About Beth Beverly
I am a State and Federally licensed taxidermist who graduated from the Pocono Institute of Taxidermy in 2010 with high marks. I have a deep respect for this craft and those who strive to preserve it.
It is my pleasure to work on any trophy mount, be it a shoulder, life-size, rug, or fish.
I accept custom orders for fantasy mounts, wearables, and bridal hair pieces.
Sculptural mounts and hats are available for rental provided they are in stock at time of inquiry.
Contact me describing your wish and I will be delighted to make it so.
Diamond Tooth Taxidermy Blog:
Ashley approached me almost a year before her wedding date to talk about bridal & bridal party head pieces. I believe her words were, "OK, I'm engaged, now I have to go talk to my taxidermist!"-she may or may not have used the word "my" but I like to fancy myself as providing such an intimate service to people that they would refer to me in a possessive fashion, as though part of me belongs to them. Honestly, after the literal blood sweat and tears that go into each piece I make, part of me literally does belong to them.
Ashley wanted to wear a white lamb head on her wedding day. I told her that I couldn't guarantee it, as I basically work on a "whatever falls into my lap" modus operandi. We agreed that come March, if I hadn't been able to source a dead or stillborn white baby lamb (perhaps a morbid task to some, to others just another day in the office), then we would start to concoct a backup plan.
March came and went, and just as I was about to chew my nails down to the bed, I sourced a 24 hours-lived lamb from a farm in Colorado. Things really do always work out if you just let them. For me things always seem to work out literally at the last possible second, every time.
I got to work immediately as soon as Lambette arrived and skinned her, then made a mold of the head:
I use steel headbands for these types of head pieces; even still, bobby pins or clips are needed to keep them in place. It's not your conventional tiara & veil, ladies.
She wanted very minor embellishment so I harnessed myself and limited the gems to just a few around the eyes.
I sewed a silver plated comb into the lining for extra security, and used a very special out-of-production brocade that I reserve only for brides.
I wanted to see how it would look with hair so I attempted to give this mannequin a wig up-do, but it falls short. I suppose it's time I got some live models back into circulation.
Oh! And there were bridesmaids! Two of them, to be exact. Both of them totally cool with wearing chickens on their heads. My kind of gals. Here is the first one:
There was a color palette that played off the country/farm type of setting where the wedding was held and I incorporated that by selecting birds with all those hues.
And the second one:
I'm having fun incorporating deveined and shaped feathers into my work these days, expect to see much more of it in the future.
Congratulations, Ashley and friends! And thank you for the honor of being part of such a tremendous moment of your life.