Aquatic Originals Taxidermy by
David Wooddell, Sr., Wildlife Artist

An original fiberglass mount of a largemouth bass caught in an August tournament on Lake Palestine.

David Wooddell, Sr. is a past award-winning taxidermist, competition judge, and seminar instructor, who operated The Sportsman's Den Taxidermy Studio in Flint, (1978-1991) but left the profession in 1991 to concentrate on his taxidermy supply company.

Back in 1987 with the advent of Operation Share a Lone Star Lunker, David and his wife began Fish Clones, Etc., a company supplying the most realistic fiberglass fish reproductions available to the trade at the time. The company grew, but it was hard to find employees that cared about the quality of workmanship.

A lightning bolt struck his shop, causing a fire in April of 1996 from which they never recovered. Struggling to rebuild, he faced the choice of the business, or his family, and chose his family, and began his return to The LORD.

It was then that he realized that through taxidermy competitions, he had sought man's approval, and not God's. He also saw the winning mounts in competition evolve to the point of trying to improve on what God created. The standard by which a finished mount should be compared is the living specimen. Only The LORD can bring the dead back to life.

Unfortunately, many taxidermists today are much the same as in the 1960's. It is easy to take a course online, buy the "diploma" and hang out a sign. Unscrupulous people take in more work than they can finish in a reasonable time frame, often through deceptive advertising and misrepresent another's work as their own. These pretenders often lure customers with low prices, and the mounts may never be completed. Doing this form of wildlife art well takes time and an extensive knowledge of God's creations. Doing any business ethically takes a personal relationship with The Creator.

Displaying a 32-year-old goose mount shows that if you do things right the first time, they will look just as good years from now.

Our goal is to please God first by doing our best in preserving a likeness of His creatures. In the process, the customer will be happy, knowing Who set that standard, and can rest assured they will get their trophy back in a reasonable time frame.

David came out of retirement to fill a void in the local area for top quality taxidermy. We provide a service to those who appreciate a quality trophy that will stand the test of time. It is apalling what people accept, especially those who shop price alone.

With well over 30 years experience in all aspects of taxidermy, David again offers his God-given talents after much praying, and soul searching. God and he agreed that the credit belongs to Him, and there would be no more competitions. He learned from some of the best in the trade over the years, and taught some of the nation's finest along the way.

A 33-year old pronghorn antelope, still in great condition.

Let us preserve your special trophy the way it deserves to be done.

Basic price list Our standard mount prices.

Care of Your Trophy What to do, and not to do to insure the best possible outcome in your trophy mounts.

Photo Gallery Some photos of my personal trophy mounts. Customer's mounts also designated.

Items for Sale Fiberglass fish mounts that you can buy, and we will ship to you if needed. Packing and shipping costs are extra, only reflect our actual costs.

Last updated October 2, 2017

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