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Tribute: Robert Holshouser

Tribute: Robert Holshouser

It was with sadness and shock that I learned that Robert Holshouser passed away November 8, 2018. I first met Robert, or “Burt,”as I later dubbed him, in the late 1980s in Anchorage, Alaska. I can’t elaborate on all the specifics of Robert’s life and accomplishments, but knowing him for well over 30 years, I got to see firsthand the talents he...
June 1, 2019 0 Comments
Inflation's Relevance to Taxidermy

Inflation's Relevance to Taxidermy

 Inflation is a sustained general increase in the cost of goods and services and a reduction in purchasing power of the dollar bill. If you charged $500 for a whitetail shoulder mount last year, to maintain the same pay rate (regardless of additional cost increases) this year with an inflation rate of 2.95 percent, you will need to charge $514.75 just to prevent a loss...
June 1, 2019 0 Comments
Reference Study: Coyotes, Part 2

Reference Study: Coyotes, Part 2

THE LAST ISSUE'S study of coyotes featured facial details, facial attitudes, and still body poses. In this issue’s study, the focus will be body attitudes often recreated by taxidermists because of special requests from our customers, and other times it is for that search or quest for a new and different attitude for a competition piece. I have been told many times by...
February 1, 2019 0 Comments
Profile: Matthias Fahrni

Profile: Matthias Fahrni

IN FEBRUARY 2018, Kathy and I visited Salzburg, Austria, to attend the European Taxidermy Championships®, about which we had a feature in the last issue. We have previously produced two World Taxidermy Championships® in Salzburg, yet we still had not visited all there is to see in this beautiful area of Europe. This time we were traveling with our friends Joe and Peg...
February 1, 2019 0 Comments
Part 3: Painted a Striped Bass Reproduction

Part 3: Painted a Striped Bass Reproduction

Editor’s note: In the previous two issue Mike Kirkhart and his son Buddy showed in detail how a reproduction for this striped bass was prepared for the final painting process. In this issue Mike will explain in detail his professional process for painting this striper reproduction. The striper...
February 1, 2019 0 Comments
Inside Job: Are You Stealing From Your Business?

Inside Job: Are You Stealing From Your Business?

Do you steal from your business? Maybe I should not be so harsh and instead ask, “Do you draw money out of your business when you should not?” Nearly one out of three American business owners do. Even more alarming is that 1 in 3 business failures are linked to employee theft and fraud....
February 1, 2019 0 Comments
A Fish in Hand

A Fish in Hand

I had the idea of carving a hand holding a fish for release for several years. It seemed to be a good idea and as far as I know, no one has done this kind of carving before. It would be a first in the fish carving...

The 2019 World Show Approaches

The 2019 World Show Approaches

2019 World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships® Approach   Be there when we present $30,750 in cash prizes to winners at the 2019 World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships. April 30–May...

Reference Study: Quail

Reference Study: Quail

When I began my research on quail of North America, I really did not know there were so many species and subspecies in Central America, Mexico, and North America. The quail of the American continent are referred to...

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