Due to the HUGE responsibility and pressure that comes with preserving pets (cats & dogs in particular), this is a service I do not currently offer.
It’s important to know that no taxidermist no matter how skilled, will be able to bring back the kind soul or ‘spark’ that your beloved pet once had through this unique art form.
The end result wouldn’t be how you exactly remembered them – it would simply be a representation of your pet.
It’s important to think about how seeing them cold and inanimate may make you feel upset, especially if you had a strong bond with him or her.
However, with your careful consideration of the points above, I may be able to take on small pets such as birds, rats and mice, purely because I have had lots of experience with these particular animals.
As these animals have a more ‘stoic’ like expression compared with that of a dog or a cat, it’s a lot easier to capture their character.
For this reason, although it would still be more pressure than a normal, I’d feel more confident in working with them.
It is a big decision that should NOT be rushed – You can store your beloved pet in the freezer for many years until you are 100% certain.
In the past, I have painted many people’s pets (I am also a fine artist) – this is an alternative you could consider.
Due to lack of time and resources, I do not currently offer tuition or taxidermy classes.
If your country is not listed on the shipping options, please get in touch. Due to various animal product import laws around the world, it is sometimes a very complex process to gain the relevant import/export permits to legally ship taxidermy around the world.
See this guide for more information:Shipping Taxidermy Overseas
If you have found a deceased animal and would like it ‘taxidermied’ it will need to be temporarily preserved until I can obtain the specimen.
To do this, please make the specimen is well wrapped up in clingfilm (if possible) or a bag to be put in the freezer as soon as possible to keep it fresh.
Please note I will only consider specimens if they are fresh, in good condition and were legally acquired.
Absolutely not! None of the taxidermy animals displayed are killed purposefully for taxidermy – I do not tolerate people killing animals for profit, sport or pleasure.
The animals I work with are killed humanely for reptile and zoo animal consumption.
Others are sourced from local roadkill, the result of a natural death, or the result of ethical, legal pest control.
I want to be the one to change people’s perception of taxidermists – I’m actively trying to support wildlife conservation charities by donating 10% of the sales made from my art and taxidermy to them.
With many trips to the Natural History Museum as a child, I’ve had a fascination with taxidermy and other oddities for a long time.
As an illustrator also, the anatomy of animals has always been a big inspiration to my work, I felt that taxidermy was another area of art I could passionately delve into.
I took a course hosted by Amanda Sutton (a.k.a ‘Amanda’s Autopsies’) at Barts Pathology museum, London.
It doesn’t smell – apart from animals from the mustelid family which have pongy scent glands!
The reason it doesn’t generally smell is that I can only work with fresh specimens – it smells no more than a slab of fresh meat, or your uncooked roast chicken before it’s put in the oven.
After skinning and prepping the animal, I then treat the skin and use tried & tested traditional preservation methods, which deter any bugs and eliminates smell.
Finally, I mount the treated skins on to forms made of woodwool, or in some cases, ready made foam forms.
I am very aware of rules and regulations issued by DEFRA and I fully comply with various wildlife laws.
I hold the required licenses for the possession of some protected species, such as birds of prey.
For domestic species such as rabbits, rats & mice etc., no license is required.
I am also a proud member of the UK Guild Of Taxidermist’s
I get asked this question very often. In most cases, it’s quite a complex process with so many various wildlife export/import laws set in place.
Please see this page for detailed information: Shipping Taxidermy Abroad
Unfortunately Taxidermists in the U.K don’t have the authority to do such checks and are unable to issue you with any ‘official’ documents or ‘certificates of health’.
Shipping Taxidermy OverseasPlease see this guide that explains in detail the processes you need to take to safely get your taxidermy to where you need it to be.