I was born and bred in the countryside and feel I understand country life, and the wildlife that lives within it. During my school days art and sculpture was my main interest, Sculpture was something that was handed down to me from my father who was a professional moulder by trade. putting these things together with the passion for wildlife I felt the fascinating skill of taxidermy was a good combination.
Whilst a teenager I read several books on this ancient art form. I tried it but admittedly with little success. Being eager to improve my hobby I spent most of my spare time studying with the late professional Taxidermist, Brian Jackson.and Deer expert Kenneth Whitehead. I then joined the Guild of Taxidermists which gave me the confidence to improve. It then developed into a small business. That was nearly 30 years ago, and for the past 25 years I’ve provided a full taxidermy service mounting birds, mammals and specialising in Deer, African and Exotic shoulder and Pedestal mounts from my Studio in Padiham, Lancashire.in the early 1980’s my family relocated to the eastern cape of South Africa where they have lived ever since my Auntie was a manager on one of the biggest privately owned Game reserves in south Africa and for the past 20 years i have spent most of my time Studying and hunting in this area and have been glad to see my son follow in my footsteps to become a very well respected professional hunter and fisherman taking clients out to fulfill their African dreams
Work comes in from far and wide whether it be from schools, museums or private collectors. There is no set method of taxidermy which means I’m always trying variations on my technique to strive for perfection