1968, Charlie Barnett Jr. purchased his first taxidermy book, and
you might say the rest is history. Now, decades later,
Gateswood Taxidermy is stronger than ever and has stood the test of
time and a few hurricanes to boot. Each of Charlie's sons
eventually mastered the art and skill of taxidermy, and Michael
continues to do so to this day.
This business has put a lot of food on the table for the Barnett
family and, more importantly, has given this family an opportunity
to make many friends over the years. Today those little children
that came in with their dads many years ago now come in with their
own families. Professional, dependable service; a fair turn-around;
and old-fashioned Southern hospitality and accessibility have been
our trademark. We always have time to hear a hunting story or to
listen to how you caught the big one!
Things took a turn in January 2000 when Charlie retired and passed
the business down to his son Michael. Michael started learning
taxidermy at the age of 13. He and his family work hard to bring
you the best services at competitive prices. As in all businesses,
technology evolves; and better ways, better tools, and better
supplies have pushed taxidermy to the limits in recreating the most
life-like artwork the world has seen yet.
Gateswood Taxidermy only the best forms, eyes, and chemicals are
used on your trophy. We research every product that goes into
completing a mount. Decades of good research has proven itself time
after time as returning customers brag how their trophy looks as
good as the day they picked it up years ago.
job is too big or too small. From elk to squirrels and every animal
in between we produce the finest quality work in the industry. Over
the years we have turned out every imaginable species and size of
saltwater fish. From tournament winning Blue Marlin to a little
boy’s first brim caught on a cane pole, we treat everyone’s work
with great care and pride.
Change is inevitable, and there are many people that have come and
gone out of business. We have been doing taxidermy in the same
place since 1978. We have shipped animals, fish, and fowl all over
North America. Here at Gateswood Taxidermy there are no
geographical limitations as long as we can crate it.
Enjoy your visit on our website, and give us a call or drop in for
a visit. Join thousands of satisfied customers, and let us be your
taxidermist of choice!
Michael Barnett & Family
President of Gateswood Taxidermy