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The 2018 European Championships

The 2018 European Championships

Salzburg, Austria

 

 EUROPEAN TAXIDERMY CHAMPIONSHIPS

The folks at Breakthrough attended the European Taxidermy Championships in Salzburg, Austria this past February 2018. We featured some of the many brilliant ribbon-winners. To renew or subscribe, telephone us at 800-783-7266 or visit our website.

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Reference Study: Ring-necked Pheasants

Reference Study: Ring-necked Pheasants

by Larry Blomquist

 RING-NECKED PHEASANTS

I am sure sometime a study has been made describing the most revered and hunted gamebirds. Maybe wild turkeys would be listed, and certainly ducks would be high on the list. How about quail, then maybe doves, and don’t forget the many types of grouse… When it comes to one species, however, ring-necked pheasants must be in the top three, especially if you consider a single species. In taxidermy my guess would be ducks, pheasants, then turkeys in that order, with thousands of each mounted each year. To renew or subscribe, telephone us at 800-783-7266 or visit our website.

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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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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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