Taxidermy for dummies

This is how the Russian taxidermy a horse .

I believe there are lot of other different ways to taxidermy an animal all over the world, and the following photos show how they taxidermy a horse step by step.

So what is Taxidermy ? The word Taxidermy is from Ancient Greek τάξις (taxis, “arrangement”, “order”) + δέρμα (dérma, “skin”) , so an arrangement for a skin.(wiki)

Taxidermy is a science that demands good skills and knowledge in anatomy, chemistry and physiology. Naturally, a taxidermist should also be an artist, talented and creative.

This is an experienced taxidermist and owner of an art studio KazWolf.

He says that they mostly receive orders for making stuffed wolves but right now, he’s working on a stuffed horse.

To make a stuffed animal, they have to first of all examine it and its body build.

This horse will become an exhibit in a museum in Karaganda.

Today, it’s not enough to just stuff the animal’s skin with shavings, like they did before. To make the stuffed animal lasting, they have to make a polyurethane foam sculpture first.

Stuffed animal production includes several stages: they have to make a model, prepare a skin, and then assemble, dry and treat the stuffed animal.

Eliminating defects.

Taxidermists have to know each detail on the animal’s body to make the stuffed animal look real.

Skins are brought to the studio from slaughterhouses and markets.

Note that the skin doesn’t fit tightly all over the sculpture. In some places it’s loose-fitting and forms wrinkles.

Each skin undergoes special treatment (they wash it, remove fat and salt and do other procedures).

They’re going to sew up the ‘stomach’ of the stuffed horse.

This horse is also made for a museum.

But unlike the one for Karaganda, it is going to have a horseman.

‘Cosmetic repairs’.

They comb the horse’s mane and arrange it with a hair drier.

Artificial eyes can be found in pet shops and factories producing ocular prostheses.

Artificial eyes should make the stuffed animal look real. That’s why it is one of the most difficult parts of the work.

They pin the skin to the sculprure to make muscles visible.

Each skin has defects and the taxidermist has to rectify them with paint.

Varnishing the hoofs.

It is difficult to work with a horse’s skin because you can’t hide the defects it has with long hair like the one a bear or wolf have.

This horse costs 1 million tenges.



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