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Custom wolf headdress for sale. This was a $1,500+ project but the commissioner failed to complete payments and was generally just hard to deal with. Selling for $800.00 (reduced from$900.00) to recoup losses. 

This is a beautiful wolf with a perfect serene expression on its face and thick timber brown winter fur. Has front feet and claws! 

Payment plans are available! Please contact me directly through Etsy for more details

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The infamous Cheetah that Daniel M. mounted after many taxidermists told him the skin would turn into ‘cheetah soup’ after it was rehydrated because it was a 70 year old pelt.   It managed to hold up hydration and was mounted up.  It was featured in a previous issue of Breakthrough magazines.

Its important that with mountable skins that they must be stored properly in order to make sure the tan holds up as well as getting it tanned properly.  If I recall this skin was in a museum freezer as a dry tan all those years.

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This is a ‘blind’ wolf headdress I created for a customer. It was a fun wolf to work with and has some of the most beautiful markings I’ve ever seen on a black/silver specimen.

The issue, though, is that the customer has not paid for this commission, and I have not been able to reach them in over a year. I held on to it, hoping that maybe they’d get back to me eventually, but I’m done waiting.

I need the money. My truck’s break system is literally screaming for repairs, I have some hunting gear to pay off, and a bunch of art projects that I need to finish but which I’m unable to work on until I get more supplies.

So I’m selling this wolf to the first person who wants it. Asking supply and labor cost only. I’m not trying to make a profit on this. I just want my money back so I can my life and business back into sway. $960.00 shipped. 

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Meet the “beefalo” - a hybrid between a wild bison and a domestic cow. These animals are often bred not merely for novelty, but also because they are heartier in cold weather, don’t suffer from many diseases that normal stock are susceptible to, and because they produce leaner meat than their domestic counterparts. 

I actually started looking into these guys because I purchased a strange pelt on Craigslist last weekend that looked, from the listing photos, to be an abnormally-dark buffalo hide. But when I saw the skin in person, it was clear this was not the case. The hide had characteristics of both domestic cow and wild bison, and because I’d heard of beefalo before without having done much research on the breed, I decided to look into a bit more in-depth. 

Bingo. The skin looks like a blackish-brown bison skin with a ‘mane’ and everything, but the hair is a bit more coarse and wiry than you’d expect from a full-blooded bison. The seller initially thought the pelt was from an enormous black bear, to give you an idea as to what kind of fur this thing has. I’ll have to snap some photos of it tomorrow when I’ve got better light.

For now, enjoy the novelty of these amazing hybrids. 

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The bear headdress I recently completed saw its first LARP game! My wonderful customer had some amazing things to say about it and they absolutely made my entire weekend:

“Seriously, I don’t think I could ever really put in the right words how I feel about this bear, it is sincerely one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen and owned. Your craftsmanship is far beyond talented and I cant thank you enough for this stunning piece. 

It’s more than just a prop for me, it holds deep spiritual meaning and a strong connection with nature itself. I fell so madly in love with it the moment I saw it, and then even more so the moment I put it on. It gives me such an incredible feeling like no other and I’m so proud to wear it and oh gosh I’m just rambling now, sorry. 

Anyhow, this game was amazing and I had so many people compliment, admire, and gawk over my headdress. Everyone was so enthralled and amazed and could hardly keep their hands off of it. I made sure to answer all their questions and point them in the right direction! Seriously, the entire town fell in love with the headdress and were so happy for my character.” 

This is what makes my job so absolutely rewarding. I adore seeing the positivity that my taxidermy brings to people, especially those who, in turn, share their excitement and their own positivity with others. I am so stoked to see where else this bear goes next! 

Photos and kind words courtesy of Layla Lopez, AKA Little Bear. 

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BeeWitch’s Loose Ends Giveaway!

Here is the last of my 4 giveaways! The other three are the Skull, Owl Teapot, and Fairy Giveaways! :)

If you win this Giveaway, you will receive:

  • A coyote pelt scrap
  • A corked glass bottle
  • New orange and black ribbon
  • A purple glowstick pitchfork
  • A pendulum mat
  • A small bag of Jobs Tears

Some fun stuff here! :D  Now, the Rules!

  1. Must be following me.
  2. Must be within the US (sorry! I only have so much money for shipping). 
  3. Must have your ask enabled. If I cannot message you when you win, I’m going to pick someone else.
  4. Must respond to message of win within 48 hours, or I will pick someone else.
  5. No giveaway blogs (meaning if your blog is just a blog you use to reblog giveaways, you won’t win, because I’ll check).

Only reblogs count as entries! You can reblog as many times as you want!

Giveaway ends Sunday October 20th, 2013! Good luck!