Raptor Persecution

One of the fundamental aspects of my taxidermy practice, relies on the discovery of deceased animals in the wild. I have a lot of members of the public donate me various specimens that they have found whilst out on dog walks, hikes and whilst being out on the roads etc.

I cannot stress how important it is to observe a few details I will explain below, before picking up any dead animal you may have stumbled across, to adhere to legalities and rule out any unlawful activity, as well as protecting your own health.

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Why is taxidermy expensive?

We all know that with any art form or skill, the price of the outcome can vary wildly based on things like reputation, labour and many other factors. But here is an insight in to why taxidermy is deemed to be expensive in 2023.

After all, it’s just stuffing a dead animal, right? Wrong.

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The Future of Taxidermy

This post may be a little bit different to my previous entries, but I think that blogs are primarily a place to express one’s views, so I shall use this space of the internet to voice my personal concerns and observations about some areas of the taxidermy industry.

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On the taxidermy bench this week

This week, I have been working on a beautiful magpie commission! Due to my ethics and the clever nature of corvids, I don’t get to work with them often.

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This particular specimen was found as a result of a probable window strike as it was found in close proximity. I don’t know what it is about corvids, but there is something extra special about them that sets them apart from the rest of the bird families. I adore them and it is a privilege to get to know them inside and out, quite literally.

My superstitious nature made me a little sceptical about just doing one…but the fact I feature two magpies in my logo, have two tattooed on me and the overall resplendence of this creature shall protect me from any bad luck that ‘one for sorrow’ may bring!

Although they are amongst my favourite birds to work with, they are also amongst my most challenging, mainly because of their high contrast with the black and white. It leaves little room for error as lack of symmetry becomes a lot more obvious, especially around the mantle area which overlaps the brilliant white scapular feathers. On the contrary, this a bird that also teaches me a lot, because I can visibly see feathering defects easier and I can more easily adjust them.

Check out the video below for some behind the scenes footage of the taxidermy process whilst I work on this beautiful specimen and don’t forget to check back for the finished article very soon!

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