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F.A.Q’s

Frequently Asked Questions

What is taxidermy?
Taxidermy is the art of preparing, preserving and manipulating the skin of an animal over an armature form to create a lifelike copy of the living creature.
Did you kill these animals for taxidermy?
No. I have never, nor shall I ever kill an animal for profit or pleasure. I love animals and have a huge passion for nature and wildlife.
Do you do pet taxidermy?
Yes, however due to the sensitivity involved with the taxidermy of a beloved pet, I only currently take on a handful of small birds and mammals.

If you would like to hear more information or discuss anything further please get in touch with the form shown or you can email me.
What is Rogue Taxidermy?
Rogue Taxidermy is a term coined in the early 2000’s for an unconventional branch of Taxidermy Art, formed by artists Sarina Brewer, Scott Bibus and Robert Marbury. They defined it as

“A genre of pop-surrealist art characterized by mixed media sculptures containing conventional taxidermy-related materials that are used in an unconventional manner”.

You can read more about the movement on their website, here.

My use of Rogue Taxidermy combines the passion for traditional taxidermy with the playful ideologies of Victorian Anthropomorphic Taxidermist, Walter Potter, who created magical tableaux’s of animals dressed as humans. I love to create eccentric and whimsical mounts that play with the imagination, bringing both delight and discontent
Do you run taxidermy classes?
I do not currently do any classes or private tuition.
Can you ‘stuff’ my animal?
Yes, sort of. ‘Stuffing’ is a funny term for taxidermy considering we don’t work with Christmas dinners.

If you would like your specimen mounted first please make sure that it was legally acquired, fresh and in good condition. It then needs to be frozen, wrapped in a bag or clingfilm, after which please contact me form shown or you can email me to arrange delivery to my studio and discuss further.
A 50% deposit is taken at the beginning of the process with the full amount payable on completion, though I can also accept payment plans.
Do you ship outside the EU?
Because of the complexities with different countries import/export laws I currently only ship items within the EU.
Where do you source your animals from?
I take the utmost care and respect with every specimen I work with. All of my animals are ethically sourced from road kill, deceased pets/livestock, cat encounters, responsible pest control, frozen feeder animals and rescue centre casualties.
How do you deal with all the guts?
In most cases I don’t deal with any.
I always explain taxidermy like a sock on a foot, with the sock resembling an animal’s skin. We remove the sock, but the foot is still left completely intact. It’s then a matter of cleaning and preserving the sock to put on a replica foot!

In reality the skin is carefully removed, cleaned and preserved. A replica of the animals body is then created, traditionally using bound woodwool and more recently using foam forms, carved balsa wood and even 3D printing. The skin is then mounted over the newly created form where the majority of the hard work begins, trying to replicate life in death.
I found a dead animal, what do I do now?
Firstly, note down where and when you found it. An animal is only good for taxidermy if it is fresh and in good condition, so as soon as you have it, it needs to be frozen. Though a long dead piece of roadkill won’t be any good for mounting.

Wrap the specimen in clingfilm to remove as much open air as possible, reducing the chances of dehydration, place in a bag marked with the information you collected and put in the freezer as soon as possible. If properly wrapped the specimen can last for many years frozen.
I want to give you something ive found!
Thank you! First please make sure that it was legally acquired, fresh and in good condition.

Wrap the specimen in clingfilm to remove as much open air as possible, reducing the chances of dehydration, place in a bag marked with the information you collected and put in the freezer as soon as possible. Then contact me using the form shown or you can email me!
Is taxidermy legal?
In the U.K. Taxidermy is perfectly legal to buy, sell and commission. However there are many wildlife laws and regulations that must be abided by when dealing with deceased and mounted animals. As a fully licensed taxidermist and a member of The Guild of Taxidermists, all the animals I work with have been legally obtained and sold in accordance with the UKs wildlife laws.

For more information on Taxidermy and the law please check out Taxidermy Law and The Guild of Taxidermists.

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