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Mounting a World-Class Whitetail Deer Shoulder Mount, Part 3

Mounting a World-Class Whitetail Deer Shoulder Mount, Part 3

with 3-time World Champion Gene Smith, by Larry Blomquist

"In this third part of the whitetail mounting series with Gene Smith, he will finalize his procedure for preparing the skin and form before applying the cape in the final mounting procedure. Gene, like any experienced professional taxidermist, will tell you that if the skin is properly prepared and sized for the form, the final mounting process will go together with no problems. Having witnessed and filmed this entire procedure, I can tell you it did just that."

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2019 World Fish Carving Championships

2019 World Fish Carving Championships

All Entries

Award Winners and All Fish Carving Entries from the 2019 World Fish Carving Championships.

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CARVING A DECORATIVE LIFESIZE RELIEF CARVING FOR A WALL

CARVING A DECORATIVE LIFESIZE RELIEF CARVING FOR A WALL

by Paul Theising.

"For some period of time I had been saving a large, thick rectangular piece of mahogany for a special carving. After finding my new lease on life after a lengthy bout with my health, and a new strong desire to rejuvenate my love for art, it was time to carve again. After choosing the section of mahogany I felt would work best, I begin to plot out my carving. Although I am doing a three-dimensional carving I’ve chosen to redo in wood one of my paintings, so my composition was already worked out. My biggest obstacle now would be perspective to have the viewers so engaged that their minds can become fixated enough to change their visual perception, and so I began."

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Part 1: Form Alteration Mounting a World-Class Whitetail Deer Shoulder Mount with 3-Time World Champion Gene Smith

Part 1: Form Alteration Mounting a World-Class Whitetail Deer Shoulder Mount with 3-Time World Champion Gene Smith

by Larry Blomquist

I first met Gene Smith when he was 17 years old. He had entered a whitetail in the Novice Division of the 1987 World Taxidermy Championships®. I had the pleasure of judging that deer and awarding him with a first-place ribbon. It was easy to see that young man had talent, but I had no idea he also had the desire and drive that I would see in the years ahead. He won his first World Title 8 years later in 1995 at age 25.

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PHOTO REFERENCE STUDY: DOVES

by Larry Blomquist

Doves and pigeons constitute the animal family Columbidae and the order Columbiformes, which includes about 42 genera and 310 species.

The distinction between “doves” and “pigeons” in English is not consistent, and does not exist in most other languages. Back in the 1970s my attempts at mounting two species nearly had me at the brink of giving up taxidermy. Those subjects were a 13-foot alligator and a mourning dove. I finally succeeded mounting the 13-foot gator, but the dove… well, I finally gave up after losing nearly half of the feathers in a disastrous attempt. It was years later when I finally mounted a dove I could be proud of by starting with a perfect specimen that needed no cleaning or washing, and by cheating in some of the skinning process and relying on injection preservatives.

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