A little about us
My Grandfather, Keith Davis, had strong fascination with birds, specifically pheasants. During his married years, living in salt lake city, he landscaped a back yard suitable for raising pheasants. A pair of ring neck pheasant roosters were his first, and this started his lifelong passion for game bird breeding.
As years passed, Keith obtained and traded hundreds of game bird species. His expertise in breeding lead him to compete in the Utah Pheasant Association, winning first place in any category he set his mind to. With years of competing, and multiple first place awards, taking the win soon became less of a challenge and he was assigned as one of the judges. He was later elected as president of the association and served there for three years.
My Grandparents moved to Victor, ID in the 1970's with hopes of a bright future there. They built a home at the base of Pine Creek Pass along Hwy 31 and pursued their hobby in bird breeding. Multiple pens were set up behind their home raising ducks, to pheasants, and peacocks.
During his pursuit of bird breeding, Keith developed a talent for taxidermy; focusing on birds only. Somehow he managed to convince his wife Claudia, to skin the birds, allowing him to perform only the mounting process.
The Davis' became the famous owners of Fin 'n' Feather Taxidermy. The fin part in the name comes from the fishing ponds and cabin located downward from their home, entitled; Fin Springs. Feather obviously represents the taxidermy business.
They mounted hundreds of birds a year and become popular for having a bird museum in their own home. They were considered the best in the business and had a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.
In 2005, traveling back from Jackson, WY, my grandparents were in a tragic car accident, taking the life of my grandpa on impact and later my grandma as well.
Their business became a vivid memory after that point, until four years later, in 2009, when a simple thought changed everything.
My father had received a call from a taxidermist concerning a mountain lion he wanted mounted. This call struck an idea and a desire for me to start taxidermy was formed. We contacted an old friend of my grandparents, who worked closely with them in the art of taxidermy. We inquired of him to train me in the aspect of bird taxidermy and he accepted. This was the beginning of re-establishing Fin 'n' Feather Taxidermy. It's taken years of practice and hundreds of birds worked through to have developed my talent where it stands today.
I am privileged to honor the lives of my grandparents and continue in their legacy.