There’s a Bone Factory on Vashon Island

For most Seattleites, Vashon Island conjures sylvan images of lavender fields and rolling orchards, wineries and farmers markets. But nestled just beyond the lush greenery of Island Center Forest is Pacific Research Laboratories—the headquarters of Sawbones, a company that produces the bulk of North America’s model bones.

“Model bones” might invoke a Halloween store or memories of the skeleton slumped in the corner of your high school biology classroom. If you went to high school in the 1980s or earlier, it was probably a real human skeleton from India, which to this day is still a hub for the trade of human remains.

But the bones

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