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NaturePunk

For The Wild-Hearted Souls

Portland, Oregon · 1462 Sales

NaturePunk

For The Wild-Hearted Souls

Portland, Oregon 1462 Sales On Etsy since 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars
(585)

Announcement   NOTICE: SHIPPING DELAYS! I'm exceptionally busy during this time of year and will only be shipping once every two weeks during this time!

NaturePunk Creations is a licensed fur-dealer and taxidermy arts business in the State of Oregon, with respect for the environment and the beings who inhabit it at the forefront of all its products. All animal parts used are sourced from roadkill, Fish and Wildlife auctions, are donated by supporters, or are purchased from secondhand sources such as fellow artists, auctions houses, estate sales, and antique stores. In this way, no animals are killed solely for the sake of artworks produced.

The goal has been to create beautiful and functional works of art from recycled and repurposed animal remains while maintaining a dedicated respect to the environment as a whole. While in college, I studied environmentalism, and have been actively involved with many different conservation groups around the country - and even internationally, as well! My creativity has lead me on many amazing adventures, both big and small, and your support ensures that this wild-hearted lifestyle endures!

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 2, 2016

NOTICE: SHIPPING DELAYS! I'm exceptionally busy during this time of year and will only be shipping once every two weeks during this time!

NaturePunk Creations is a licensed fur-dealer and taxidermy arts business in the State of Oregon, with respect for the environment and the beings who inhabit it at the forefront of all its products. All animal parts used are sourced from roadkill, Fish and Wildlife auctions, are donated by supporters, or are purchased from secondhand sources such as fellow artists, auctions houses, estate sales, and antique stores. In this way, no animals are killed solely for the sake of artworks produced.

The goal has been to create beautiful and functional works of art from recycled and repurposed animal remains while maintaining a dedicated respect to the environment as a whole. While in college, I studied environmentalism, and have been actively involved with many different conservation groups around the country - and even internationally, as well! My creativity has lead me on many amazing adventures, both big and small, and your support ensures that this wild-hearted lifestyle endures!

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Average item review
4.5 out of 5 stars
(585)
nataliepearson31

nataliepearson31 on Nov 27, 2016

3 out of 5 stars

Raccoon tail is GREAT--matches description and is very good quality. However it took over a month for the shop to ship it. After shipping it only took a day to arrive, but the delay in shipping was quite inconvenient.

Daria Dziewulska

Daria Dziewulska on Nov 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Only just got it and smelled it and I'm already in love.

Daria Dziewulska

Daria Dziewulska on Nov 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I'm totally in love with the scap fur I got. The coyote face is definitely my favourite. Will order more grab bags as soon as they are back in the shop :)

KindersGarden

KindersGarden on Oct 27, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

if you're like me and constantly having to wash your hands, you've probably experienced lotion burn before, when some store-bought lotion touches your dry skin and your hands feel like they're on fire. well, if you're sick and tired of the lotion burn, this tallow lotion is a great way to go. it's got a very light scent, and it's natural, not synthetic, so your hands won't burn when they come into contact with it. great stuff.

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About

It Started in the Woods

NaturePunk Creations was born from my own personal interest in the remains of wild things. I would find bones and skulls and teeth and claws on hikes through the woods and thought that the stories they told were mesmerizing. That fascination with animal remains lead me to start collecting museum-quality pieces for personal research, and, as my collection grew, I started to sell off some of my older findings in order to fund the acquisition of more and more.

Skulls and bones were nice and all, but I started to find that I was also fascinated with pelts, as well. So I sold off many of my skulls and eventually started working almost exclusively in recycled furs. I taught myself the art of taxidermy as a way to give some of my pelts more purpose than simple decoration, and have been doing so ever since. Headdresses are obviously my forte.

Most of my materials these days come from fellow artists and taxidermists, as well as from estate sales and auctions. I don’t buy from trophy hunters or fur farms, though do occasionally butcher animals which friends and family hunt for food. I also have a permit to collect roadkill in my home state, so I get many hides by that means, as well.

The spiritual aspect of what I do comes mostly from the fact that my job is, in a sense, to bring “new life” to a creature which has long-since passed on. I may only create the illusion of life by giving a face an expression, but it is nevertheless a powerful, even numinous, act.

I generally try not to get too attached to the pelts I work with, but it’s undeniable that certain ones stand out to me more than others. I can tell from a pelt the general age, sex, and physical health of the animal, as well as how it passed away, and what kind of life it lead before it died. Learning of the animal’s life story from the pelt itself kind of gives me an intimate familiarity with said animal. They become a friend to me.

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  • Sarah Bartell

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    Aside from being a licensed furbuyer and taxidermist in the State or Oregon, I've also dabbled in the arts of drawing, photography, silversmithing, beading, knife-making, and encaustic painting.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 20, 2016
All animal products I use in my creations are either sourced from roadkill, Fish and Game, or are from secondhand sources such as fellow artists, auctions houses, estate sales, and antique stores. I also support efforts by Fish and Wildlife to maintain ecological balance by culling problem species such as invasive exotics and overpopulated natives. In this way, I'm ensuring that no animals were needlessly killed for the sake of the artwork I produce. I fully believe that no part of any creature should go to waste if a purpose can be found for it, but I do not support trophy hunters or fur farms by buying byproducts like bones, skulls, furs, or claws directly from them.


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All payment is due within 48 hours of your purchase. I accept paypal and credit card transactions only at this time.
Shipping
GENERAL:
I ship all my items via USPS and print all labels directly from Etsy. As such, if your etsy address is incorrect, please let me know ASAP after checkout, or it will be sent to the wrong address. All items will be shipped out within three to four days of confirmed payment (excluding Sundays). I usually ship the day after, if I have the time.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING:
Note that international shipping is far more risky than shipping within the USA. If you have made a purchase and require international shipping, you are taking that chance at your own risk. If an item is lost in transit, I will NOT be held accountable for the loss. Items have been stolen and lost in transit before. Be aware that tracking international postage is not always possible, however, I always keep proof of shipment on hand. Also note that customs can take up to two weeks to sort through items, especially those containing wildlife parts, so be prepared to wait and allow time for items to arrive if purchasing them for a special occasion.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFO:
Once any item leaves my hands at the post office, regardless of destination, I can no longer be held responsible for it. If you are concerned about losing an item, contact me before or immediately after your purchase to arrange insured shipping at extra cost. Again, once an item leaves my hands at the post office, I can no longer be held responsible for it. If this is a concern for you, it's probably best to shell out a bit of extra cash for the insurance and added peace of mind.
Refunds and Exchanges
I do NOT accept returns unless the item is damaged due to packing problems, or if there is some kind of mix-up in the orders. I will not replace items lost in the mail, as this is the fault of the mail service, and not me. All returns are due within seven days. I will not pay return shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDERS:
Custom orders can be placed through etsy and paid for with Paypal. For most custom orders, I accept half down to cover supply cost, and the rest is collected upon completion of the project. Supplies cannot be "un-bought" once they are used, so the first half of the payment is non-refundable. Thus, before placing a custom order, please be certain that you are able to complete the transaction before committing to it.