Vincent Kersey

66 Chapin Street, Ludlow, MA 01056

Phone: 413-262-6628


What is Taxidermy?

The word taxidermy is derived from the Greek derma. Much like the term epidermis, derma relates to the external layer of skin. Since the process of taxidermy requires removal of the skin from an animal's shell, later transferring that skin to a precisely crafted replica of the animal's body, the term makes sense. While the process is sometimes seen as distasteful or even macabre by some people, taxidermy is a form of art, demanding a great deal of knowledge about animals, as well as talent, skill and expertise.

The artisan must remove the skin from the animal's remains, construct a realistic figure of the animal's shape, and create lifelike facsimiles of the eyes and any other organs. The figure is often made from polyurethane foam, while glass is typically used to design the eyes. Wax and clay are frequently used to recreate parts such as lips and snouts.

Taxidermy is a method of permanently preserving an animal to display its beauty. While some people have a taxidermist preserve their hunting quarry as a trophy, others may use taxidermy to preserve animals for educational or historical purposes. Taxidermy may be used in the event of the death of a creature on the endangered species list. It may also be used in other cases in which preservation is important, such as if the creature is unique to its species in that it's the largest, smallest, oldest or otherwise noteworthy.

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Three Arrow Taxidermy Studio - 66 Chapin St., Ludlow, Ma 01056 - Ph. 413-262-6628