New taxidermist opens shop in Grand County
October 1, 2015
GRANBY — Hunters and anglers who hope to preserve memories of their great catches or excellent hunts have a new taxidermist in Granby who specializes in realistic and artistic presentation of game animals.
Jon Beach, owner of Raging Bull Taxidermy, recently returned from a five-week course on the art of taxidermy at Second Nature School of Taxidermy in Montana. Armed with the specialized knowledge and the latest taxidermy techniques, Beach is ready to help hunters and anglers memorialize their achievements.
"I do big game, small game, fish and birds, with an emphasis on realistic and artistic presentation," Beach says. "From elk to moose, from trout to pheasants and other game birds, I'm trained and ready to preserve a fisherman's or hunter's exciting moments."
Beach enjoys doing taxidermy work because it entails both practical skill and an artistic eye to make sure that the animal is depicted in a way that reflects its life and its beauty.
"For elk, deer and even bears I can do both the more traditional wall mounts or even full body mounts," he says. "I use the authentic, original materials as much as possible to preserve the true essence of the moment."
For fish, the trend is increasingly on life-like replicas of the species, usually based on photographs and measurements taken at the time of the catch.
"An angler doesn't need to kill that beautiful fish in order for me to preserve that moment in a lifelike and realistic presentation," he says. "I can make the fish on the wall look just like the fish in the river or lake. All I need is a few good photos and good measurements."
Birds are increasingly popular as animals that hunters like to memorialize through taxidermy. Beach had extensive training in the techniques behind using the original birds to bring back to life the moment of the dashing pheasant or the flying duck.
Beach worked with the Grand Enterprise Initiative and Enterprise Facilitator Patrick Brower in getting his business started.
Beach and his company Raging Bull Taxidermy are based in Granby and he can be reached at 303-565-9005 or at email@example.com.
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