The Process involved in taxidermy requires skill and more importantly an attention to
detail. Capilano Taxidermy takes pride and care in every step along the way. Taxidermy incorporates many crafts, such as carpentry,
woodworking, tanning, moulding and casting; but it also requires artistic talent, including the art of sculpture, painting and
drawing. In a modern deer head mount, for example, the only natural parts of the animal used are the antlers and the skin. All
of the other organs and tissues are recreated with man-made materials. The eyes are made from glass, the eyelids are sculpted
from clay, the soft tissues of the nose and mouth are sculpted from epoxy or wax, and the manikin or "form" (which incorporates
the anatomy of each muscle and vein) is made from polyurethane foam.
Today, some taxidermy mounts do not contain any parts of the animal at all. They are completely re-created from man-made materials. This is ideal for catch-and-release anglers, who can release their game fish unharmed, and can still have a life-sized trophy produced from a good color photo and measurements.
Works of taxidermy are displayed in museums, educational institutions, businesses, restaurants, and homes. There are many different methods for producing mounts (or re-creations) of different species.