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:
I just finished up a very unique commission that took months longer than anticipated:My client wanted a pair of turkey legs from her brother's farm to be mounted and embellished with the intent of using the toes/talons to hang her jewelry from.
Of course I was in love with the idea from the very start, but when she brought me the legs I was shocked. While my turkey mount experience is limited at best, I have handled legs before. They are usually large, but not much more meaty than a large rooster. This turkey was a monster! The feet were big enough to wrap around a small child's arm and meaty enough to make for a meal on their own.
I made slices along the side of each talon to access the meat so I could flesh it out. For traditional standing mounts where the turkey would be standing on an environment, foot pad side down, this is an easy job, but I had to keep in mind that the underside of these feet would be one of the focal points of the finished piece and therefore the cuts had to be neat and ultimately concealed.
I filled the foot in with clay where I had removed the flesh, sculpted it back into shape and wired the cuts shut so it could dry a bit in the right position. After the clay had firmed up I lined up the skin on either side of each cut and used superglue to seal them back up. I left the pair out to dry and cure a bit more, and perhaps it was the humid end of Summer climate but it took two months for them to get to a point where I could begin the finishing work. I then blended an epoxy clay into the "scars" and textured & painted them. When I was done, the cuts were blended in so well I can barely find them!
Next came mounting on a custom plaque and embellishing, my favorite part!
I fancy myself a bit of an alchemist when I'm taking vintage gems, some old jewelry of my own and marrying it with those either gifted to me or found on the street during my daily journeys, and giving them a new purpose. They go from being dormant and underappreciated to vibrant pieces of interactive art!
Since they were designed to hold jewelry, I gave them a test run with some of my own pieces before hadning off to my client.
Turkey legs as jewelry holders. I adore my clients!