Do you kill animals for your art?
Absolutely not. All of my bones, insect wings, and animal remains are ethically sourced.
Where do you get your bones?
The majority of my bones are meticulously dissected from owl pellets. Larger bones are ethically sourced via donations, surplus from taxidermy projects, and occasional purchases.
What does “ethically sourced” mean?
For me, “ethically sourced” means that the animal (from which I am using the bones or parts) was not intentionally killed by a human. The only exception I allow is when the animal is humanely hunted for the purpose of harvesting the meat for food.
What is an owl pellet?
When an owl is hungry, it will go hunting and devour its prey. Unfortunately, owls don’t have any teeth so instead of chewing their food they take large bites and end up swallowing a lot of indigestible materials. These materials (bones, fur, and feathers) are compacted and regurgitated in the form of a pellet.
Are you a taxidermist?
I have a taxidermy license, but I prefer to call myself an artist. Most of my work involves bones, though I do occasionally dabble in the realm of mummification and taxidermy. Perhaps one day, I will perfect my skill to the level that I would feel comfortable using the title of Taxidermist.
Can I send you bones or animal remains?
Can I send you owl pellets?
Do you have any bat skeletons/skulls?
Nope. The majority of bat skulls and skeletons are imported into the United States and I have yet to find a source that meets my ethical standard.
How do I buy your items?
Do you take custom orders?
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