“Shop Life” 
My workshop is the core to my inspiration and where my work is produced. It’s where my concepts are thoroughly thought through, designed and created. It’s a positive environment where all are welcome and treated equally with kindness. My collection of wildlife, both mounted and unmounted, gives inspiration for diverse ideas needed in upcoming projects. I am as dedicated to my work as I am to my clients and my prospective clientele.                                     

“Base work”
Base work is essential to taxidermy, because without the base, the animal is not complete. I have collected many detailed pieces of dried wood, driftwood, fence posts, mosses, and grasses for different options on base making. I take great pride in my base work when it comes to challenges that test my skills. I’m open to any and all thoughts and I have an unlimited amount of patience when it comes to finding new ways to create what my clients prefer.
My bases can range from small cedar driftwood, medium sized wooden bowls, nests of all shapes and sizes, and underwater kingdoms. I have also worked with a few different types of artificial water but none that I have found to be breathtaking, the agent I currently use is called Envirotex which is a two part epoxy, it can add a nice touch if used creatively. I prefer to make as much of the base in my shop as possible, rather then purchasing something pre-made. To me it’s more personal to have the entire mount originate in my shop rather then claiming someone else’s work.

“My Products”
When someone says taxidermy what do you think of? Taxes? Well honestly some people have no idea what it is. “Taxi” = moving and dermis = skin, which is the moving and shaping of skin on manikins that replicate the correct size of the original carcass.
First, measurements are taken of the animal and the preferred form is decided upon. Once the fleshing and tanning processes are complete the forms are prepared or altered if needed. The face is then thinned, ears are inserted and glue and clay applied to the form. The skin is then fitted around the form and tucked where need be, pinned in place, and sewn up. The size of the animal determines the drying time.
Now that you have a better view of taxidermy, here’s a little bit about my taxidermy! I am the owner and operator of 1 Lucky Shot and reside/work in Sebewaing, MI. I work by myself and focus on every detail needed to keep my customers happy. I am a very devout worker when it comes to capturing the fine points in my job. My turnout rate is 4 - 5 months, turkeys requiring longer time due to the process of freeze drying(3 1/2 months) the heads.