By Larry Blomquist
Joe Meder of Solon, Iowa was awarded the fifth World Show Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent 2017 World Taxidermy Championships®. For those who were not able to attend this recent event, we are offering this short biography which was presented at the awards ceremony reviewing Joe’s notable achievements and contributions to the taxidermy industry.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievements in taxidermy and/or fish carving. The award was first given at the 2007 WTC in Reno, Nevada; the five recipients are Henry Witchers Inchmunk, Simon Blackshaw, Bob Berry, Joe Kish, and Joe Meder.
by Mike Kirkhart
Permits are essentially shallow water, schooling fish, occurring over sandy flats and reefs in depths of from 3 to 300 feet of water. They travel in schools of six to fifty or more fish, though occasionally they may be seen in the hundreds on wrecks and reefs. I have 30 different molds of permits, from 10 inches to 50 inches, and find them to be quite uncomplicated to paint. That being said, let’s begin the painting process, shall we?
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by Larry Blomquist
During my years as a commercial taxidermist I have mounted most of the game animals hunted by my North American customers from around the world. In saying that, I could count on both hands the number of roe deer I received. I am not sure why, since roe deer are an extremely popular game animal in Europe, much like whitetail deer are here in the US. When we produced the two World Shows in Salzburg Austria, it was necessary to change the “Whitetail Deer” category to “Roe Deer.”
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by John Jennings
Anybody and everybody who practices taxidermy knows that the word TAXIDERMY is derived from two ancient Greek words: TAXIS, meaning movement; and DERMA, meaning skin.
I’m finding that the word TAX is still Greek to many of us, and that makes MY skin crawl.
An accountant can only work with the information you provide. Even though he/she signs your tax return, you are ultimately responsible for the accuracy of every item reported.
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by Larry Blomquist
In the last issue we featured a 14-page reference guide of the major grouse species of North America. Over the next several issues I will target some of the common species that taxidermists are likely to receive. Of course, many of these grouse are regional in their distribution, but with the popularity in game bird hunting as strong as ever, taxidermists in any area of North America should not be surprised if one of them finds their counters.
This feature offers reference of both the greater and lesser prairie chickens. My photo sources offered excellent photography of both subspecies, but the most diverse selection was of the lesser prairie chicken. I would like to note that subspecies are so similar that reference of either will work for both.
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