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Still life: A woman in a male-dominated job, Amy Ritchie bestows immortality (access required)

By Sam Boykin The animal that propelled Amy Ritchie into her life’s work was a king snake, a name too lofty for what he looked like before she turned him into a belt. The king was road kill. Ritchie was 13 when she found the snake squashed alongside the blacktop, and being able to give him a purpose in death captivated her. Soon, she asked her father, Ned, whose paper route required him to drive a lot, to bring home other flattened critters. Ritchie read books and went online to teach herself the art of skinning and mounting dead animals. She did her work in the family’s attic. “I started out,” she said, “doing squirrels, possums and rats.”

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  1. So proud of Amy! As a child, she was always so creative and talented. I am so thrilled that she has had the opportunity to do what she loves and to be so successful at it. She is an inspiration to me, and to all homeschoolers! Lisa Robinette (Amy’s proud Mom) :)

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