Providing our customers with quality work from large game animals to small, our traditional taxidermy services are sure to cover your needs. Animals like bears, mountain lions, moose and others all fall under this category of large animals. Reproductions are also available for these kinds of animals, but the impact that a large taxidermy makes is awesome. Choose from a variety of styles and placements, we can help you to create a fully customized piece.
The methods of taxidermy have been greatly improved over the last hundred years bringing the quality of modern taxidermy to an all time high while also lessening the toxicity of the art itself. In a traditional mount, the animal is first skinned, which can be fully accomplished without opening the main cavity of the animal. Depending on certain aspects of the skin, it may be chemically treated or tanned to be preserved. The skin then can be mounted on a mannequin made from wood, wool and wire. Clay is typically the material used to make the eyes. Often, taxidermists like ours will make their own glass eyes.
Our taxidermists were trained under some of the top taxidermists in the industry in order to learn all that there is to know about the art of preservation and taxidermy. Continually maintaining their skills is the way that taxidermists can ensure that they create lifelike results. Animal mounting is an art that has been practiced for a long time and can take awhile to master. Not all taxidermists are hunters but they do all appreciate the beauty of life in animals large and small.
There are a number of ways that animals can be preserved in order to be enjoyed in taxidermy. They can be frozen in order to be thawed at a later date before they are skinned and tanned. Measurements are taken of the body of the creature so that the skull and leg bones can be added to a mannequin made from wood and wool. This mannequin is the basis for the taxidermy specimen to be preserved and shaped into a life like position.
Another method of preserving and creating life like taxidermy is my molding the entire body of the animal in a plaster cast. This is so that a copy can be made from the animal. A mold is made for the final product. After the body of the animal is removed from the mold, the animal is cast and molded into clay. There are stock forms available, but typically this is a custom process. Glass eyes and artificial teeth are often added and even a fake tongue is added to give the jaw proper shape.