Surry Community College May 2010 Competition & Seminars...Chris wanted to learn how to do tarantulas. Tom Voyer was the teacher. Five animals were mounted that day. 3 spiders & 2 scorpions. Chris mounted his tarantula following Tom's instructions and demonstrations. While Tom and another student went on to mount the scorpions, Chris tended to his spider. For an hour. He got a very fine brush...almost like a pipe cleaner...and he groomed each & every one of the spiders legs. There was a live specimen there for reference...(her name is Rosa)...now Chris is not a fan of live spiders. That's an under-statement. Chris <b><u>REALLY doesn't like the dang things</u></b>...but he knows that the best way to make something look alive, is to have something that is alive there to look at...or at least pictures of a live version of what you're mounting. So despite the fact that (I'm pretty sure) his heart was beating faster, he tolerated having Rosa within inches of his hands & face. He even got his flashlight out to look at her eyes. When he compared the eyes on his mount, to the eyes of the live tarantula, he commented "Hers are brighter than mine." Oh my good gravy boats on Sunday morning...the eyes are smaller than the . at the end of a sentence and he wants his to be brighter! I'd never met Chris before. I'd heard of him but hadn't really taken the time to understand what he's about. I feel fortunate to have seen him in action and to have gotten to know him a little. Very cool guy. Seriously though...he groomed it <u>for an hour.</u> It was amazing. I can't imagine the time he spends on deer hair patterns. Here's the pics... Edit: Changed the title of the thread to include the D in his name.