book-$39 + Shipping

Digital Book-$39

This manual is a step-by-step guide to preparing and articulating a small cetacean skeleton. It is based on the articulation of a harbor porpoise skeleton but is directly applicable to any whale skeleton less than 10-feet long. The manual includes a full set of illustrations of a harbor porpoise skeleton. This is a project that you too can do if you have access to a porpoise or dolphin skeleton. Click on sample pages below.

Printed Manual----$39 plus shipping - 8.5 X 11 inches - cardstock covers with heavy-duty plastic spiral binding. Last revision 2015 - 69 pages 

 

Digital eManual-----$39 -  After purchase, you will receive an email with a link from which you will be able to download your digital book.

Porpoise Skeleton page 6
Porpoise Skeleton Page 26
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The Sperm Whale Engieering Manual, Vol. 2

Sperm Whale Skeleton Book

Printed Book-$39 + Shipping

Sperm Whale Skeleton digital book

Digital Book--$39

It's not like everyone is going to run out and collect a sperm whale, but if you were going to, or if you have a large whale to articulate, this is a printed manual that documents the engineering used to assemble such a big animal. It is based on the engineering done to assemble and suspend a 41-foot sperm whale in the Homer High School (Homer, Alaska) as a collaborative project between the Pratt Museum and the Homer High. Included are student illustrations of the bones and copies of the finest illustrations of sperm whale bones ever done. It now has details of several gray whales I have done since this sperm whale. Click on sample pages below.

 

Printed Manual----$39 plus shipping - 8.5 X 11 inches - cardstock covers with heavy-duty plastic spiral binding. Last revision 2015 - 98 pages

Digital eManual-----$39 - After purchase, you will receive an email with a link from which you will be able to download your digital book. 

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Before you order a digital manual, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE read the notices at the top of the page. Thank you!

The Whale Building Book, Vol. 3

Pinniped Projects, Vol. 4

For those who have a pinniped skeleton or are planning to articulate a seal or sea lion, this is the printed manual for you. Easy step by step instructions with very detailed illustrations of even the flipper bones. This manual is based on multiple pinniped projects, some done with school groups.

 

Printed Manual------$39 plus shipping - Manuals are 8.5 X 11 inches - cardstock covers with heavy-duty plastic spiral binding. Last revised 2018 - 86 pages

Digital eManual-----$39 - After purchase, you will receive an email with a link from which you will be able to download your digital book.

Digital Book--$39

Sea Lion and Seal Digital Book
Sea Lion and Seal Skelton Book

Printed Book--$39 + Shipping

Med. Whale Skeleton Book

Printed Book--$39 + Shipping

Medium Whale Skeleton digital book

Digital Book--$39

This manual is used to prepare and articulate the skeletons of whales larger than a dolphin but smaller than the great whales. It contains the instructions, tips, and methods used for articulating whales from 10 to 25-feet in length, based on the author's 40-year history with whale skeletons of this size range.

 

Printed Manual-----$39 plus shipping - 8.5 X 11 inches, cardstock covers with heavy-duty plastic spiral binding. Last revised 2017 - 86 pages

Digital eManual-----$39 - After purchase, you will receive an email with a link from which you will be able to download your digital book.

Pinniped Skeleton Flipper
Drilling Bones Page
Sea Lion Skull page
Med. Whale Skeleton
Med. Whale Skeleton Book page

The Bird Building Book, Vol. 5

Bird Skeleton Book
Bird Skeleton Digital Book

Printed Book--$39 + Shipping

Digital Book--$39

In a way, this manual is two manuals bound together. The first part is the step by step instructions on preparing and articulating a large bird skeleton with a section on a VERY large bird - ie., Big Bird - ie., an emu. The skeleton used for illustration is mostly an eagle skeleton but the techniques are the same for anything the size of (or larger than) a chicken or a raven - a good classroom project. The second part of the manual is a detailed guide to the bones of a bird with enough labeling and detail to be able to sort a pile of bird bones into the skeletal elements, including which side of the bird each bone came from. This is very helpful information for zooarchaeology students who are working with bird bones.

 

Printed Manual-----$39 plus shipping - 8.5 X 11 inches, cardstock covers with heavy-duty plastic spiral binding. Last revised 2014 - 92 pages

 

Digital eManual-----$39 - After purchase, you will receive an email with a link from which you will be able to download your digital book.

 

 

Bird Skeleton Bone Page
Bird Skeleton Leg Page
Bird Skeleton Bone Labeling Page

The Moose Manual, Vol. 6

Moose/Deer Skeleton Book

Printed Book--$39 + Shipping

Moose/Deer Skeleton Digital Book

Digital Book--$39

This is the manual you want if you are contemplating a skeleton articulation project of a moose - or cow - or horse - or caribou - or buffalo - or deer - or elk - or wildebeest - or any other large hoofed, four-legged mammal. It goes from the cleaning of the bones to the display of the finished skeleton in steps that even students can follow.

 

Printed Manual-----$39 plus shipping - 8.5 X 11 inches - cardstock covers with heavy-duty plastic spiral binding. Last revised 2016 - 92 pages

Digital eManual-----$39 - After purchase, you will receive an email with a link from which you will be able to download your digital book.

Moose Skeleton Materials Page
Moose Skeleton Bone Drilling page
Deer Skeleton Page

Before you order a digital manual, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE read the notices at the top of the page. Thank you!

Building Bear Bone, Vol. 7

Bear Skeleton Book

Printed Book--$39 + Shipping

Bear Skeleton Digital Book

Digital Book--$39

Not a lot of people are going to be articulating bear skeletons, but if you were - this is the manual you would want. Bear skeletons are fascinating because the anatomy of a standing bear is so similar to our own. The skinned-out hands and feet are sometimes turned in as homicide remains. This manual has detailed illustrations of bear bones, including all the carpals, and tarsals from the hands and feet. Just to avoid such confusion it now has comparative illustrations of human vs bear hands and feet. This is the step by step process once used by a grade school to do a museum quality skeletal mount of a bear. Click on sample pages below.
 

 

Printed Manual-----$39 plus shipping - 8.5 X 11 inches - cardstock covers with heavy-duty plastic spiral binding. Last revised 2016 - 89 pages

 

 

Digital eManual-----$39 - After purchase, you will receive an email with a link from which you will be able to download your digital book.

Bear Skeleton Positions Page
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Bear Skeleton Foot Bones

Canine Construction, Vol. 8

Canine Wolf/Dog Skeletons

Printed Book--$39 + Shipping

Wolf/Dog Skeletons Digital Book

Digital Book--$39

Given that it is relatively easy to come by a canid carcass as a possible skeleton project, this is the manual that instructs step by step, what to do next. It is based on the articulation of a wolf but is applicable to any type of canid from a wild wolf to a no longer yapping poodle. It includes a complete set of illustrations of a wolf skeleton, bone-by-bone details of the foot bones, as well as labeled parts and features of many of the bones for reference. Click on sample pages below.

 

Printed Manual-----$39 plus shipping - 8.5 X 11 inches - cardstock covers with heavy-duty plastic spiral binding. Last revised 2016 - 83 pages

 

Digital eManual-----$39 - After purchase, you will receive an email with a link from which you will be able to download your digital book.

Wolf/Dog Skeleton Feet Bones
Wolf/Dog Skeleton Sections Page
Wolf/Dog Skeleton Neck Bones Page

The Small Mammal Manual Manuscript, Vol. 9

Small Mammal Skeletons Book

Printed Book--$39 + Shipping

Cat Skeletons Digital Book

Digital Book--$39

This manual is about the techniques for the articulation of mammals smaller than a wolf, using a lynx and a sea otter as primary examples, and details (especially of the feet) from other small mammals that commonly get articulated - including the raccoon, beaver, nutria, rabbit, and now opossum. A brief write-up about the oxidization of preparing a ligamentary skeleton is included.

 

Printed Manual-----$39 plus shipping - 8.5 X 11 inches - cardstock covers with heavy-duty plastic spiral binding. Last revised 2018 -103 pages

 

 

Digital eManual-----$39 - After purchase, you will receive an email with a link from which you will be able to download your digital book.

Sea Otter Skeletons Page
Sea Otter Skeleton Vertebrae Page
Sea Otter Skeleton Foot Bones Page

Bonebuilder's Notebook, Vol. 10

Bone Builder's Notebook

Printed Book--$55 + Shipping

Bone Builder's Notebook Digital Book

Digital Book--$39

This manual is a companion reference book to any of the other bone-building manuals. Volumes 1 through 9 are step-by-step skeleton articulation guides of individual animal groups; Bone Builder's Notebook tells the rest of the story. If you work with bones or desire to work with bones, this is the answer book to questions you may have about preparing bones or skeletons for use in collections, or for display. It details how to acquire bones, the different options for cleaning, degreasing, and whitening bones, the tools and materials used for articulating skeletons, and includes sections on identifying and siding mammal bones, osteology vocabulary, and reference books. Whether you are a bone enthusiast or a museum professional, this manual has the information pertaining to bone-work that has been virtually impossible to find in print - until now.

 

 

Printed Manual-----$55 plus shipping - 8.5 X 11 inches - cardstock covers with heavy-duty plastic spiral binding. Last revised 2018 - 149 pages

 

 

Digital eManual-----$39 - After purchase, you will receive an email with a link from which you will be able to download your digital book.

Table of Contents Bone Builder's Notebook
Wolf Skeleton Page
Lynx Skeleton Page

Also by Lee Post

Bone Guide To Selected Land Mammals

Bone Guide to Selected Land Mammals of the Northwestern States

Printed Book--$55 + Shipping

Bone Guide Digital Book

Digital Book--$39

This manual is a collection of illustrations of the bones of 31 different land mammals. This was done as a reference guide for zooarchaeology students but will be indispensable for anyone desiring to identify bones from these mammals. This manual does not have step by step instructions on how to articulate animal skeletons. Click on sample pages below.

 

Printed Manual-----$55 plus shipping - 8.5 X 11 inches - cardstock covers with heavy-duty plastic spiral binding. Last revised 2016,143 pages of illustrations

 

Digital eManual-----$39 - After purchase, you will receive an email with a link from which you will be able to download your digital book.

Bone Guide Table of Contents
Skeleton Guide Page
Rabbit Skeleton Bone Guide

By Matt Crockett

Anatomy and Articulation of a Horse Skeleton

Horse Skeleton Digital Book

Digital Book (only)--$25

This is a printable digital manual that Matt Crockett, an attorney from Dallas, Texas, created after he cleaned and assembled a horse skeleton in 2016, following the methods illustrated in The Moose Manual. The end result, besides a beautifully finished horse skeleton, was a digital manual in which he documented photographically and in writing, step by step how the skeleton was articulated. Matt has included invaluable photos on the identification, placement, and siding of the bones specific to the horse which are not covered in the moose building manual. He has offered the manual as an eManual for $25 with $20 of it to be donated to the Pratt Museum of Natural History in Homer, Alaska. Matt visited the Pratt Museum when he came to Homer in the summer of 2016. The Pratt Museum was the origin of my bone building experiences and has several of my first skeletal articulations still on display. The Bone-Building Manuals were originally written in response to teachers and educators who saw what we were doing at the museum and wanted to know how they too could do such projects in their classrooms.

 

$25 - 62 pages  After purchase, you will receive an email with a link from which you will be able to download your digital book.

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August 1, 2020