Essential tools and supplies for a career in taxidermy include scalpels, sheers, knives, fleshing implements and mounting stands. The job also calls for painting implements, needles and thread, modeling putty, treatment chemicals, and various items to recreate the animal's skeletal structure and create a solid body for the pelt.
The taxidermy process involves taking a deceased animal, removing its pelt from the body, and attaching it to an artificial internal structure to reposition it in a stance resembling the living creature, commonly for use in museums or private collections. The essential tools and supplies for the job begin with a series of knives and scalpels which the taxidermist uses to skin the animal and separate the fur from the flesh. There are also special manual and electronic tools to help clean the pelt, which include long blades to remove the flesh from larger pelts as well as versatile hand tools to clean small areas.
Taxidermists also need to use special chemicals to treat the pelts before beginning the recreation process, which help prevent bacterial growth on the remaining organic materials and reduce unpleasant smells. Other supplies for the job include special needles and threads which the taxidermist uses to restore the pelt to its original positioning, typically over a metal or wooden skeleton. Some taxidermists also use paint and modeling clay to cover up damage in the pelt, as well as artificial eyes and teeth.