How many of you think taxidermy is beautiful? How many of you think it is vulgar? There is often a fairly substantial divide. I happen to like taxidermy that is well done and I have had the privilege of visiting a taxidermist who did some work for my father: a bard owl, a pheasant and a large-mouth bass. The level of craftsmanship and knowledge it requires to create an inanimate representation of something that was once living is impressive, to say the least. When executed properly, the results can be striking. At its best, the art of taxidermy honours its deceased subjects with a kind of eternal dignity.
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