I often receive inquiries about common kingfishers. However, it is important to note that kingfishers are protected in the Netherlands, and it is rare for me to come across a specimen that a customer does not wish to keep for themselves. Unfortunately, I am unable to provide kingfishers as a commission. Nonetheless, I have a wide selection of other beautiful birds available for commission.
- I only work with legally obtained birds from my own stock.
- At the moment, I am not accepting very large shop orders.
- For commissions, I require a non-refundable 50% deposit. Payments can be made via bank transfer, Wise or PayPal as a friend/family. Any additional fees incurred must be covered by the customer.
- No item will be shipped from the workshop until full payment is received. Commissioned work cannot be returned.
- Shipping costs are for the customer. Please consider the time and expenses involved in securely packaging delicate mounted birds.
- The current waiting time is 6 months, starting from the day the deposit is made. For urgent orders, an extra fee will be applied.
- Desired base and position can be communicated via email. These preferences will serve as guidelines. While replicating a specific position is challenging, I will adjust the bird’s position and base to ensure a balanced presentation. If there are too many requests that cannot be fulfilled, I may decline the commission.
- Additional fees will be charged for open wing commissions, glass domes (available for pick-up only), and marble bases.
- The drying time for a bird is 2-6 weeks depending on its size, before the finishing work can be completed.
- Contacting before your designated waiting time is futile. Please respect the agreed-upon waiting time.
- Shipping costs are based on our local postal service. If you are local, I highly recommend picking up your bird in person.
- My prices are non-negotiable.
- I have a wide selection of birds in stock that can be commissioned. I particularly enjoy working on commissions where I have artistic freedom. There is always room for such commissions in my schedule.
Laws & Importing:
- I do offer worldwide shipping. While I am familiar with local (Dutch) laws, CITES regulations, and some US laws, it is impossible for me to know all laws and rules. Therefore, customers are solely responsible for verifying the legality of the import in their own country. I cannot be held accountable for seizures at customs. For detailed information regarding laws and shipping, please refer to my shipping policies.
- It is worth mentioning that my prices are based on the amount of work involved in mounting, the complexity of the bird, and the cost of the bird itself (avian birds are ethically sourced from local breeders and traders), as well as materials. Thoroughly cleaning a bird and mounting it in a lifelike manner requires a significant amount of time and effort. It is not possible to assign a specific value to the investment in equipment, workshop maintenance, bills, savings for time off, or retirement planning. My prices include VAT and local taxes.