Taxidermy is a general term describing the many methods of reproducing a life like three dimensional representation of an animal for permanent display. In some cases, the actual skin (including the fur, feathers, or scales) of the specimen is preserved Mounted over an artifical armature. In other cases, the specimen is reproduced completely with man made materials. The word "taxidermy" is derived from two ancient Greek words; taxis, meaning movement;andderma, meaning skin. Loosely translated. taxidermy means the movement of skin. This is a fairly appropriate definition as many taxidermy procedures involve removing the natural skin from the specimen, replacing this skin over an artificial body, and adjusting the skin until it appears lifelike. The modern practice of taxidermy incorporates many crafts, such as, carpentry, woodworking, tanning, molding and casting; but, it also requires artistictalent, including the art of sculpture, painting, and drawing. In a modern deer head mo unt 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 mannikin or form (which incorportates the anatomy of each muscle and vein) is made from polyurethane foam.