[E–pub/E–book] The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century

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free read The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB review ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ò Kirk Wallace Johnson Rian art of salmon fly tying Once inside the museum the champion fly tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's Alfred Russel Wallace who'd risked everything to gather them and escaped into the darkness Two years later Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly fishing guide told him about the heist He was soon consumed by the strange case of the f. FLY A fishhook dressed as with feathers or tinsel to suggest an insectWhile not a fly fisherman I myself am an avid fisherman The author Kirk Johnson was fly fishing with a friend several years ago when he learned the fascinating and bizarre story of a young American man named Edwin Rist At the age of 20 Edwin broke into the British Museum of Natural History s ornithological building and stole 299 rare bird specimens skins Many of these birds had been collected by the famous naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace who was a contemporary of Charles Darwin Edwin was a music student in England and was an accomplished flautist with a bright future ahead of him playing professionally in Berlin upon graduation Why on earth would a gifted flute player commit such an odd crime as specimen theft from a museumIn THE FEATHER THIEF Kirk Wallace Johnson superbly weaves history art fishing and colorful personalities into a completely engrossing true crime adventure I knew of course about trout flies used for fishing and how they are tied and crafted with materials to resemble various kinds of insects However I had never heard of the art of Victorian Salmon Fly tying This type of fly tying is really seen as an intricate art form and most salmon fly tiers do not even fish And while trout flies are uite small Salmon flies are much larger and when completed can sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars There is also a great salmon fly tiers fraternity featuring shows and competitions At an early age Edwin Rist was not only obsessed with becoming a master flautist but also becoming the greatest salmon fly tier in the world Both he and his brother Anton had discovered this hobby as boys were given lessons and worked voraciously to perfect their craft Of course the main component of salmon fly tying is bird feathers And historically not just any old feathers will do The earliest salmon fly tiers used feathers form the Birds of Paradise the Resplendent uetzel the Blue Chatterer and the Indian Crow among many others At the end of the 19th century bird populations world wide dropped so dramatically from over harvesting mostly for ladies hats that conservation groups were finally formed and helped to put an end to the mass slaughter and importexport of certain birds Flash forward to the 21st century when salmon fly tying was still popular but it was very difficult to obtain exotic bird skins Naturally many tiers substituted common species or used dyed feathers from domestic fowl But there was still an open market to buy the feathers of rarer birds and packets of Indian Crow or Blue Chatterer feathers could sell for hundreds of dollars on the internet So in his obsession to possess the finest bird skins in the world Edwin Rist visited the Tring museum north of London and began devising a plan to steal rare bird skins for himself as well as to sell to others At the time Edwin had worked very hard to indeed become one of the greatest fly tiers in the world Would his plan be successful or an ultimate failure Read THE FEATHER THIEF to discover for yourself What a mesmerizing and absorbing story I look forward to the next book by Kirk Wallace Johnson Gargoyles of Gaylord Michigan Chillers used for fishing and how they are tied and crafted with materials to resemble various kinds of insects However I had never heard of the art of Victorian Salmon Fly tying This type of fly tying is really seen as an intricate art form and most salmon fly tiers do not even fish And while trout flies are Yellow Brick War uite small Salmon flies are much larger and when completed can sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars There is also a great salmon fly tiers fraternity featuring shows and competitions At an early age Edwin Rist was not only obsessed with becoming a master flautist but also becoming the greatest salmon fly tier in the world Both he and his brother Anton had discovered this hobby as boys were given lessons and worked voraciously to perfect their craft Of course the main component of salmon fly tying is bird feathers And historically not just any old feathers will do The earliest salmon fly tiers The Complete Excuses Handbook The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Blame and Shirking Responsibility for All Your Own Miserable Failings and Sloppy Mistakes used feathers form the Birds of Paradise the Resplendent Lawrence Ferlinghetti versei uetzel the Blue Chatterer and the Indian Crow among many others At the end of the 19th century bird populations world wide dropped so dramatically from over harvesting mostly for ladies hats that conservation groups were finally formed and helped to put an end to the mass slaughter and importexport of certain birds Flash forward to the 21st century when salmon fly tying was still popular but it was very difficult to obtain exotic bird skins Naturally many tiers substituted common species or A Coney Island of the Mind Poems used dyed feathers from domestic fowl But there was still an open market to buy the feathers of rarer birds and packets of Indian Crow or Blue Chatterer feathers could sell for hundreds of dollars on the internet So in his obsession to possess the finest bird skins in the world Edwin Rist visited the Tring museum north of London and began devising a plan to steal rare bird skins for himself as well as to sell to others At the time Edwin had worked very hard to indeed become one of the greatest fly tiers in the world Would his plan be successful or an Fearful Hunter #1 ultimate failure Read THE FEATHER THIEF to discover for yourself What a mesmerizing and absorbing story I look forward to the next book by Kirk Wallace Johnson

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The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century

free read The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB review ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ò Kirk Wallace Johnson Eather thief What would possess a person to steal dead birds Had Edwin paid the price for his crime What became of the missing skins In his search for answers Johnson was catapulted into a years long worldwide investigation The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime and one man's relentless pursuit of justice The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature. What an adventure centered around the dedication of the author to try to rectify a theft from the Natural History Museum in Tring England The thief had an obsession with obtaining rare bird feathers for making fishing lures but not necessarily to fish with Apparently there is a group of people who will pay tons of money for the rarest of bird feathers to create these lures despite the fact that these birds are killed for this very purpose There is a lot of history in this book on the destruction of animals especially birds especially for fashion and the exclusivity of ownership This is a true crime fascinating journey to attempt to bring to justice the feather thief who manages to manipulate and evade the conseuences that he deserved

review ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ò Kirk Wallace Johnson

free read The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB review ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ò Kirk Wallace Johnson On a cool June evening in 2009 after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music twenty year old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession the Victo. An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person Yet is any crime without a victim Each reader would come up with a different list of who or what was affected by the events that are related in this book Perhaps not as disturbing as the loss of life or a brutal rape or abuse but still a story of devastating loss I could not summarize what this book is about better than this uote from author Kirk Wallace Johnson Initially the story of the Tring heist filled with uirky and obsessive individuals strange birds curio filled museums archaic fly recipes Victorian hats plume smugglers grave robbers and at the heart of it all a flute playing thief had been a welcome diversion from the unrelenting pressure of my work with refugees It is always fascinating to hear where the idea of a book is born In the above uote Johnson refers to his work with refugees this being his way of righting a wrong he saw first hand in his job reconstructing the Irai city of Fallujah Overtired he walked out a window which he refers to as a PTSD triggered fugue state in which he nearly died While recovering he launched a non profit to help the refugees but when he needed a break it was trout fishing that provided relaxation uietly fishing the Red River in Taos New Mexico with fly fishing guide Spencer Seim he first heard the name Edwin Rist one of the best fly tiers on the planet who Seim went on to say broke into the British Museum of Natural History just to get birds for these flies This one brief conversation soon became an obsession with Johnson to find out the true story what really happened during the robbery at Tring where drawers of bird specimens came to be stored during World War II in the mansion of Lord Walter Rothschild What motivated Rist an American talented musician and fly tier to commit this crime The outcome the finished book proved to be all that I love in narrative non fiction It is a detailed exploration of not only the history of the intricacy and craft of ties and their creators but also the background of the birds their role in evolution the beauty of their plumes which were used for fashion almost to the extinction of some species imagine a shawl made from 8000 Hummingbird skins and the uest to ensure their continued existence My craving for adventure came in the story of Alfred Russell Wallace a contemporary of Darwin whose first expedition to collect specimens in exotic places ended with all being lost in a ship fire Eight years of perseverance netted Wallace many species including 8050 birds which were sold to the British Museum Extensive research and the interweaving of these themes by Johnson kept The Feather Thief from being mundane instead it was thrillingly captivating It is bound to be one of my favorite books not only of 2018 but of all time I only wish there had been photos of the birds whose feathers were a primary picture of the story The many birding guides on my shelf satisfied my thirst for the splendor of these magnificent creatures


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  • Paperback
  • 336
  • The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century
  • Kirk Wallace Johnson
  • English
  • 14 October 2019
  • 9781101981634