Bird Restoration

All work here is client commissioned work to either restore the habitat surrounding a piece of taxidermy, recasing a specimen or restoring/cleaning a specimen.


Every piece is bespoke and catered to the clients needs. No habitat restoration, taxidermy restoration/cleaning or recasing is the same. 

If there is something you can't find here and want to find out more. Please do not hesitate to email taxtiles.taxidermy@gmail.com

Before and after of a restoration of a Pheasant
 

This great example of an antique pheasant needed some well overdue TLC. Unfortauntely the moths got to the tail and some of the feathers on the specimen. Luckily when the investation was found, The general specimen could be saved. I was tasked with cleaning the specimen and transplanting a new tail. Paintwork around the whattle and recasing the bird with new foliage. You can see the before and after photos on the left. A very satisfying but large project!

Before and after of a restoration of a lesser black-backed seagull
 

This seagull needed some well overdue TLC. You can see in the before amd after shots how well this guy came out after a good clean. I also added eye rings and fixed his boots so they're in the right position. 

Before and after of a restoration of an antique
barn owl.
 

This antique barn owl had a little accident and the glass smashed. So I was tasked with recasing it as well as modernising the surrounding perch. I found out this was preserved way back in 1902, while I was taking the paper mache rock apart to get to the owl. It was pretty nailed to it! Now it happily sits in its new dome (still antique).


Note: this is not my taxidermy but me recasing and remounted the specimen in another antique glass dome.
It’s also pre 1947 so no need for an A10.

Before and after of a restoration of a sparrow hawk.
 

Habitat was tired and faded so that was restored with new and brighter habitat. There was minor feather loss from moths and splitting above the ankle of the birds feet so that was fixed too and cleaned the feathers.

 

Re-painted around the eyes and above the beak. Also fumigated the specimen so it is protected from future pests.


Note: this is not my taxidermy but me restoring the specimen, fixing issues with the legs and restoring the habitst. it’s also pre 1947 so no need for an A10.

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Before and after of an antique tawny owl.
 

Very dusty cleaned specimen of heavy dust and dirt. Repositioned as the tawny owl was  looking down due to a split in the neck/head of the skin which was fixed. Some of the tail feathers were bent so I steamed those back into place.

 

Also refeathered the specimen and repositioned the wood on the base to give a nicer composition. Also cleaned his feathers, eyes and inside of his beak. Currently being fumigated so it is protected from pests.


Note: this is not my taxidermy but me cleaning and doing a bit of conservation on the specimen, it’s also pre 1947 so no need for an A10.

owl case restoration

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Before and after of an antique barn
 


Note: this is not my taxidermy but me cleaning and doing a bit of conservation on the specimen, it’s also pre 1947 so no need for an A10.