Frank Gilbert is a Taxidermist. He is 60.
ONLY: How long have you been into taxidermy?
FRANK: Well, Iâ€™m 60 now and Iâ€™ve been doing it since I was 11, so I reckon thatâ€™d be 49 years.
ONLY: How did you get into it in the first place?
F: I just had a total interest in wildlife and. Itâ€™s the love of my life doing this work.
ONLY: Whatâ€™s your favorite animal youâ€™ve ever worked on?
F: I canâ€™t say I have a favorite, I enjoy them all. Theyâ€™re individual animals and each one gets its amount of time required.
ONLY: Are there any animals youâ€™d like to work on that you havenâ€™t yet?
F: I like the big cats, those Iâ€™d like to do. There are some big sheep from around the world that Iâ€™d like to work with.
ONLY: Where do you get your ideas and inspiration?
F: A lot of thinking, looking at pictures, studying animals when Iâ€™m out hunting or whatever. You get an idea of the animalâ€™s attitudes expressions and whatnot and you try to portray them.
ONLY: Whatâ€™s the hardest animal to work on?
F: Something thatâ€™s badly beat up. We get a lot of road kill, birds and whatnot and some of them are pretty difficult to do. I think everything has its quirks, I wouldnâ€™t say there is anything thatâ€™s more difficult than others, just more time consuming and bigger.
ONLY: I heard about something called rogue taxidermy, where they make mythical animals out of a mix of animal parts, what do you think about that?
F: Iâ€™m not one who really goes in for that kind of thing. Iâ€™ve not done it, I like the animals for what they are and try to portray them that way.
ONLY: Do you listen to music while youâ€™re working?
F: Mostly I listen to talk radio. It keeps me thinking.