Behind the Scenes at Work - Page 1
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After a deer dries in our moisture-proof de-humidified room they are taken out and finished up.  It's kind of like putting on make-up.  We use a chemical that removes all natural oils that may have seeped out during the drying.  After facial areas are cleaned and degreased we start the tedious job of restoring natural flesh tones.

These flesh tones are applied by airbrushing a lacquer based professional grade paint.  After painting the glass eye is cleaned.

This is a peak at our drying room.  It stays full of people's work awaiting its proper dry time.  This room is double insulated and completely enclosed in a moisture barrier.

Here you can see several large saltwater fish awaiting further repair.  Repair work can be very difficult, especially old work that may have been mounted by someone with little experience.

From nature to the wall things can get pretty messy.  The first process in taxidermy after you log your work is skinning it out.  At this stage you want to avoid cutting holes in your hides or skin.  A good Taxidermist must master the art of sewing whether he wants to or not!

Love at first site!  This shot was taken about 10:30PM.  When the animal is thawed it's time to work.  Many taxidermists freeze their work first to kill ticks and other parasites.  After a week in the freezer the kill is skinned out to make more room.
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