Our skulls are some of the finest produced in the industry because of how we de-grease. For 25 years we have worked to develop a cleaning and de-greasing process that has few rivals. We would like to pass on our experience to the right person.
Unlike the majority of skull cleaners, our skulls come through their processing without bone shrinkage, (cracks or joint separation), loose teeth a thing of the past, and consistent bone coloring and whitening. We've taken the guess work out of costs and time. Each skull, once beetle cleaned, takes 4 weeks in solvents and one week whitening. There's some washing and rinsing in between, and some drying time, but compared to detergent de-greasing, cost and time are equal or lower.
We are willing to sell our established brand name, customer base, supplies, stock of skulls, accounting and invoicing software, website and advertising sources and a large beetle cleaning colony for the price of one season's gross earnings (Oct.-May).
This means that you might pay off your investment within one year.
We once did a much larger volume of skulls, but we cut back and no longer advertised in BREAKTHROUGH or TAXIDERMY TODAY. We also have not gone to trade shows like we used to. This means there is plenty of room for market growth.
This is a business that can be learned by any man or woman that appreciates animal bones and skulls. You'll have everything needed to start, except your building, licenses, and insurance.
We will work with you for a legal transfer of identity and notify current and past customers and suppliers of the changes. Our goal is to transfer our full current customer base to you.
We will work with you as you learn accounting and invoicing, advertising online and at trade shows, website management and efficient shipping processes.
You will need a heated building with these average room sizes: an enclosed room for beetle cleaning approx.12'x24', for solvent degreasing approx.12'x24' with exhaust venting, a hydrogen peroxide room with sink approx.18'x24', a fleshing room with sink and freezers approx.18'x24', and a clean storage room for finished work and shipping approx.18'x24'.
These are minimum sizes.
You need to be willing to use solvents to obtain the quality results we achieve. This would be similar to working in a spray booth of an auto body shop - using a face mask and exhaust fan.
These solvents, as well as hydrogen peroxide, are hazardous materials and we handle them responsibly.
If you are diligent and hard working, willing to learn and have attention to detail, this can be a successful business.
Are you willing to learn Quickbooks accounting/invoicing; willing to learn website management; and willing to commit to fleshing and cleaning high volume of skulls during peak season?
Busy season is from October to May and things are full time. Heads come in year round, so each week the business needs attention at least part time.
Call us for details only if you are seriously interested and have financing for $33,000.
Dermestid beetles are used by museums and researchers for animal skulls because they do a through job without hurting even fragile bones.
Our degreasing method never uses heat** because we have seen the results: bone shrinkage, pitting, flakey or pastry white surface and open suture joints. 99% of our work is degreased with acetone.
For over 20 years we've cleaned large and small animals of an incredible variety. Each one was important to us, representing a customer's trust in our ability to preserve a valued specimen of God's creation.
Download prices for the most commonly cleaned species.
Taxidermists call for pricing.
Download a PACKING SLIP and get shipping information for a safe and quick transfer.
Don't get lost, we're easy to find! We have two drop-off locations for you to deliver heads in person. Otherwise, ship all heads to our shop in Maryland.
[** Heat is sometimes used when skulls are too large for our standard degreasing containers.]
* Shrinkage allowed is for normal drying.
Please follow CWD rules and regulations for your state.