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Painting a Triggerfish: Step-by-Step

Painting a Triggerfish: Step-by-Step

There are 40 or so triggerfish species in the world with 6 living in the tropical waters of Florida and the Caribbean Sea, ranging as far north as the Carolinas as the summer waters warm. Triggerfish live mostly in the shallow water around wrecks and reefs but can be found as deep as 300 feet. The queen triggerfish is the most colorful and interesting of the triggerfish....
June 30, 2019 0 Comments
Making Hooves Great Again: Step-by-Step

Making Hooves Great Again: Step-by-Step

One area of taxidermy that seems to get neglected are deer feet. Just a few of the problems I see are feet that are over-filled, under-filled, or teeming with shrinkage. In this article I will focus on the hooves of a whitetail deer. I will take you through my procedure for creating a cast foot, then coloring the hoof, and adding detail to the finished cast.  When...
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Shining a UV Light on Reproductions

Shining a UV Light on Reproductions

My goal in writing has always been to teach and to educate, so that making a living could be fun and profitable. In this article, I will introduce new products and new and faster ways to end up with a very desirable end product, an example being fish reproductions and their parts. The process of making fish reproductions has been around for a long time, but like many other...
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Sell The Sizzle, Not the Steak: First Impressions

Sell The Sizzle, Not the Steak: First Impressions

FORWARD: Recently I saw a post by Joe Kish on www.Taxidermy.Net and I found it one of the most interesting writings I have read in a long time. I’m not sure how many of our readers saw this post, but I immediately knew that anyone who loves competition taxidermy needs to see and read it. The actual name for the post was Sell The Sizzle, Not The Steak – First...
June 1, 2019 0 Comments
Tribute: Robert Holshouser

Tribute: Robert Holshouser

It was with sadness and shock that I learned that Robert Holshouser passed away November 8, 2018. I first met Robert, or “Burt,”as I later dubbed him, in the late 1980s in Anchorage, Alaska. I can’t elaborate on all the specifics of Robert’s life and accomplishments, but...
June 1, 2019 0 Comments
Inflation's Relevance to Taxidermy

Inflation's Relevance to Taxidermy

 Inflation is a sustained general increase in the cost of goods and services and a reduction in purchasing power of the dollar bill. If you charged $500 for a whitetail shoulder mount last year, to maintain the same pay rate (regardless of additional cost increases) this year with an inflation...
June 1, 2019 0 Comments
Reference Study: Coyotes, Part 2

Reference Study: Coyotes, Part 2

THE LAST ISSUE'S study of coyotes featured facial details, facial attitudes, and still body poses. In this issue’s study, the focus will be body attitudes often recreated by taxidermists because of special...
Profile: Matthias Fahrni

Profile: Matthias Fahrni

IN FEBRUARY 2018, Kathy and I visited Salzburg, Austria, to attend the European Taxidermy Championships®, about which we had a feature in the last issue. We have previously produced two World Taxidermy...
Part 3: Painted a Striped Bass Reproduction

Part 3: Painted a Striped Bass Reproduction

Editor’s note: In the previous two issue Mike Kirkhart and his son Buddy showed in detail how a reproduction for this striped bass was prepared for the final painting process. In this issue Mike will explain...
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