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Mounting a Sharp-Tailed Grouse

Mounting a Sharp-Tailed Grouse

     Viewing the various prairie grouse photos, it became evident that both greater prairie chickens and sharp- tailed grouse were actually the two main varieties of prairie grouse that an American taxidermist would encounter. With this in mind and knowing that bird taxidermists across America would all eventually encounter these specimens within their...
July 31, 2017 0 Comments
Joe Meder Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Joe Meder Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

     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...
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Painting a Permit

Painting a Permit

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....
July 28, 2017 0 Comments
REFERENCE STUDY: Part 2 - European Roe Deer Facial Features

REFERENCE STUDY: Part 2 - European Roe Deer Facial Features

     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...
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Understanding the TAX in Taxidermy

Understanding the TAX in Taxidermy

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...
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REFERENCE STUDY: Prairie Chickens

REFERENCE STUDY: Prairie Chickens

     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,...
July 28, 2017 0 Comments
Mounting a Prairie Chicken with Eugene Streekstra

Mounting a Prairie Chicken with Eugene Streekstra

     After enjoying the myriad of live reference pictures in Breakthrough’s recent photographic reference articles on the grouse of North America, created and written by publisher Larry...

2016 Breakthrough Award Winners

2016 Breakthrough Award Winners

THE 2016 BREAKTHROUGH AWARD WINNERS Australian Assoc. of Wildlife Artists         Tony Bianco Canada Taxidermists...

Tips for Measuring for Lifesize Taxidermy - How Do You Measure Up?

Tips for Measuring for Lifesize Taxidermy - How Do You Measure Up?

Do you ever get confused when trying to select the proper size lifesize form to fit a skin? Welcome to the world of taxidermy! As they say, “If it was easy everybody would be doing it.” When a...

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