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:
Occasionally I get repair jobs from folks who have damaged mounts, broken antlers or busted skulls. This case isn't much different ezcept for the size factor involved. I think these moose antlers make up the largest rack I've ever dealt with.
The owner had mounted them to a stone wall outside her house but not in any particular fashion that would anchor them in properly, and over time the sheer weight of these bad boys just pulled them out and they fell off. I'm not sure if the fall caused any of the cracking or of all the blemishes/cracks are just general wear and tear.
Regardless, there were several points at which the cracks compromised the integrity of the the antler itself, plus a handful of cosmetic issues. I set about using an epoxy compound to fill in the more significant negative space:
Next I used a type of paint specifically designed for antler restoration to blend all the filling with the rest of the antler, as well as mixing up the right shades to correct some of the markings that took away from the natural beauty of the actual antler:
Terrible picture for size reference:
Finished product. I also drilled more stable holes at the base and left her with instructions on how exactly to have it mounted this time around.
I have a hunting client who helps me keep a hand in the Traditional Taxidermy pot by commissioning commercial mounts every now and again, which is a good way to keep my anatomical skill set on point and build upon my technical repertoire. Back in the Fall he brought me this buck with the sweet 7 point rack. Actually, he called me first and told me it was sitting in his fridge because he didn't have room in his freezer. By the time he was able to get it to me, several days had passed. This is very much a less than ideal situation for a taxidermist, as decomposition can set in quickly and cause irreversible damage.
When Mr. Buck finally made it to my studio, he smelled a little ripe and there was definitely hair slippage. For non taxidermy enthusiasts out there, slippage is just a word for the hair falling out. This is a bad sign. Most of it was concentrated in an area on the neck though, and I wanted to still give it a go.
My client left and I got to work skinning the head and cutting the rack off the skull. This was the part where I experienced a lifetime's worth of tick encounters. I think I stopped counting at 20 but there was most definitely double that- at the very least. Big fat gluttonous ticks who'd been feasting off this beast's flesh for the last three or four days. I cut one after another in half with my blade but it seemed like the more I decimated, the more there were. I would be slicing one and glance at my hand just in time to see another slowly waddling up my finger. I worked as quickly as possible, tied the whole mess up in a garbage bag and threw it in the freezer to kill the rest of them. Then I set to work picking strays off my arms. I felt an itch on my armpit, scratched, and knocked a tick off.
It's coming from inside the house. Some of those little jerks had actually made it up my arm and under my shirt! A cold wave of panic gushed through my veins and I stripped off all my clothes in the middle of my studio, jumping around slapping my skin like a spastic bird.
Thankfully I managed to remove them all before a single one had a chance to latch on and possibly give me Lyme disease. Still, the amount I found (dead, thankfully) post pickling and tanning still clinging to this deer hide was remarkable.
I tried my new big girl needles on this hide for sewing up the incision, and I'm in love. I don't know if this type is made for deer or any specific type of hide but I bought them on a whim because I love trying new products. They have with a glistening sharp tripoint tip- which is how most hide needles are made, actually- and an S shape that gives hard working hands a boost of leverage. There's even a little"no skid" textured area near the threading hold. My hands took to them like ducks to water. I cannot recommend these big girl needles strongly enough.
I got Mr. Buck all sewed up; the seam was slightly unconventional and the brisket part of the chest lays a bit weird- this was all a result of my needing to shift and manipulate the hide a bit to compensate for the area with all the slippage I mentioned earlier. I think despite all that he turned out quite nicely. He also looks great with rabbit tail earrings.
Give us a wink, Bucky!