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WHO I AM:
My name is Jen Fanshaw. Having lived my life in the state of Idaho, I've always had a passion for our beautiful, natural environments, particularly for wildlife, conservation, and natural sciences. Building on a hobby of taxidermy and skull cleaning, I eventually began marketing my finished products and established the Desert Rose Taxidermy. I have been cleaning and preparing specimens for universities, museums, veterinarians, collectors, and artists around the world since 2008.

WHAT I DO:
My work exercises a unique form of 'recycling' by salvaging and acquiring and cleaning bones, skulls, and other specimens that are often unwanted, discarded or thrown away. I am breathing beauty and functionality back into this 'waste' and creating an opportunity for folks to utilize, study, and honor these natural pieces!


HOW I CLEAN:
I use a common method of bone cleaning called 'maceration'. This utilizes a natural decomposition bacteria to gently clean bones. This method takes nothing away from the natural luster of bone, and creates an organic, nutrient-rich by-product that I return to the soil. I do not bleach or boil any of my bones. My dried specimens are always dried using non-toxic, chemical-free methods.

THE FUTURE OF THE DESERT ROSE TAXIDERMY:
Within the next few years I am aiming to transform both my business and my life by going completely green. This will mean zero chemicals, zero non-recyclable waste, zero energy consumption, and 100% biodegradable and non-toxic materials across the board. I am confident that my fellow Earth-lovers and much appreciated clients will understand the importance of this decision!


CONTACT AND COMMUNICATION:
I am the sole operator of my business and can be extremely busy. I have no posted business hours and do not have a shop front open to the public. I will always strive to communicate quickly and clearly, answer your questions, and work out any issues that may arise.
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