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Important Taxidermy and Supply Terms

A taxidermist is a professional who specializes in preparing animal skins for display. They are very popular with wild game hunters and fisherman and use a special set of supplies to perform this work. Here are some common terms employed in this industry.

  • Regulator – This is a polished, straight needle that is used to help mount a skin to a form, set eyes and is used for general arranging and probing. This tool is usually over six inches in length.
  • Armature – This is a wire or metal frame that is rigid and supports body forms or casts. It is often used to create forms for deer, fish and other trophy animals.
  • Ear Liners – These supplies are pieces of sheet lead, plastic, paper or leather that is trimmed and fitted into the ear skins of specific animals. They provide a natural looking support and shape to the ears. These are commonly used for animals like whitetail deer, though exotic ones are also used.
  • Separator – This is a special liquid that is applied to molds and plaster casts to prevent the adhesion of the animal pelt to the cast. It allows for easy separation and doesn’t harm the end product.
  • Jawsets – These are replicas of the interior oral cavity, tongue and jaw of the creature. Boar, bear, coyote and other wild animals have jawsets inserted by professionals to give a more lifelike appearance.
  • Tousing – This is when a taxidermist stretches, twists and works a tanned animal hide to introduce softness, flexibility and pliability.
  • Mounting – This is the process of attaching the trophy animal to some sort of display. The display can be of habitat, like a replica forest, or it can simply be a wooden plate.
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    Starcks Taxidermy
    Salem, OR 97301
    We are a full time professional taxidermy studio offering expert mounting services. We offer a full line of quality and affordable mounts for any game animal. Deer, elk, ducks, bears, and fish.
    (503) 881-2613
    Wet and Wild Taxidermy
    382 Garrard Crk Rd, Oakville, WA 98568
    We take time in making your trophy one that will last and tell a story for years to come. Our local taxidermist shop also has taxidermy supplies for sale.
    (360) 480-0086
    Kemper's Taxidermy
    1418 Willamina Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116
    (503) 357-2304
    Snyder Taxidermy
    566 N 19th Ave, Cornelius, OR 97113
    (503) 357-6880
    Jennings Taxidermy
    72443 Fern Hill Rd, Rainier, OR 97048
    (503) 556-3556
    Kraig Coleman's Taxidermy
    4755 Sw 165th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97007
    (503) 649-1220
    Realistic Taxidermy
    4784 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA 98642
    (360) 887-8275
    August Jim Taxidermy
    5509 Sw Garden Home Rd, Portland, OR 97219
    (503) 293-4868
    Weibel Taxidermy
    5020 Carman Dr, Lake Oswego, OR 97035
    (503) 636-2804
    Bull's Eye Taxidermy
    407 Bryant Hill Rd, Woodland, WA 98674
    (360) 521-0720
    Artistic Taxidermy Studio
    5700 Se Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
    (503) 771-3337
    Vancouver Taxidermy
    914 Ne 163rd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684
    (360) 892-8320
    Frank Specht Taxidermy
    1480 Carroll Rd, Kelso, WA 98626
    (360) 425-7237
    Sather's Taxidermy
    16540 Se Tibbetts St, Portland, OR 97236
    (503) 760-4173
    Angelo's Tannery
    10724 Se Highway 212, Clackamas, OR 97015
    (503) 655-2886


    Taxidermy is a profession involving the preparation, stuffing, and mounting of dead animals for the purpose of display in a home or business. A taxidermist is the professional performing this job. He or she may work out of his or her home, or as part of a company. These displays can act as a trophy of the animals or fish a hunter has killed, ranging from deer to birds. These professionals use a variety of tools to create such as trophy, such as tanning supplies, kits, and parts. Glass eyes can be incorporated to make the animals even more lifelike. They can polish the antlers, brush the fur, and tan the hide. Other services include skinning, stuffing, and mounting of big game, such as bear and moose. Many people like to display the wildlife they or others have killed, such as fish, deer, elk, coyotes, and turkeys. This type of décor fits in with lodges and cabins, especially out in the mountains or woods. But it can really work with any space, such as within a home office. Taxidermy first came to be thousands of years ago, when the very first taxidermists were hunters themselves who discovered they could preserve the skins of their prey. Used for clothing and shelter, these animal skins provided valuable services for primitive people. Today, it's an art form, with many people offering services and supplies for sale on a side job basis or full-time basis. Taxidermists may also sell products for people to try this out at home, such as paints, glass eyes, tools and equipment, and molding/casting materials. Those just starting out can head to the Internet to learn how to tan a hide, produce a leather pelt, stuff a mammal, and mount their trophy, through online courses or tutorials.
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