Bone collector opens museum: 100 skulls, human skeletons

Bone collector opens museum: 100 skulls, human skeletons | Pro Club Bd

This local Skullspawn has a new home for its massive inventory.

Amidst the nightspots and street art of Brooklyn’s hip Bushwick is now a shop that, according to its owner, houses one of the largest collections of human bones in the United States.

“It’s an extremely big move for the company,” medical salesman Jon Pichaya Ferry, 22, told The Post of moving his anatomical education and supply company JonsBones from his Williamsburg home to his new 175-square-foot commercial space at 44 Stewart Ave ., in the heart of the hip district. “The spine finally has room to breathe.”

The “back wall” is his collection of 120 spines that used to be displayed on two walls in his home office and are now neatly arranged in a gradient over his shop’s black faux leather couch. The spines form just part of Ferry’s extensive $500,000 collection of human remains. He also has nearly 100 skulls, eight full skeletons, and various rare items including phantom and blast skulls – the latter showing detailed aspects of the human head. (The Natural History Museum, he notes, has “an extensive collection of other bones” and fossils, but only shows the skeletal remains of two humans — and they’re primates.)

Ferry’s collection currently includes eight complete skeletons.
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Jonsbones Bushwick store opening
The spinal wall.
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Most of his specimens were passed to him by doctors, medical professionals, and individual vendors who were faced with bones they didn’t know what to do with and how to legally dispose of. His passion for the macabre trade began when he was 15 when his father gave him a rat skeleton. By the time Ferry, a full-time student studying product design at Parsons, had one year left in college, his team had grown enough that he decided to start a business from his dorm room. JonsBones has since moved five times.

“I don’t trust any movers at all, so I personally moved everything by hand with mine [six-person] team,” Ferry said of the recent move, which required 17 trips all completed in a single day. “It took months of preparatory work, and not a single tooth was broken, not a single sternum was broken.”

All of his bones are decent, Ferry insists, but he’s still regularly inundated with criticism on social media from haters who believe his deadly decor is somehow unethical. However, his clients are quick to defend him and his passion for making the remains more accessible to academics, medical professionals and search and rescue workers alike.

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One of Ferry’s exploded skull specimens, a model made to better see the individual parts of the human head.
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Jonsbones Bushwick store opening
Once Ferry graduates from college next year, he plans to maintain regular hours at his new premises.
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“I’ve been a chiropractor for 30 years, and when I went to school, the medical specimens that we studied and learned from were real specimens,” said Virginia-based chiropractor Dr. David Block explained to The Post that over the last few decades, the medical community has moved away from having students study with real human bones and is using cheaper 3D printed ones instead.

Block came across Ferry’s website while looking for the right offer for his 22-year-old daughter, who is currently “learning about plastic” in medical school.

“I was able to get a human spine and a couple of skulls that my daughter uses for studies,” Block said, calling the plastic models “a disservice — when I’m touching people and need to understand the nuances of each bone that comes into contact with real specimens.” made a big difference for me.”

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A small selection of the nearly 100 skulls currently in Ferry’s collection.
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Jonsbones Bushwick store opening
An exterior shot of 44 Stewart Ave. in Bushwick, where JonsBones is now based alongside numerous other small businesses.
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Other customers commented that Ferry is uniquely online and accessible in an industry defined by inaccessible universities.

“He responds very well to people like me who need good, quality stuff to train our dogs on,” Texas Search and Rescue’s K9 handler Joe Huston told The Post. “Five, six years ago I met a lady who said she was getting bones in New York. I reached out to Jon, bought the bones from him and they were all as advertised.”

With the new Bushwick location, Ferry plans to reserve a “little corner” for fulfilling client orders, but aims to use it primarily as a public viewing space, “primarily” for medical students, educators and anthropologists – but also for the general public. If security wasn’t so important to him, he says, he would have liked to display his treasures in a shop window, but the risk of a robbery is just too high.

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JonsBones plans to open a mini museum next month.
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Jonsbones Bushwick store opening
Ferry and his cat Chonk at the former location of JonsBones at Ferry’s Williamsburg apartment.
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“We intend to [public] Tours you can book on our website,” he said, noting that most of his clients are from the 40 schools he works with across America. “If we lived in another state, we’d have a full museum by now,” he added, but NYC’s prohibitive rents have prevented this so far.

The Soft Open is scheduled for next month and Ferry has already received “a lot of requests” from people hoping to attend. Also in the works are plans to expand the business, secure a larger unit at the address, launch a bone-inspired jewelry line with a local artist, and commission more unique pieces for display. In the near future he would like to install a mini fridge.

“I’m really excited for people to be able to see the collection in its entirety,” said 26-year-old Persephone Bennett, who became JonBones’ communications director after matching him on Tinder. “This allows us to reach many more people and give access to the most curious people.”

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