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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Painting a Flounder, by Mike Kirkhart: Did you know that flounders are born like most fish with both eyes on opposite sides of their heads? A flounder larva is hatched in the suspended column of water off the bottom, and as it grows an eye migrates around or through the head to the other side, leaving the blind side (bottom) with no eye at all. This process takes only about three weeks and the fish is only about ¾ of an inch. It is thought that it is part of the fish’s design, so it can live as it does on the bottom looking up for food. During the first year a flounder can grow up to a foot in length. Males only live 3–5 years, with females living 10+ years and growing upwards of 15 pounds. The world record Southern flounder is 20 pounds, 9 ounces. To subscribe, renew, or to check your status, call us at 800-783-7266.
by Carolyn Brak-Dolny
“Making a re-creation can be frustrating, time consuming, and is definitely not easy. When you do make a success of it, the knowledge gained will help you in your daily taxidermy problems. I have used these skills in repairing slipped spots, missing parts, faded fur, altering forms, and most of all—thinking out of the box.”