The UK Taxidermy Guild Conference was the 40th anniversary of the very start of the Guild and managed to draw in some of the past founder members … and good to see old faces, together with a mix of growing new members. The program consisted of an excellent taxidermy history lecture by Pat Morris –…

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Yet another good conference at the Guild of Taxidermists’ annual get together.  Always good to see old friends and meet the now and upcoming taxidermists in the UK.  This year, we were graced with two legends in the world of taxidermists from the UK, Derek Frampton and Peter Summers.  It was great to see them…

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I found a great photo of a Short-eared Owl and just had to have a go at reproducing it.  I did struggle to get the pose right and as you can see, it came close but not close enough.  So the morning after my failed attempt, I altered it to a standard pose.  It was…

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Squirrel Taxidermy Book p128

This is a Beginner Taxidermy question from Jane “I bought your book ‘Beginner Taxidermy – Small Mammal’ earlier this year and have found it absolutely invaluable. However, I have one problem which is not addressed in the book and I can find no reference to it elsewhere. I have a background in animal sculpture so…

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Taxidermy Display

If you’re like me, I’m continually changing stock and customer taxidermy items on display so that I need to drill new screw holes into the wall to secure the latest case or mount I’ve created. This was starting to drive me mad as I was continually changing the screws in the wall.  I tried leaving…

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Taxidermy white Gyrfalcon in snow flash

It is always great to see old friends and meet new members.  I, like many other UK taxidermists, look forward to the Guild’s annual taxidermy conference, meetings and competitions. Taxidermy Lectures We were expecting the talented German taxidermist, Yvonne Yvonne Fritzsche-Nehls, who was going to do a talk on polyethylene glycol.  Unfortunately, she had family…

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Student Squirrel 5

Beginner Taxidermy Critique Critiquing a piece of work One of the most important ways to improve your taxidermy is via a taxidermy critique and  to be able to self-critique your own work as you are working on it is the key to improving.  This is the main basis of producing a good piece of taxidermy…

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Hobby falcon Best of Show

The Guild of taxidermy Conference 2013 and Taxidermy Competition Held this years conference and competitions again at the hays conference centre and the UK Taxidermy Competition, This meeting had Carl Church mounting a Buzzard, Pat Morris on Taxidermy History, Steve Toher Fox Manikins, Colin Scott on Groundwork, Kim McDonald on Taxidermy Law, Mike Gadd (me) Did the…

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Mike Gadd Demonstrating Squirrel Taxidermy

The Guild of Taxidermists held a seminar at Sutton Bonington this is one of the the mid year meeting we have. I did a demonstration on Grey Squirrel Taxidermy to promote the new Book “Beginner Small Mammal Taxidermy ” showing the flexibility of woodwool as a manikin medium. There is now an article on the Guild…

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