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2017 WTC Interpretive Division

2017 WTC Interpretive Division

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Interpretive Division from the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships®: all entries
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Reference Study: Wild Turkey Heads

Reference Study: Wild Turkey Heads

Cary Cochran

Reference Study, Wild Turkey Heads, by Cary Cochran: "In the field of taxidermy wild turkeys have gained popularity. There is a growing effort by taxidermists to produce quality mounts. Several reasons have caused taxidermists to shy away from mounting wild turkeys. They are large and present a problem with stability. They are not the easiest birds to flesh, degrease, and preserve. The attitude and feather placement of a strutting turkey is hard to achieve. There is also a problem with reproducing the fleshy details and coloration of their heads." To subscribe, renew, or to check your status, call us at 800-783-7266.

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Appreciate Your Fixed Assets

Appreciate Your Fixed Assets

John Jennings

Why Taxidermists Should Appreciate Their Fixed Assets, by John Jennings: "The number-one reason to purchase fixed assets is to make money. Most taxidermists own fixed assets of one kind or another. You probably own a freezer or two, equipment like a fleshing machine or bandsaw, and maybe even a computer or a smartphone. These assets will wear out and lose value over time. You need to account for this wear and tear, and eventually replace them as needed. One way to gradually turn these fixed assets back into cash is through depreciation. Depreciating assets has a small positive effect on your cash flow. There are many ways to depreciate a fixed asset."
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Part 1: The Bronzing Process

Part 1: The Bronzing Process

Doug Eck

Part 1 The Bronzing Process, by Doug Eck. This bronze composition titled “Odd or Even” by wildlife artist Doug Eck is one of the subjects used to show the bronzing process in this first of several articles by this taxidermist and honored sculptor. “In this first effort, I will do my best to explain the foundry process to you. I know you might think we should start with sculpting an actual piece, but there are several reasons for starting here. First of all, you have to understand what a foundry is capable of reproducing before you create an original. In other words, gather as much information as you can about the process at the beginning because this will save you time and money.” Future articles will cover the complexities of bronze sculpting, the foundry process, and the various ways to market your bronze products. To subscribe, renew, or to check your status, call us at 800-783-7266.

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Carved Wood Walking Cane

Carved Wood Walking Cane

Kerby Ross

Carved Wood Walking Stick by Kerby Ross: Who better than snake taxidermist Kerby Ross to demonstrate how he carves a snake walking stick? Kerby carves it from a single stick of wood, and then burnishes in the scales and hand-paints it.

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