About Us

Their love of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors, led the father and son duo, known as Jim & Son's Taxidermy (Jim & Joel Krichbaum) to the art of taxidermy.

Father, Jim Krichbaum, started taxidermy as a hobby out of his basement in 1967, later moving it to his garage. Taxidermy was also something he wanted to be able to do after his retirement, which he has continued since his retirement from Chrysler in 1998, after 33 years. To learn taxidermy, Jim read many books, took classes and studied with several world champions, some of whom reside right here in Michigan. Jim's area of expertise is birds such as ducks and pheasants, as well as many species of fish. Jim has won many awards, here are just few:

TRIO of BLUEBILLS - 2001
* 1st place at Michigan Competition


PERCH - REPRODUCTION CLASS - 1999
* 1st place at Michigan Competition

PERCH - REPRODUCTION CLASS - 2000
* 1st place at Michigan Competition


STEELHEAD - 2001
* 1st place at Michigan Competition
* 1st place International Competition
* 1st in World Competition


LARGE MOUTH BASS
*1st place Masters Division - Michigan Competition
*Best of Category - Michigan Competition


After admiring his fathers work, son Joel Krichbaum, started creating taxidermy art at the age of 12, going full-time in 1981, continuing through today. Joel learned many techniques by observing his father. In 1988, he continued to perfect his craft by studying with world champion whitetail taxidermist, Joe Meder of Iowa. Joel's specialty is game heads, primarily whitetail, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou, bear, fox, coyote, as well as many African pieces including a 15-foot crocodile. As a result of further schooling, his deer head mount (pictured below) in 1991 won 1st place honors in the Masters Division and Best of Category at the Michigan Competition and 1st place honors in the Masters Division at the International Competition.

DEER HEAD - 1991
* 1st place in Masters Division - Michigan Competition
* Best of Category - Michigan Competition
* 1st place in Masters Division - International Competition

Both father and son have been long-standing members of the Michigan Taxidermy Association (MTA), since 1983, an organization that promotes the art of taxidermy across the State of Michigan. Jim was one of the founding members and had competed in the state competition for 23-years- straight, winning numerous awards in both State and national competitions. Jim served several years as a board member and Joel served as a board member, vice president and competition chairman, covering a 9-year period.

Jim and Joel's success in the taxidermy business has been a result of their expertise, fine craftsmanship, pride in their work, and the relationships they have built with their clientele over their many years of serving communities, near and far. Much of their business base is word-of-mouth and repeat clients. As a result of a growing business, the location was moved to a brand new, state-of-the art facility which they built in 1995, which encompasses a beautiful studio to showcase their work, as well as a nice work area to produce their customer mounts. During the past two years, Joel has taken over the business side of the Jim & Son's Taxidermy, continuing to create taxidermy art with his father alongside him.

We hope you've enjoyed this overview of Jim & Son's Taxidermy, and we look forward to serving you soon. Please call or stop by to see our studio.

Our Location

Located in Southeastern MICHIGAN...

Just South of CHELSEA

Take I-94 to Exit 159, south on M-52 about 1 mile, turn left (east)
onto Jerusalem Road, about 1 mile, road makes 90 degree turn to the right,
follow curve onto Waltrous Road. Shop is about 1/2 mile on left.

Links
Michigan Taxidermist Association
We Do Alaska
Fish Wrangell, Alaska
The Wellston Inn








Up-dated: March 10, 2007