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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 crawl.      An accountant can only work with the information you provide....
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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, but with the popularity in game bird hunting as strong as ever, taxidermists...
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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 Blomquist, this issue seemed to be the perfect venue to create a grouse mount using these marvelous upland game bird reference studies! Using the reference and mounting...
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2016 Breakthrough Award Winners

2016 Breakthrough Award Winners

THE 2016 BREAKTHROUGH AWARD WINNERS Australian Assoc. of Wildlife Artists         Tony Bianco Canada Taxidermists Association              Ken Noyes National Taxidermists Association            Tim Gorenchan New Zealand...
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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 taxidermist graduates from mounting shoulder mounts to lifesize taxidermy, the degree of...
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Fish Techniques from a World Champion Part 5 - Final Fins, Clear Coat, and Base

Fish Techniques from a World Champion Part 5 - Final Fins, Clear Coat, and Base

Editors Note: In this series of articles, Brian Noody tells us his story and techniques used in mounting his entry, a walleye, for the 2015 World Taxidermy Championships. This walleye was the second highest scoring fish entry in the Master Division of the 2015 competition in Springfield,...
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Photo Reference Study: European Roe Deer, Part 1

Photo Reference Study: European Roe Deer, Part 1

European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), also known as western roe deer, or simply roe deer, are a Eurasian species of deer. The male of the species is sometimes referred to as a roebuck. Roe deer are...

Painting Options for Serious A-FISH-ian-ad-os

Painting Options for Serious A-FISH-ian-ad-os

       I offered to Larry to write an article and asked him for a little direction. His response was, “An article that fish carvers and fish taxidermists can both relate to would be...

Paint Schedule: Dolphin

Paint Schedule: Dolphin

I am going to paint this dolphin referencing the photos included in this article. Many dolphins, both cows and bulls, have these colors and it is the most common and expected colors desired by clients. This is a...

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