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Turkeys: The Cally Morris Way

Turkeys: The Cally Morris Way

Eighteen years ago I visited Cally Morris at his business then in Kirksville, Missouri, and he told me, “I am going to show you and your readers every step I know about and use for mounting turkeys.” In 1997 Cally was the first to win a Best in World Bird with an eastern wild turkey and at that time there was only one world title for birds, not four as we have...
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Copper Into Art

Copper Into Art

For years I have made copper into art for both my customers’ trophies and competition entries. Copper is a beautiful malleable metal that can be worked and shaped into many different things. When heated, the molecules are hyperextended, and when cooled quickly copper remains soft and bendable. This process may be necessary for applications using thicker copper. In this...
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Home Delivery

Home Delivery

Ted Richmond is shown with a juniper log, 31⁄2 years before it was judged Best of Show at the 2017 World Fish Carving Championships, before many drastic alterations, a lot of sanding, and more than a few bits broken during the carving and finishing process.This 67-pound piece of juniper now weighs just 26 pounds. Can you see the life-size beaver, four brook trout, and...
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How Well Do You Know Your Competition?

How Well Do You Know Your Competition?

Competition exists because your customers have many options and limited time, money, and attention. It’s important to know your competitors so that when you’re asked, “Why should I spend my money with you?” you can differentiate yourself and speak confidently about it. That “something” may not be the core of your business, but it will help...
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Part 1: Prepping a Striped Bass Reproduction

Part 1: Prepping a Striped Bass Reproduction

We are going to start with the cast that is so commonly called a blank in the industry. In the next few pages I will show you how we assemble a reproduction, taking you through the steps of grinding and detailing a cast: installing the mouth, eyes, and fins, to ready it for the paint work that...
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SPRING ISSUE #129: Photo Reference Study: IBEX

SPRING ISSUE #129: Photo Reference Study: IBEX

Ibex belong to the genus Capra, which includes all of the goats, including domestic goats. There are 5 ibex species recognized and most exist in distinct geographical areas and most can be identified by hair color, but the recurving horns are similar. Summer and winter coats can vary in color making...
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Teaching Taxidermy in China

Teaching Taxidermy in China

Never in a million years did I think I would have the opportunity to visit a place like China. With the language barrier and its distance from North America, it always seemed so mystifying and far away, but through...

Reference Study: Aoudads

Reference Study: Aoudads

Barbary sheep are a species of Caprid and within the subfamily Caprinae. This subfamily includes sheep, goats, and ibexes. It is native to the rocky mountains of North Africa. Barbary sheep are now rare in...

Pedestal Backs with an Artistic Flare

Pedestal Backs with an Artistic Flare

In 1989 when I was a fledgling taxidermist, I entered a whitetail deer pedestal with artwork on the back. I was told by the deer judge that I should not have put artwork on the back. He thought it was...

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