I can’t afford a class. Do you have any other solutions?
I wrote and released an e-book. It’s $20 and covers the whole process of creating a bust mount from start to finish! You can also read my blog. Please don’t hit me up for free advice, though!
When did you start doing taxidermy? How did you start?
I have been interested in taxidermy for a long time (since I was a child) and have been a licensed taxidermist since 2012. If you want more information about me personally, you can read my bio.
Where do you get the animals?
I practice sustainable taxidermy. Veterinarians, hunters, pet stores, responsible breeders, and pest control specialists. ALL of my specimens are legally obtained and sustainably sourced. I prefer to use animals that died of natural causes, abatement, depredation, and peaceful euthanization. I do not violate ANY regional, state, or federal laws in regards to animals and usage of their parts. I do not support anyone who does violate those laws, because they are in place to protect the animals.
Can you taxidermy a human?
Technically, yes. You could remove a person’s skin and stretch it over a form. However, animals have great stuff going on for them, like fur and feathers - things that cover up stitching and stretching. Aesthetically and legally speaking, to taxidermy a human would not turn out well. Leave Grandma’s body to your friendly neighborhood mortician.
Is it “taxidermied” or “taxidermized”?
I say “taxidermied” but that’s just my preference. Using the phrase “mounted” is usually a good way around this debate!
Did that rhino just order a drink?
Nope, it’s just Chuck Testa!