Eric Smith

Owner / Founder

Smith’s Taxidermy Studio, was established in 1999 by Eric Smith.  His passion and love for the outdoors inspired him to make taxidermy his career. Upon graduation from high school, Eric attended the Pennsylvania Institute of Taxidermy.  Soon after graduation from the Pennsylvania Institute of Taxidermy, Eric opened Smith’s Taxidermy Studio, LLC, in Morrisdale, Pennsylvania.

Early in his career, Eric competed in several competitions where his work won awards.
– 1999 Best of Category in Game Heads
– 2000 Red Ribbon in Game Heads
– 2004 Blue Ribbon in Large Life Size

In the summer of 2007, Eric attended the Colorado Outdoor Adventure Guide School (COAGS). It was at COAGS, where he completed The Basic Outdoor Program and The Professional Guide Program and graduated at the top of both of these classes. While in Colorado, Eric continued to do taxidermy and also guided elk hunts in the fall for local outfitters.

In 2010, Eric and his wife Niki went on their first African Safari with Numzaan Safaris and they both became hooked on Africa! In 2012, Eric and Niki became US Representatives for Numzaan Safaris as well as their preferred taxidermy company on the east coast. Eric and Niki also joined Numzaan Safaris exclusive marketing team for the east coast and currently assist hunters in all areas of booking and planning their African Safari.  Eric is also an official scorer for Safari Club International. This now allows his clients to have all their needs met at one place, while on any hunting adventure!

Niki Smith

Niki is Eric’s wife and business partner and oversees all office work, finances, schedules and marketing for STS.  Along with being involved in all aspects of the business, she works full time as a pharmacist, is a Rep and markets for Numzaan Safaris, is on the board of the ECWSF and most importantly she is a wife and a mother to their 2 boys.

Milt Smith

Milt is Eric’s Dad and has been assisting Eric since the business was founded in 1999.  Milt has many roles within the business but he primarily focuses on producing custom bases for the clients and deliveries/trophy set up.

When Milt is not working he enjoys trapping, gardening and most importantly spending time with Ellen, his children and his grandsons.

Matt Harris

After a 20 year career in the Army, Matt retired and decided to pursue his passion for the outdoors with a career in taxidermy.  In 2018, Matt joined Smith’s Taxidermy Studio as a Team STS taxidermist.  His passion in taxidermy revolves around North American Species.

When not working he enjoys spending time with his family and hunting whitetails with his bow.

Rhonda Swartz

Rhonda joined the STS team in 2017.   Her interest in the outdoors led her to taxidermy.  As a creative and sewing genius, Rhonda’s focus is on prepping hides and custom habitat design.

When not work, Rhonda loves spending time with her family, her horses, and hunting.