HalfEmbalmed

Taxidermy, Curiosities, Oddities and More

Kansas City, Missouri · 268 Sales

Announcement   Welcome to Half Embalmed, a diverse shop where you will find a variety of curiosities to suit your desire for the odd and elegant. Strict ethical guidelines are followed and no animals are harmed or killed to create these pieces. These are fragments of lives lost brought back to forever be looked at in wonder.

The artist is a working member of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists and has been featured in galleries around the US and internationally. To get updates and view the process and other projects you can follow Simone on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr by searching username HalfEmbalmed, or visit simonesmith.com.

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 4, 2018

Welcome to Half Embalmed, a diverse shop where you will find a variety of curiosities to suit your desire for the odd and elegant. Strict ethical guidelines are followed and no animals are harmed or killed to create these pieces. These are fragments of lives lost brought back to forever be looked at in wonder.

The artist is a working member of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists and has been featured in galleries around the US and internationally. To get updates and view the process and other projects you can follow Simone on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr by searching username HalfEmbalmed, or visit simonesmith.com.

Simone Smith

Contact shop owner

Simone Smith

View all 28 items

Reviews

Average rating
5 out of 5 stars
(71)
5 stars
66
4 stars
3
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
2
View all 71 reviews

Updates

Spiderwebs are back in stock, these are the last of this season until next year.
Black Friday through Cyber Monday shipping on all domestic orders of $15 or more is free!

Tagged in this photo

Free shipping on all domestic orders of $10 or more until 10/31
View all 5 updates

About

Now halfway between life and death, they're all Half Embalmed...

This obsession turned career started the day I hit a squirrel with my car. It was the first animal I had ever run over. I pulled over and looked at him, he was clearly dead. I saw a story in his lifeless eyes, a life that I wanted to bring back. I cried for a bit and then thought "I might as well not let him go to waste" and drove home with him.
I started practicing taxidermy on my dining room table and became obsessed with reanimating these lifeless animal bodies. As a taxidermist I get to know each individual animal very intimately and it forms a bond. Opening up and seeing the inside of the animals I pick up is about as intimate as you can get. I see their hearts, their eyes, beautiful markings on the fur that no one else may have ever noticed. I never let any part go to waste. When not creating full taxidermy mounts I make jewelry and hair fascinators with paws, wings, bones and any parts I have left. I became a proud working member of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists and follow their strict ethical guidelines. No animals are ever harmed or killed to create my pieces.
I began to crave more and expanded my business into preserving museum quality wet specimens, mounting insects, and bone cleaning with dermestid beetles. I quickly outgrew the dining room where it all started and now have happily moved into a large studio space with room for every part of my business.
I continue to be inspired every day when I'm working and Half Embalmed will continue to expand and evolve as I do.

Shop members

  • Simone Smith

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Rogue Taxidermist, Jeweler, Bone Processor, Reanimator Of The Dead

    My tagline these days is "I'll take anything without a heartbeat." I surround myself with death, but I feel that in working with death I am breathing new life into the animals I find. It's a beautiful, intimate process that I put my whole heart into.

  • Shawn Tabitha

    Assistant, Photographer, Creator

    Tabitha just joined the Half Embalmed family after receiving her degree in Wildlife from Humboldt State University. She assists Simone on various projects from handing her the scalpel during the taxidermy process to photographing and documenting projects and products. She is an artist herself and sells some of her work here at Half Embalmed.

Shop policies