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Adrian Johnstone Taxidermist

About Us

We are a small friendly business, well known, and with extremely professional results in our work.

We still use many of the traditional ways in taxidermy. We use woodwool for making the mannequins, glass eyes for a real life effect, and natural poses for every animal and bird we work on.
We also freeze dry a lot of the smaller items now. This process is very well known and the results are the same as for the tradition method of taxidermy.  A little more aftercare is required by spraying you taxidermy with an anti-moth spray, or using moth balls where your item is kept.


History/background

Adrian Johnstone began his hobby of taxidermy when he was quite young, around the age of ten or eleven. He first used a book from Darlington library called 'Step by Step Taxidermy' to learn the basics. Many of his early subjects were small birds which were found by the roadside whilst out cycling on a weekend, mostly victims of road traffic. When he was eighteen Adrian moved to Harrogate in North Yorkshire to become a full time taxidermist, he did a three year apprenticeship with a company called Starbek Taxidermy, previously known as The World of Nature from Kirby Fleetham. Later he moved back to Darlington and opened up a workshop in 1984 where he prepared and sold taxidermy, and then later a shop on High Northgate from June 1986 until December 2007.

We still use many of the traditional ways in taxidermy. We use woodwool for making the mannequins, glass eyes for a real life effect, and natural poses for every animal and bird we work on.

We also freeze dry a lot of the smaller items. This process is very well known  and the results are the same as for the tradition method of taxidermy.

We are a small friendly business, well known, and with extremely professional results in our work
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