How and when did you get into taxidermy?
I began training in taxidermy 2011, but before that, having self taught and also having an insatiable interest in taxidermy, anatomy and natural history from a young age.
Where did you learn?
I have been trained by master taxidermist Mike Gadd in bird and mammal taxidermy, along with other touring taxidermists. From there I trained and self taught myself. There are no formal qualifications in taxidermy, a love for animals and a passion for you interests gets you a long way.
How much are your classes?
Classes vary in price depending on the specimen and the level or intensity of the class. Taxidermy classes range from 3 to 9 hours and even can run into two day sessions. Entomology classes range from 1 to 3 hours. Please see our class timetable to see pricing and dates available or contact directly if you are interested in a certain workshop.
Where do you get the animals from?
All of Moth Studios specimens used in classes and in works are responsibly and legally obtained. All animals have been donated or found once they have passed. The animals come from aviaries, road kill, pet stores, pest control, natural deaths in the wild and sometimes pets. We do not violate any legal laws nor do we support anyone who practices this. Moth Studios has the upmost respect for animals, in life and after death and this is a priority and poignant in our constitution. We try not to use the word “ethical” as this has many different meanings and points of view to most people. For us, its the beauty and preservation of an animal that we can study during the taxidermy process and admire for years once its been mounted.
Terms & conditions
Moth Studios is a self employed small business, so when it comes to cancellations on classes, we can’t offer any refunds or exchanges as valuable time and stock has already went into prior management of these events. We hope you can understand the time it takes to arrange and plan such events. So please make sure you are able to attend before purchase! The same applies to our shop items, please make sure you are definitely sure on your decision before purchase.
- No refunds or exchanges on shop items
- No refunds or exchanges on class tickets
- UK shipping is always FREE
- We do NOT post outside of the UK on our website, however you can shop on our Etsy store where we ship internationally (see link to Etsy in our services section)
- We post orders within 1-2 working days of payment
- We mainly use Royal mail or parcel force for our post service/couriers
- Items are posted via 2nd class tracked