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Taxidermists Terms to Know

Taxidermy is a unique and interesting profession that many pet owners and hunters require at some time or another. As you may know, taxidermists specialize in preparing, stuffing and mounting the skins of animals. You supply these experts with a dead deer, bear, fish, or bird, and he or she will prepare it to look lifelike. Special schooling is required for anyone who wants to learn taxidermy. While hunting often results in these mounted animals, some people choose to have their pets preserved as well. Here are a few useful terms to know about the subject.

  • Freeze Dry – This is a method of rapidly freezing something at very low temperatures in order to preserve it. Once frozen, the object is subjected to a high-powered vacuum tool that removes any ice by sublimation.
  • Fleshing – A process that involves removing all red meat from the deer, bear or other animal. A machine or scalpel is often utilized to do this. If a fish or bird is the subject, this meat must all be removed as well.
  • Salting – A specific table is often used to apply salt to the animal. This is done after the fleshing of the raccoon, wolf, or elk. This helps pull moisture off the animal and works like a dehydration process. It often takes around six weeks.
  • Skinning Gambrel – A frame with chains and hooks that are used to suspend a dead animal in the air. This allows a taxidermist to skin the animal. While there is no special schooling required to use a gambrel, there is a certain process that must be learned.
  • Tail Stripping Tool – A hand tool that enables you to strip the skin from an animal tail in one easy motion. Many hunting supply shops and taxidermy product dealers offer these devices.
    National Taxidermists Association
    Green Forest, AR 72638
    An organization that would endorse education, solidarity, and standards for the entire taxidermy industry to embrace. Our association focuses on the needs and interests of the taxidermy industry.
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    Fish and Fur Taxidermy
    4722 S. Dudley St., Littleton, CO 80123
    We are a full service taxidermist shop, offering high quality work in shoulder mounts, small game mounts, life-size mounts, & life-size rugs. Our shop specializes in cold water fish mounting.
    (303) 981-9446
    Hunter T's Taxidermy
    8534 S. Upham Way, Littleton, CO 80128
    We take pride in our Taxidermy business in Denver, we offer multiple types of services which include maintenance, cleans up & more! Our Taxidermists in Denver are educated professionals that know the in & outs of the taxidermy field. Call us now!
    (303) 973-3098
    Tom Freitag Taxidermy
    4409 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204
    (303) 629-1933
    Wild Things
    1450 W Nevada Pl, Denver, CO 80223
    (303) 744-6424
    American Heritage Taxidermy Inc
    10620 W 46th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
    (303) 425-4221
    Fish Art Taxidermy by Jeff Mourning
    296 W Delaware Cir, Littleton, CO 80120
    (303) 797-6519
    A J Forms & Taxidermy
    3490 Kellogg Pl, Westminster, CO 80031
    (303) 426-8181
    Wilderness Taxidermy
    700 Billings St, Aurora, CO 80011
    (303) 367-0874
    Anderson Taxidermy
    8307 W Morraine Dr, Littleton, CO 80128
    (303) 973-2933
    Artworks Taxidermy Inc
    6901 W 117th Ave Ste 5, Broomfield, CO 80020
    (303) 439-7939
    Ageless Memories Taxidermy
    20929 E Ida Ave, Aurora, CO 80015
    (303) 699-8417
    Jonas Bros Taxidermy Studio
    1850 Dogwood St, Louisville, CO 80027
    (303) 466-1112
    Jonas Supply Co
    1850 Dogwood St, Louisville, CO 80027
    (303) 466-3377
    Doug Cox Taxidermy Studio
    3917 Viewpoint Way, Lafayette, CO 80026
    (303) 449-6061
    Johnson Taxidermy
    4080 Martin St, Brighton, CO 80603
    (303) 857-4040

    Taxidermists are professionals who prepare, stuff, and mount animals of all kinds. Taxidermy is an art that has been around for several centuries. Although the first American book on this practice was published in the mid 1800s, other parts of the world have been embracing taxidermy for much longer. It is an art form that typically involves wildlife such as large fish, birds, deer, bears, tigers and other animals people kill while hunting. Although some individuals prefer to bury their pets after they pass on, other people choose to have their cat or dog stuffed, preserved, and mounted. This may involve processes like tanning the hide, painting artificial eyes, and sewing the skin of the dead animal. Certain supplies are required for this task. Sometimes a taxidermist has to freeze dry specific parts like the skull, choose a certain size of glass eye, and use artificial teeth that are carved. This requires a certain level of schooling and training. Depending on the bear, bird, deer or fish involved, it takes a certain period of time for the lifelike animal to be sculpted properly. When a hunting trophy or pet is completed, it may resemble a mannequin or dummy to some degree. Resort to the internet to learn a lot more about taxidermy and mounting wild animals. Although this is a unique process, there are a number of websites that can offer great details on this practice. If you have a specific animal in mind, try doing a little research on that species in particular.
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