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.

 

It’s hard to tell from this image on account of the flash, but this coyote has some unique colorations. He has touches of white on his underfur, but is otherwise much darker than a normal coyote. At first glance, he looks like a black coyote, then seems morel like a silver one, then seems like a brindle, then seems…just weird. 
I’m sending him to Shelby at Promise Land Tannery to have him tanned for taxidermy, and will decide what kind of mount I want to do with him thereafter. I’m thinking I may do a headdress from him since I don’t have a personal coyote headdress yet and really love his weird colors. 
On a side note - this coyote was shot in Pennsylvania. Coyotes are not historically native to PA, and their numbers have drastically increased in recent years, to the point that they are destructive to the environment as a whole. It was not killed specifically for taxidermy purposes (most coyotes killed there are left to rot or are hung up on fence posts as a supposed ‘warning’ to other coyotes) but this one was spared that fate on account of its unique coat. 

It’s hard to tell from this image on account of the flash, but this coyote has some unique colorations. He has touches of white on his underfur, but is otherwise much darker than a normal coyote. At first glance, he looks like a black coyote, then seems morel like a silver one, then seems like a brindle, then seems…just weird. 

I’m sending him to Shelby at Promise Land Tannery to have him tanned for taxidermy, and will decide what kind of mount I want to do with him thereafter. I’m thinking I may do a headdress from him since I don’t have a personal coyote headdress yet and really love his weird colors. 

On a side note - this coyote was shot in Pennsylvania. Coyotes are not historically native to PA, and their numbers have drastically increased in recent years, to the point that they are destructive to the environment as a whole. It was not killed specifically for taxidermy purposes (most coyotes killed there are left to rot or are hung up on fence posts as a supposed ‘warning’ to other coyotes) but this one was spared that fate on account of its unique coat. 

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