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.

 

Someone was asking about my recommendation for the best skinning knives for taxidermy. Well, this right there is it. It’s a laminated steel blade, with an elk antler and knotted burl handle, custom-made by Suwannee River Knife Co. These suckers run in the hundred-dollar range, but are par none when it comes to utility and style. Laminated steel is created with a carbon steel center and a stainless overlay, creating a blade that holds an edge through everything. I skinned two giant llamas with this sucker and didn’t need to sharpen it during the entire process. 
The size is perfect, too. Wanderlust, my carbon steel knife, is a great survival blade, and I skinned a nice deer with it a while back, but doing the deft work is hard with such a big hunk of metal. This little guy allows for far more control and can turn ears, eyes, and lips for taxidermy purposes just as well as any scalpel. 
I traded for this knife, so didn’t have to pay anything out of pocket for it, but if the price tag from Suwannee River Knives is a bit high for you, check out the next best thing: Mora of Sweden’s “classic” laminated steel blades for $30.00.

Someone was asking about my recommendation for the best skinning knives for taxidermy. Well, this right there is it. It’s a laminated steel blade, with an elk antler and knotted burl handle, custom-made by Suwannee River Knife Co. These suckers run in the hundred-dollar range, but are par none when it comes to utility and style. 

Laminated steel is created with a carbon steel center and a stainless overlay, creating a blade that holds an edge through everything. I skinned two giant llamas with this sucker and didn’t need to sharpen it during the entire process. 

The size is perfect, too. Wanderlust, my carbon steel knife, is a great survival blade, and I skinned a nice deer with it a while back, but doing the deft work is hard with such a big hunk of metal. This little guy allows for far more control and can turn ears, eyes, and lips for taxidermy purposes just as well as any scalpel. 

I traded for this knife, so didn’t have to pay anything out of pocket for it, but if the price tag from Suwannee River Knives is a bit high for you, check out the next best thing: Mora of Sweden’s “classic” laminated steel blades for $30.00.

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    ^ I was having to sharpen the x-acto blades like every 20 minutes. Totally need me a good knife.
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    Reblogging for when I have money for a proper knife. Exacto blades suuuuuck.
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