this week in the workshop

The latest specimen 

As mentioned in my previous Taxidermy blog post, I have been working really hard catching up with existing commissions lately and this week I have begun work with this beautiful Barn Owl (Tyto alba).

I find them quite challenging birds to work with due to their delicacy, thin skin that dries quickly and their tendency for their bellies to turn green really quickly! But so far, I’m very happy with the progress I have made on this beauty.

Each Barn Owl I work with has such an individually characterful face which I always try really hard to recreate, constantly looking at reference photos to get that ‘heart’ shape that they are so well associated with.

This poor owl was found by the side of the road after getting hit by a car, but sustained minimal damage which makes me reflect just how fragile life can be.

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