Frequently Asked Questions

Please prior to contacting me please look carefully through all the commonly asked questions. I get a lot of queries/calls that can be answered by reading through the FAQs.

 

If you still can't find what you are looking for then please email me taxtiles.taxidermy@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Taxidermy

Do you do pet taxidermy?


I only do pet taxidermy on birds, sorry for any inconvenience. If you would like to get your pet bird done, make sure you are absoutely confident in having the idea of it being preserved. Taxidermy will not bring your bird to life but would be a representation of it. My advice is to keep the bird in the freezer for at least 3-6 months as you may feel differently about getting your beloved pet mounted up. If you do not have a freezer you must contact me within 24 hours for me to store your bird for you if you are definitly sure you want it preserved. Pet taxidermy is a lot more expensive than your usual wildlife. Please that bear in mind as there is a lot more work involved in pet taxidermy. If your pet is not a bird: Please go to the Guild of Taxidermist UK website to find a reputable taxidermist for pet taxidermy. Please consider other options such as burial, cremation, keeping a photograph of your pet or commissioning a sculpture/portrait. In the meantime, if your pet is not a bird I do offer "Vegan taxidermy" where I create a representation of your pet. Which I have done previously. Please get in touch if you are interested.




Is taxidermy legal?


Yes, I am compliant with the rules and regulations of DEFRA and Natural England.

I am a fully licensed taxidermist and a member of the Guild of Taxidermist UK.

I hold the required licenses for UK birds of prey.

All my specimens are legally sourced and acquired legally. I keep a log of all my specimens, where they were found, sex, how the specimen died and a unique log number which can be tracked.




I have found a dead bird/mammal/reptile, how do I keep it?


It will need to be put in either a plastic bag, cloth or cling-filmed and put straight in the freezer to keep it preserved.

I will only consider specimens if they are in good condition, fresh and legally obtained.

Please write a note with the specimen saying how it was acquired, location of death, how it died (if known) and keep it with the specimen at all times.




Where did you learn taxidermy?


I first undertook taxidermy in March 2014 and was taught by professional Taxidermist David Keningale. Who specialises in small birds and mammals. I also learnt how to do case work and dioramas.

I am a qualified taxidermist; however, I am always keen to learn from other professional taxidermists.

I recently went on a course in October 2017 with Carl Church to learn more about bird taxidermy.

The learning process never ends in taxidermy and I'm always learning something new about the subject.




I want something "taxidermied" but I don't have any specimens.


I do have plenty of stock available in my taxidermy freezers, however it is all subject to change as no specimen is exactly the same. If you would like to know what frozen specimens I have available, please email me.




What type of taxidermy do you do?


I have now specialised in small to medium mammals and birds. This ranges from small mice to large foxes and badgers. In birds, they can range from small robins to large geese. Additionally I do entomological taxidermy (butterflies and insect preservation). I also do habitat restoration on old cases and recasing. I also do restoration on taxidermy mounts, however this is on a case by case basis. You will need to email me first beforehand. Currently I am not taking on large game heads and deer antler mounting. Sorry for any inconvenience.




Where do you source your specimens?


I source my specimens from legitimate organisations such as:

  • WWT Slimbridge
  • RSPCA
  • Donations from the general public, friends and family
  • Donations from wildlife centres that have died due to illness or injury
  • Road kill
  • Window collisions
  • Vets Who Care Veterinary Service
  • International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent
  • Specimens that have died due to pest control and reptile food for snakes/reptiles
None of my taxidermy is killed for the purpose of my work and is ethically and legally sourced.




I have found something dead and I want you to have it!


Great! It will need to be put in either a plastic bag, cloth or cling-filmed and put straight in the freezer to keep it preserved. I will only consider specimens if they are in good condition, fresh and legally obtained. Please write a note with the specimen saying how it was acquired, location of death, how it died (if known) and keep it with the specimen at all times. Please then get in touch and we can arrange on how the specimens can be delivered.




Do you kill/hunt for taxidermy?


Absolutely not! None of my specimens are killed for the purpose of taxidermy. Every specimen has been legally sourced either from the RSPCA, WWT Slimbridge, Roadkill (Road Traffic Accident) or from ICBP in Newent.




Do you do restoration work?


Yes I restore cases, domes, habitat work. Currently I work on restoring taxidermy mounts on a case by case basis only. If you have something that needs restoring, please email me.




Help I have a insect infestation on my mount?! What do I do?


If possible please put it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer as soon as possible. There are two different types of infestation, carpet beetles infestation (dermacide beetles) or moth infestation. Then contact either your local taxidermist or email me for more information.

If it's not possible to put in the freezer, you will need to put it in a room where you are able to close the door and fumigate the room with the mount inside it. There are lots of insecticides on the market. There is a taxidermy specific spray you can buy called Rug Remedy.

However, you can go to Wilkos and buy Insectasol which also does the job. Either insect killer or moth killer and spray the mount at least 15-20cm away from it.

Another one is BugSpray.com

For prevention, you can buy moth balls and other insect repellents, spraying the mount once a month.




I have a specimen and I want it "taxidermied"


Great, make sure it was legally acquired. Please write a note with it stating: date of death/found, location you found it, how it died (if known). I will only consider specimens if they are in good condition, fresh and legally obtained. Put it in a secure plastic bag, or clingfilm it and put in the freezer asap. Then please email taxtiles.taxidermy@gmail.com to arrange an appointment.




I have found a dead butterfly/dragonfly/beetle, how do I keep it?


Carefully lift the specimen and put into a tupperware or plastic container with a lid. Write a note to state date you found it, death if known.




Do you buy taxidermy already preserved/mounted?


No I do not buy taxidermy already preserved/mounted. However I do buy legally sourced raw specimens (carcass/body of a specimen before they are preserved). If you do sell raw specimens - please get in touch by email: taxtiles.taxidermy@gmail.com




I want to try taxidermy, can you give me some specimens/spare bones please?


I do not have any spare specimens I can sell/give to other taxidermists or people that want to try taxidermy. However, there are several Facebook groups that do have people who sell raw specimens, bones and insects etc. Please be aware that it has to be legally obtained, there are a lot of scammers out there that sell illegal specimens and scam people. The best places I have found to obtain raw specimens or bones are:

There are many more out there, you might have good luck finding bits and pieces of eBay, however I've noticed they are more expensive on there. Make sure you check people for legitamacy, there is another Facebook group for this called: REVIEWS UK Taxidermy And Other Transaction Board When paying for goods. It's best to use goods and services on PayPal as you are covered for buyers protection. Paying by BACS or other methods are more risky as you may not be covered to get your money back if something goes wrong.




Can you value my taxidermy for me please?


Sorry I do not value taxidermy. Please go to your local auction house or a qualified specialist who deals in valuing taxidermy.




Do you need a license to be a taxidermist?


Please note: I cannot provide legal advice about taxidermy. This is general information below that you can find going onto the UK government website on the different licenses for taxidermy. Please contact DEFRA/Natural England if you need more information. In the UK there are many different types of licenses to enable taxidermist do their job. You do need to register for certain licenses if you want to preserve protected wildlife. You must familiarise yourself with these different types of licenses if you want to become a taxidermist.

I have all the licenses above and have the relevant documentation for every specimen that I work on.





Textile Sculpture

What is "Vegan Taxidermy"?


Vegan taxidermy is where there is no animal or bird product in the item but may use the techniques and methods of a "taxidermied" item. Vegan taxidermy is also referred to as:

  • fauxdermy
  • vegetarian taxidermy
  • textile taxidermy
  • and soft sculpture.
The kind of "Vegan" taxidermy I do is completely unique. I use the techniques from traditional taxidermy and translated them into fabric, yarn and threads. Please refer to my section Textile Taxidermy for more information.




Does your textile sculpture have animal product in it?


No! However some pieces do contain natural products such as wool and cotton. Most pieces have man-made threads and fabric and are classed as "Vegan Taxidermy". But some is classed as "Vegetarian Taxidermy" due to some having wool in the products. If you would like more information about which products contain what materials, please email taxtiles.taxidermy@gmail.com




The animal I would like as a textile sculpture isn't listed on your website. Can I still commission one?


Yes providing there is a photograph of the animal you would like as a sculpture and the size you want. I do all colours and most sizes. Please email for more information.




Where do you source your materials?


I source my materials from all sorts of places. I work with sustainable materials. Great place to source materials are the Gloucestershire Resources Centre. I also get a lot of my materials donated to me from kind strangers, friends and family.




How much do you charge for a textile sculpture piece?


All sculptures are bespoke and each one are individual priced to reflect that. If you would like to find out more and get a quote, please do not hesistate to contact me via email: taxtiles.taxidermy@gmail.com





General FAQs

I want to learn about taxidemy. Do you teach it?


Currently I do not teach taxidermy right now but I am considering it in the future.




Can I buy your work online?


Yes, I have a Shop at the moment which lists all my current work for sale. Please bear in mind 90% of my work are commissions and most of the photos/portfolio you see here are made to order. So if there is something you would like to order. Please get in touch and email taxtiles.taxidermy@gmail.com




I want to buy one of your pieces I have seen on your website, can I purchase it?


You can view my work for sale here. A lot of the work that you see on my website are private commissions or has already been sold. If you like something that you have seen on my website or would like something similar, please email to make an order.




I would like to place an order. Where do I start?


Please go to Make an Order/Commissions to find out more information.




Where are you based?


I am based in Ebley, Stroud, Gloucestershire.




Can I photograph your work?


All the photos on my website and social media are photographed by me unless stated. If you want to photograph the process of taxidermy and mounts. I suggest you either go on a taxidermy course with a ceritfied taxidermist suggested by the Guild of Taxidermists or go into a Natural History Museum.




Can I watch you do taxidermy/Can I visit your studio?


Due to time constraints and limited resources I can only have members of the public visit me when I do specific events. I do exhibitions, demonstrations and events throughout the year. I also do open studios with the SVA. This usually happens in May and sometimes in December. Do check my events page and please subscribe to my mailing list (form is at the bottom of the page) to keep an eye out for events that I am doing.




Where are your prices?


Please get in touch by email for the full price list.




Do you do restoration work?


I take restorative work on a case by case basis.
I specialise in restoring habitats and recasing old taxidermy.
Please click/tap onto the taxidermy section in the FAQs to find out more.




Do you have a shop/showroom?


The way I work is you make an order/commission of what you would like. I do have a small amount of taxidermy displayed but majority is my own private collection and not for sale. Everything that I have for sale is displayed on my online shop on Etsy. I also do exhibitions and art shows where there is also work for sale. Keep an eye on events I do by signing up to my newsletter (I do not spam). The form is at the bottom of this page.





Embroidery

What type of embroidery do you do?


I do machine embroidery, which is using a sewing machine with an embroidery hoop. I use the freehand foot to creating a draw-like texture in my pieces.




What threads do you use?


I used several different types of thread, mainly use vicose rayon threads as they have a nice shiny quality to them. However, I do use cotton and polyester now and again.




Do you do other types of embroidery?


I tend to keep with machine embroidery, however I do cross-stitch and hand embroidery. My specialism however is machine embroidery.




What type of fabric do you use?


I use a plethora of different materials. However I tend to use more natural materials such as white linen and/or cotton.





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