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Rachel
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Hello, and welcome to Weird City Taxidermy!

My name is Rachel and I'm a taxidermist in Austin, Texas, also known affectionately as The Weird City, hence the name Weird City Taxidermy! I've been practicing taxidermy since 2010 and I strive with every opportunity I'm given to continually grow and perfect my skills as a wildlife artist.

Weird City Taxidermy's tagline is "Real and imagined", meaning that while I primarily re-create animals in their natural form (real), I also welcome the chance to practice a little novelty/rogue taxidermy (imagined). Drop me a note if you have a taxidermy-related project in mind that you would like to discuss. And thanks for stopping by!





Commissions are currently open! I do both traditional mounts (lifesize, shoulder, you name it) and soft/plush mounts. I do not currently ship taxidermy or animal pelts or parts internationally. I will only ship these items to addresses within the United States. Texas residents are subject to an additional 8.25% sales tax. Pricing for traditional mounts can be found at my website, and pricing for soft mounts is below:

Raccoon, Skunk: $250
Fox: $300
Bobcat (must have CITES if outside of TX): $350
Coyote: $350
Wolf (must have CITES): $500
Other: Send me a note


Wires in the legs: $35 (*I no longer make full body armatures)
Head only: 60% of the soft mount lifesize price ($180 for fox, $210 for coyote)

The prices listed above do not include a pelt. You'll need to send me a pelt of your own, or I may locate and purchase one for you for an upcharge equal to 10% of the pelt's cost. There will be extra charges if the hide needs to be tanned. The above fees also do not include return shipping, which will be determined when it's time to ship the completed mount back to you. Generally this is around $30 for fox and coyote soft mounts. Traditional lifesize mounts are typically much more expensive to ship.

I prefer Paypal for online orders, as it's a fast, convenient, and safe method of payment for both the buyer and seller. I do not accept concealed cash or personal checks by mail (however, cash and checks are okay for local customers who make payment in person). As is customary for most taxidermy operations, I require a deposit of 50% of the mounting fee upfront; this amount is generally non-refundable, especially after it is used to cover supplies and/or tanning fees for the mount. The remaining 50% is due when the mount is complete and ready to be shipped back to you. If I'm purchasing a pelt for you, I'll need the full cost of the pelt upfront, plus shipping and any other fees required by the seller, in order to buy it.

Send me a note if you have any questions, concerns, etc. And check out my website, www.weirdcitytaxidermy.com, for pricing on traditional mounts and more!

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Every once in awhile I'll get a call from someone needing some kind of unusual taxidermy prop for a movie, tv show, commercial, etc. Hopefully one of these days I'll be able to help them out, but they've gotta start giving me a greater lead time. I am most likely not going to be able to get them what they need by next month, much less next week!
TFW you drop your hides off at the tanner, expecting a 3-4 week turnaround (which is already fast!)... and get a call 10 days later informing you that they're ready to be picked up. omfg OMG Eyepopping
I always seem to forget why I hate working with garment tans... until it comes time to mount up something that's been garment tanned.
Hey everyone! First and foremost I wanted to drop by real quick and say... I'm still around! Just too wrapped up in working on things to take the time to show off the things I'm working on. lol! As a result my taxidermy social media accounts have all been woefully neglected.

I have continued taking photos of nearly every finished piece before it leaves the shop, and those photos are currently sitting on my camera and/or computer waiting to be sifted through and posted when I can find the time and motivation. You all can expect those to show up here (as well as on Tumblr and Facebook) um... eventually? Hopefully in the near future. Maybe as my workload begins to slow down in the next few months or so. Will try to remember to use Instagram every once in a while too. It's become a lot to keep up with.

That said, I was featured recently in an article about taxidermy! Had a fun chat about the business and taxidermy in general up at the shop last weekend with a writer from The Austinot, a blog highlighting local businesses, entertainment, culture, etc in Austin, TX. You can read the article by clicking on the image below!



I was also included quite some time ago in a photo project by photographer Liz Moskowitz about the taxidermy community in Texas. Also featured were tanners, makers of glass eyes and mannikins, hydro dippers, butchers, woodworkers, and other taxidermists. You can see the photos and their captions at this link.

Like the title of this post says... just a little publicity! :) Hope all of you are well. I'll try to be more active again here-- and everywhere else-- soon.

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:iconshiranuikurai:
ShiranuiKurai Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018
heya!  did you receive my note?  :)
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WeirdCityTaxidermy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes! Replied just now.
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CanisLunticus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018  Student General Artist
Quick question: How did these animals die? did hunters kill them (and for what reason, was the animals sick or something?)
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WeirdCityTaxidermy Featured By Owner Edited Jan 16, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
Most were killed by hunters during their designated, state-regulated hunting season... and not because they were sick. Hunting is a popular recreational sport here in the US, especially in the state of Texas, and everyone who participates has their own reasons for doing so. Ultimately, it's all part of managing our local wildlife populations; hunters are allowed to take a certain number of each type of animal in a given period of time. Some species are more restricted than others, some are not protected at all, and some are off-limits entirely.

When it comes to deer, hunters are required by law to keep the meat, or donate it; they can't legally shoot a deer and then leave it to rot. However, bobcats, foxes, coyotes, etc are not eaten and are typically taken as trophies by hunters while they're in the field seeking out big game (deer or other ungulates like sheep)... though special "predator" or "varmint" hunts do exist where they're plentiful enough. Coyotes are considered nuisance animals and are often shot on sight in rural areas.

As for the rest of what you see here, some were taken by trappers to earn a living. Others were bred and raised for their fur ("ranch" foxes). In very rare cases some are salvaged roadkill. And occasionally a pet owner will bring me their deceased pet to preserve the bones or pelt.
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CanisLunticus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018  Student General Artist
Trophy hunting?? Welp im out. 
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WeirdCityTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, you win some, you lose some.
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Cynderthedragon5768 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HI! I was looking for someone to mount my wolf, and you're one of the few people who actually make it look like a wolf ;0; are you open for mounting commissions maybe?

im looking around and checking prices and stuff : D
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WeirdCityTaxidermy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, glad you like what you see! And yes, I'm open for commissions. :)
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Cynderthedragon5768 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh awesome! I think you're def the best option I could go for since MidnightWolfDesigns(?) doesn't do them anymore x.x

I'm hoping to get a softmount of my wolf. Can you put wires in the legs to make them possible? Also I know it's a bit odd but would you allow me to send in custom painted eyes for him? I wanted my wolf to have a unique eye design I was gonna paint myself.
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WeirdCityTaxidermy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, of course, wires in the legs are just $35 extra. And you sending in your own eyes is no problem at all; for a wolf, just make sure the eye has a 20 or 22 mm iris.
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