Sea Birds Natural History Museum

Seabird Display By Mike Gadd Location: The Hintze Hallat the Natural History Museum in London From the tiny Petrel Albatross Bone Cleaning Additional Bone(s) on the Albatross Elbow Massive Humerus Bone of the Albatross Best place to wash an Albatross Ready to start drying the Albatross Working on an Albatross Me and the Antipadeean

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Guild of Taxidermy Conference 2016

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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Guild of Taxidermy Conference 2015

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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Short-Eared Owl – Attempt

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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Skin Stretching

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 find…

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Displaying Taxidermy on a Wall

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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Guild of Taxidermists Conference 2014

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 Fritzsche-Nehls, who was going to do a talk on polyethylene glycol.  Unfortunately, she had family problems…

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Squirrel Taxidermy Critique

Student Squirrel 5

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 and one of the main focuses in my…

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Taxidermy Seminar 2012

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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