Still life

Danny Clark and Duncan Crawford certainly know their stuffing stuff.

This world-renowned waterfowl taxidermist and his keener apprentice have the skills to make people do a double take or two when they see the menagerie of mounted wildlife at their combined outfitter and taxidermy business, Cass’ Creek Trading Post, in Covehead.

“With taxidermy, the ultimate compliment is when somebody says, ‘Oh my god, it looks alive!’ Because anybody can take a skin and mount it, and ultimately that’s taxidermy, but to make it anatomically correct and a true representation of the animal, therein lies the real challenge,” says Crawford, who is also president of the Prince Edward Island Wildlife Association.

Clark was just 13 years old when he first ventured into the art of taxidermy almost a half century ago.

“Dad did a lot of hunting and fishing and I went out with him all the time. I think a lot of times it’s

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