Blair Taxidermy

Blair Taxidermy Here to preserve your trophy no matter how big or small For more than 22 years, Don Shura has offered quality hunting preservation that you can trust.

We will preserve your prized hunt with the highest quality of custom mounts.

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With a fish mount, the skin is removed and tanned much like other taxidermy procedures. However, after the skin has dried, the fish will have lost all its colors. It will take hours of careful painting by the taxidermist to get the colors and patterns correct and make the specimen look lifelike again.


Finally bagging that incredible piece of game is the result of long hours, a lot of work, and a certain degree of adventure. When you have a taxidermist prepare a trophy for you, you get to celebrate that experience every time you look at it.


In the mid and late 1800s taxidermists would preserve an animal by stuffing it with straw or sawdust, with very little concern for biological realism. Today taxidermy is used by museums (like the Smithsonian), and the attention to detail in regard to accuracy and authenticity is striking.


Many people are not familiar with the almost never seen animal called the jackalope, and for good reason: it doesn't exist except in the world of taxidermy. This is because of the Wyoming Merrick brothers, amateur taxidermists who decided to play a prank and put antlers on the head of a rabbit, and then told everyone that is was real!


The oldest known instance of taxidermy is from the 16th century. The rhinoceros is preserved in a museum in Italy, and the preservation techniques were good enough that it’s still in good condition today.


Have you gone on a once-in-a-lifetime hunting trip or safari? Then you’ll want to make sure you commemorate it, and the best way to do that is with taxidermy. The trophies you get will be a steadfast reminder of the experience and adventure you had.


We’ve all heard the tales of the enormous fish someone caught or the 10-pointed buck they shot. When you use a taxidermist, you have the proof of your story right there on your wall so you can impress your friends for years to come.


Taxidermy was an ever growing business in the 1850s, and indeed by the year 1880 the first American competition was held with the 1st place award going to the taxidermist William Hornaday. His "A Fight in the Tree Tops," which depicted two male orangutans fighting, was so accurate that it inspired taxidermists far and wide to strive for a similar realism.


If you just caught the largest large-mouth bass of your life and you want to preserve it for all time, then get it to a taxidermist! However, there are a few things that you can do to increase the odds that the mounting will be favorable. First, never use a stringer or net, and don't let the fish flop around in your cooler.


Every species of animal exhibits such different characteristics that different mounting techniques and processes are used for creating the final product, and it takes the skills of a professional taxidermist to know the correct method to use.


Proper care is key to making sure your taxidermy looks great. Dust and skin oils will discolor fur or hair, so don’t handle taxidermied specimens frequently and make sure to dust them on a regular basis to keep them looking great.


When taxidermy is well done, it will recreate a moment from the animal’s life, so you want the trophy to look as lifelike as possible. This is where the artistry of a professional taxidermist comes in, using all of their skill to give you the perfect trophy.


Many of the early naturalists (Darwin, et. al.) needed to be taxidermists. This was the only possible way they could bring back examples of the new and interesting species that they discovered on their journeys.


During the animal tanning craze in England (1850s–1880s) hunters and naturalists sought to have almost every kind of animal preserved through taxidermy. In fact, it was the refinement of the tanning process that made modern taxidermy possible.


You should display your taxidermy in a climate controlled area that is cool, dry, and away from direct light to make it last. Damp conditions can cause mold or mildew, while overly hot temperatures can cause the hide to crack or split.


Taxidermy skills and services are not solely for hunters. They can also be used by artists and others who want to create natural scenes as part of their work. We have the skills to put specimens in natural postures to achieve the visual impact you are after.


Having a long-time pet immortalized is becoming more of a socially acceptable practice, and it makes sense. Burial can be impersonal and the elaboration of ceremony associated with it can be off-putting. A taxidermist can help keep the memories alive in a tasteful manner.


Taxidermy can be so lifelike that it’s easy to think the whole animal was preserved, but that’s actually not the case. Taxidermy preserves the fur, scales, feathers, or antlers of the animal, then puts them over a form to recreate a lifelike appearance.


In the early to mid 20th century, displaying wild animals, birds, and even fish in the home was a hobby, first of the upper classes (who could more readily afford them) and later by more and more people who found the practice fascinating. This was instrumental in expanding the art of taxidermy.


The taxidermy process for fish differs and the method to use depends on if it the specimen is a cold water, warm, fresh water, or saltwater denizen. Warm water fish require skin mounting and it is stretched over a mold or filled with a specific filler material. Cold-water fish require skin mounting but are usually filled with a moldable foam.


In addition to improved methods of preservation, modern taxidermy changed the way animals are displayed. Most modern taxidermists prefer to pose animals in natural positions that would appear in real life for display.


The word “taxidermy” comes from a combination of Greek words: "taxis" (an agreement or arrangement) and "derma" (which means skin). Louis Dufresne was the first to use the word “taxidermy” in his 1803 book “Nouveau dictionnaire d'histoire naturelle.”


One focus of taxidermy involves capturing the true colors of a specimen, including color of the hide and the density of the feathers. Musculature is an all-important detail which begins with a clay model that, with the help of an armature and skeleton, helps the taxidermist re-create structure. A plaster mold is then produced, which yields a skin-holding frame.


In 1798, few people knew about the platypus or even assumed such an animal even existed when Captain John Hunter first sent a platypus pelt (along with a corresponding sketch of the unknown animal) to England. Interestingly, it was rejected publicly and even thought to be a hoax.


Taxidermy is an art that is as beloved as it is competitive. In fact, one of the categories in today's heated competitions is called "Re-Creations." Here, competitors are judged (without getting to use any of the actual animal's parts) on accuracy and realism. For example, one might create a turkey using an eagle's feathers.


Did you know that the total wait to have an animal or fish fully mounted, from start to finish can take over a year or more to complete? Not only does the tanning process take time, but taxidermists are dedicated to making all the details perfect.


When you get right down to it, a trophy is going to be yours, which means it should fit your ideas and style while still being a faithful recreation. A taxidermist will work with you on features like pose, expression, and setting to give you the perfect trophy.


Two of the more common terms in taxidermy are “trophy” and “specimen.” The former refers to mounted items that are usually placed on walls. “Specimens” refer to animals that are exact replicas of how they appear in the wild.


While the focal point of any trophy is the animal itself, the right additions and dressing can really make the trophy sing. Skilled taxidermists are experts at adding these little details, such as tufts of wild grass or perfectly positioned stones.


Most people’s hunting takes place in their local area, so if you have a hunting trip to another continent like Africa or Asia, you want to make sure you commemorate the event. The best way to do this is to have your trophies made by an experienced taxidermist.


Did you know that most taxidermists mount saltwater fish as a re-creation, using man-made materials? This is because of how quickly they shrink and spoil once they are dead. Here, the taxidermist creates a polyester resin and fiberglass mold and then meticulous paints each and every scale on the entire fish.


Early taxidermy around the time of Charles Darwin and James Cook was in its infancy and indeed was a crude and rudimentary "science." The preservation of new species was done with dead animals being gutted then stuffed with sawdust or straw and their hides tanned, and all of it stitched up.


Although taxidermy in the 21st century has come a long way from the early days of the practice, it still has its roots there. In fact, a nod must still be given for Carl Akeley (1864–1926) whose method of realistic and accurate mounting is now the recognized standard.


The old saying goes that the fish gets bigger every time the fisherman tells the story of his big catch. By choosing to taxidermy your big prize, you’ll be able to prove that you really did catch a fish that big -- at least once.


As a hunter or fisherman, if you want to keep that elk or "hundred-pound bass" for life, then a taxidermist is your best option. This way you can have that elk head or that bigger-than-life fish put on your wall so you can remember that moment forever.


795 N Douglass Ln
Tyrone, PA


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