Meet Pete Miller
I am a product of coastal North and South Carolina, born in Belhaven, NC and lived in Beaufort, SC from age 4
to 17 before returning to Belhaven in 1973. Entered NC State University in Raleigh, NC in 1974 and graduated
with a BS in Food Science. Was employed by Miller Brewing Company for 18 years working almost exclusively
as a chemist in the Eden, NC and Fort Worth, TX breweries.
I have always been an outdoors man and particularly loved activities on the water. The best time I ever had
working was during high school and college fishing crab pots on the Pungo River just outside Belhaven, NC.
I began preserving blue crabs back in 1970 by means of embalming and sold to many gift shops in NC and SC
during my high school and college years. After separating from Miller, I decided to see what interest there was
for blue crab décor. There was sufficient interest to start a business, but I wanted to get away from dealing
with harsh chemicals used in embalming. My freeze drying research led to contacting John Matthews at the
Smithsonian's office of exhibits. John recommended the freeze dryers the Smithsonian used and I bought a
double unit. John also encouraged me to take up the air brush for restoring the lifelike colors of the blue crab.
Some months later I sent a specimen to John as a thank you and now the crab is on display. It is part of the
biodiversity exhibit in the Castle building. My blue crab specimens can be found in 18 museums across the
country and I have over 150 specimens on display in 25 museums and environmental centers. I have
thousands of specimens on display as store decorations in several Bass Pro Shops.
I now reside in the down east town of Marshallberg located about 10 miles east of Beaufort, NC when I am not
working in Mexico. Does not look like I will be doing that again for a while if ever. I create my original real
blue crab lamps and table top pieces, taxidermies crabs, fish and an assortment of aquatic specimens in my
studio outside of Beaufort. Pete also offers taxidermy services to hunters, fisherman, crabbers, museums, and
individuals wishing to preserve aquatic and exotic pets.
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