As sons and daughters of Southern Africa, we grow up in a culture where there is a passion for the outdoors and with lessons handed down by our forefathers. Life in Africa is a continued experience of cultures and diversities the continent holds. As fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters we take pleasure in giving the same gift of wildlife and all the wonders of nature to the next generation that we have received.
Douglas and Tim became taxidermists, not because of boyhood dreams, but by an amazing turn of fortune and the discovery of an incredible gift – the ability to interpret wildlife using the craft of taxidermy. With a lifelong love of wildlife, a passion for creative thinking, and a bit of luck, Douglas was offered the opportunity to learn the foundations of quality taxidermy from several artists. Over time and with patience, he has been able to apply his skills as a taxidermist to most of the African species and a large majority of those hunted in North America, Europe and Asia.
Throughout the years, we have met many outdoor-enthusiasts who contributed to the insight we have gained into wildlife. We have translated that knowledge into this incredible craft as a professional taxidermist.
Strong relationships and skills development
In an industry guarded by secrets, the path to the present was one built on strong relationships with other taxidermists and craftsmen from across the globe. Over the years, we have honed our own skills but more importantly, passed these skills on to other amazing artists who in turn have helped build Splitting Image Taxidermy into the global taxidermy studio it is today.