My animal mask sporrans require a good deal of low-level taxidermy. I get my pelts from commercial sources and re-form the head and ears, but do not attempt to re-create the lower jaws or teeth. The eyes are high-quality glass from a taxidermy supply store, creating a very life-like appearance. Working with fur, and especially forming the mask, takes significantly more labor than is required for my leather sporrans. CAVEAT: I am not a professional taxidermist. However, I AM a good sporran maker.
Due to some weird scruples on my part, I do not work with all kinds of furs. For example, monkeys, puppies and kittens are right out. However, I'm good with most members of Mustelidae.
This is Buddy Badger. He's my first full-mask sporran. Every time we get in the car his claws automatically grab the steering wheel and we have to argue about who's driving. He always gives in because he can't see over the steering wheel.
Except for sporrans with a leather or pewter cantle (the round-topped ones), all my fur and mask sporrans, unless otherwise requested, are built as Snap-Flap (TM) sporrans to allow for other flaps to be substituted, as in TCS 37 below.
The fella pictured below is Marmota monax "thorfinnii", called Frankenchuck a.k.a TCS 55. He's a member of the Hair Club for Woodchucks. He was created from two pelts (hence the name) because of hair loss in key areas for appearance. I got to practice my suturing skills here. But everything came out just fine.
Sue the cat meets Frankenchuck
Here is a bit of a departure. Sort of a hybrid between styles. The bag is the same hide as pictured in TCS-33, hair on Asian buffalo, but the customer wanted a bit more formal look, hence the fur flap. The tassels are an added cost option. Fur with steel caps, but still functional drawstrings.
Again, a bit different. Leather bag with a mink gusset and flaps in fur and leather
Canmor (Big Head) Badger. Two flaps + two tassels = 4 sporrans. How frugal is that? Although, admittedly, the flap with the claws IS a bit creepy.
Formal skunk sporran with enameled pewter cantle
Formal bobcat sporran with polished cast pewter cantle
Mink sporran in white color variant
Muskrat with skunk tassels
Below, another angle at the Rob Roy in fur. Skunk (Duh)
A customer supplied the pelt, and I traded my labor on TCS 117 for scotch whisky. A lot of scotch whisky. Meet Vulpes vulpes thorfinii, a.k.a Hamish Foxworthy