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How Well Do You Know Your Competition?

How Well Do You Know Your Competition?

Competition exists because your customers have many options and limited time, money, and attention. It’s important to know your competitors so that when you’re asked, “Why should I spend my money with you?” you can differentiate yourself and speak confidently about it. That “something” may not be the core of your business, but it will help...
July 8, 2018 0 Comments
Part 1: Prepping a Striped Bass Reproduction

Part 1: Prepping a Striped Bass Reproduction

We are going to start with the cast that is so commonly called a blank in the industry. In the next few pages I will show you how we assemble a reproduction, taking you through the steps of grinding and detailing a cast: installing the mouth, eyes, and fins, to ready it for the paint work that completes the mount. It’s not as hard as you might think. TO SUBSCRIBE OR...
July 8, 2018 0 Comments
SPRING ISSUE #129: Photo Reference Study: IBEX

SPRING ISSUE #129: Photo Reference Study: IBEX

Ibex belong to the genus Capra, which includes all of the goats, including domestic goats. There are 5 ibex species recognized and most exist in distinct geographical areas and most can be identified by hair color, but the recurving horns are similar. Summer and winter coats can vary in color making it vary difficult for me to properly identify each of the many ibex photos I...
July 8, 2018 0 Comments
Teaching Taxidermy in China

Teaching Taxidermy in China

Never in a million years did I think I would have the opportunity to visit a place like China. With the language barrier and its distance from North America, it always seemed so mystifying and far away, but through the art of taxidermy, it became possible. Then last summer (2017), Clark Schreibeis called to ask me some questions about how my trip had gone. He explained that...
July 8, 2018 0 Comments
Reference Study: Aoudads

Reference Study: Aoudads

Barbary sheep are a species of Caprid and within the subfamily Caprinae. This subfamily includes sheep, goats, and ibexes. It is native to the rocky mountains of North Africa. Barbary sheep are now rare in their native North Africa, but with their introduction to North America (mainly in the...
April 17, 2018 0 Comments
Pedestal Backs with an Artistic Flare

Pedestal Backs with an Artistic Flare

In 1989 when I was a fledgling taxidermist, I entered a whitetail deer pedestal with artwork on the back. I was told by the deer judge that I should not have put artwork on the back. He thought it was distracting to the viewer—the back should be left plain. Nearly thirty years later it is now...
April 17, 2018 0 Comments
Moose Skull Boiler

Moose Skull Boiler

Moose skulls are difficult to boil and clean primarily due to the angle in which the antler bases diverge from the skull. Containers used to boil a moose skull can be quite large in order to immerse the entire...

Breakthrough Award Winners

Breakthrough Award Winners

Winners of the Breakthrough Awards for 2018 THE HIGHEST AWARD AN ENTRY CAN receive is Judges’ Choice Best of Show. Breakthrough is honoring this top achievement with the Breakthrough Award for...

Articulated Skeleton Basics

Articulated Skeleton Basics

First, I am far from an expert on preparing articulated skeletons, but I do have some experience from past projects I’ve done, and I wanted to prepare a mink skeleton for an entry into the Professional...

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