Specialist in creation, casting, conservation and restoration of naturalia

Biologist first, I then learnt traditional and modern preservation and animal mounting techniques. To complete the possibilities, I acquired and developed the techniques of casting, but also modeling, sculpture and painting.  Useful for specimens hard to stuff, these techniques allow either the copy of any item or pure creation, always with the aim of hyper-realism.

 

Finally, restorer' skills complete the picture not only for items of biological origin (naturalia: bones, teeth, horns, wood, shells, insects, fossiles etc.) but also for other types of collections (anthropological, archaeological, ethnographic...). Restoration and copy techniques have to deal with invasiveness and reversibility requirements. It is also advisable not to skew the original work, the hand of the craftsman/artist or the patina of use, even if it means limiting the extent of the intervention. Restoration is not necessarily synonymous with making new again.

 

 

Liévin Castelain, taxidermiste en Wallonie-Belgique - Trophées, mammifères, oiseaux, reptiles