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3D Printing and Taxidermy

3D Printing and Taxidermy

by Allis Markham

Three-D technology has 3 main applications: 1) scanning of real-world items; 2) sculpting of items in the digital world; 3) printing of items that are scanned or sculpted. While you must have an understanding of mechanics and machinery to work the software, even the most advanced 3D technician will tell you that you must first and most importantly understand the principles of both engineering and sculpture before embarking down the path of 3D. This is why I believe that taxidermists and wildlife artists will be able to use these tools very effectively.

With that said, I’d like to present three case studies from my work, all with varying degrees of success. None of these examples are perfect, but I learned something from each and am hoping to pass on my experiences to you.

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Turkeys: The Cally Morris Way

Turkeys: The Cally Morris Way

by Larry Blomquist

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 today. This article series became one of the most popular we ever published and today some of those issues are sold out.

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Copper Into Art

Copper Into Art

by Kurt Ainsworth

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 article I will show you how to make a leaf using copper sheeting. There are two way of going about this, and your method depends on the number of leaves you wish to make.

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Home Delivery

Home Delivery

by Ted Richmond

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 the aspen branch with six stoneflies in there? Hint, the bulge on the bottom of the piece of juniper is the beaver’s back paw.

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How Well Do You Know Your Competition?

How Well Do You Know Your Competition?

by John Jennings

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 you stand out from the rest. It all comes down to perception and what customers think of you and your business. What do you want them to remember?

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