Hi! I'm a taxidermist.
To me, Nature is God. Without it, we simply would not exist. Conserving the world’s natural spaces and the creatures that live there is paramount to the survival of humans as a species, and I have therefore dedicated my life to studying environmentalism in order to help people co-exist more successfully and sustainably with the natural world.

All natural materials I use in my creations are either sourced from roadkill, Fish and Game, secondhand sources such as fellow artists and estate sales, or are antique. In this way, I'm ensuring that no animals were needlessly killed for the sake of the artwork I produce. I fully believe that no part of any creature should go to waste if a purpose can be found for it, but I do NOT support trophy hunters or overseas fur farms by buying 'byproducts' like bones, skulls, or claws directly from them. The only exception I make for this rule is for parts from animals legally culled for population control programs approved by Fish and Wildlife.

As a photographer and wildlife enthusiast, I've been involved with many fantastic organizations such as Images4Life and Wild Tiger, as well as the Sierra Club and many smaller, local groups.
I've been published, interviewed, and even featured on Rainn Wilson (Dwight from “The Office”)'s personal networking website, SoulPancake.com.

I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to visit many of the world’s most amazing wild places, like Komodo Island, Bali, Lombok, Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands, and have even documented entirely new species previously unknown to science.

Other interests include: Wilderness survival, primitive skills, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, boffing, airsoft, snowboarding, meandering around town, and caving.

 

Also forgot to upload these work-in-progress shots of the black wolf headdress I’m making for a customer.  The pelt was from a wet tanned wolf so I was worried that it wouldn’t fare too well in transit on the way here from Texas, but when it got here the other morning, all was well: The hide wasn’t slipping, the leather had a LOT of stretch to it, and it was far more beautiful in person than in the photos the seller originally provided. 


Though I didn’t plan to mount it right away, I did so anyhow. Something about it just seemed right - even pleasant. I think that maybe the smell of the hide (wet tanned pelts smell different than dry-tanned ones) reminded me of wilderness survival training, and the nostalgia was most enjoyable. 

It was a VERY well-handled hide, so I didn’t need to do any prep work myself aside from a bit of fleshing near the snout, and thinning down the nose a bit. It’s been a long while since I’ve had a pelt that didn’t give me any trouble, and it felt like a breeze to work with.

Note: This wolf was legally culled in the State of Alaska and has all required CITES permits. I bought it from a taxidermist in Texas who was going to mount it for a personal project, but decided that he had bigger fish to fry and no longer wanted it. 

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    THATS FUCKING DISGUSTING. WHY ARE YOU SUPPORTING THE DEATH OF THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES.
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