A lynx lounges on the Stacks family's wood stove, just below a row of family members' military portraits. Another big cat rests next to 3-year-old Gunner Stacks as he naps. And at the entrance to the family's business, a gopher welcomes guests to a room where wolves face off with open fangs.

These dead animals are just a part of life for the Stacks family.

A stuffed lynx sits in the Stacks family home. | (Alberto Barba Pardal)

Gunner Stacks sleeps near a lynx ready for skinning. | (Alberto Barba Pardal)

(Alberto Barba Pardal)

Dawne and Eric Stacks, with their youngest son Casey, run Stacks Taxidermy in Eldon, Missouri, half an hour from the not-so-huge Jackson City. Alberto Barba Pardal discovered the 20-year-old business as part of a photojournalism workshop in Missouri. He was looking for a story on hunters or fishers, but the Stacks' peculiar craft added a whole other layer to the typical small-town hunting family.

"They started to practice with the animals they hunted, and the first orders were for their friends," Pardal said. "What was supposed to be just a hobby became a family business as the Stackses taught themselves the intricate work involved in taxidermy."

Pardal went on to capture what goes into every deer mount, from Dawne and Casey's daily grind in the shop to Eric's delicate detail work on small animals.

A fox arrives in the workroom and is prepared for skinning. | (Alberto Barba Pardal)

Although Eldon may be a self-described "small town," the family has no trouble getting business. Even with Casey learning the craft and joining the team last year, the Stackses are so overwhelmed with orders that customers sometimes must wait several months for their finished trophy. It takes that long for the Stackses to meet their high standards.

"I know it sounds crazy, but they love the animals and the details," Pardal told The Week in an email.

Taxidermy is a full-time job for Dawne and Casey, who prepare big animals like deer, Pardal said. They start by identifying when a deer was hunted and how old it was, helping them preserve accurate hair and nose colors, which change through the seasons and as a buck ages.

Dawne Stacks. | (Alberto Barba Pardal)

Casey Stacks touches up a buck's eyes. | (Alberto Barba Pardal)

Even while balancing the taxidermy with his full-time job as a state trooper, Eric has become an expert on capturing the details of fish and birds. He'll look closely at each scale and spot on a fish, carefully airbrushing on corresponding colors. It's a painstaking process, but it's what earned the Stackses their following — and it's what keeps the family close.

Below, take a closer look at the Stacks family's meticulous animal artisanship:

Eric Stacks. | (Alberto Barba Pardal)

(Alberto Barba Pardal)

(Alberto Barba Pardal)

(Alberto Barba Pardal)

(Alberto Barba Pardal)

*For more of Alberto Barba Pardal's work, visit his website.*