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A Fish in Hand

A Fish in Hand

I had the idea of carving a hand holding a fish for release for several years. It seemed to be a good idea and as far as I know, no one has done this kind of carving before. It would be a first in the fish carving arena, although there have been molded and cast hands in taxidermy competition many times before. I was contemplating carving it for competition, then selling it...
February 1, 2019 0 Comments
The 2019 World Show Approaches

The 2019 World Show Approaches

2019 World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships® Approach   Be there when we present $30,750 in cash prizes to winners at the 2019 World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships. April 30–May 4, 2019, Expo Center in Springfield, Missouri.   All Cash Awards COMPETITORS’ AWARD: $14,250.00 CASH AWARDS $7,500 from Head Quarters and Big Rock...
February 1, 2019 0 Comments
Reference Study: Quail

Reference Study: Quail

When I began my research on quail of North America, I really did not know there were so many species and subspecies in Central America, Mexico, and North America. The quail of the American continent are referred to as New World quail and those of the European and Asia continents are referred to as Old World quail. Of course, hunters and taxidermists consider them gamebirds...
February 1, 2019 0 Comments

New Fish Carving Rules for 2019

FOLLOWING THE 2017 WORLD FISH CARVING CHAMPIONSHIPS, a committee was established to evaluate all aspects of the WFCC and make recommendations to the show organizer and chairman Larry Blomquist. Entries numbers had dropped over the past few show where many of the categories (40 total) of the various levels had no entries or only one entry. Entries with no competition...
January 23, 2019 0 Comments
Reference Study: Coyotes, Part 1

Reference Study: Coyotes, Part 1

Coyotes are native to North America. They are smaller than their close relatives, gray wolves, and slightly smaller than the closely related eastern wolves and red wolves. As of 2005, 19 coyote subspecies are recognized. This issue I will focus on the head details and still body poses. The categories...
November 9, 2018 0 Comments
Getting It Up

Getting It Up

    For the last 30 years or so I’ve been getting it up. This is not some kind of sexual statement, it’s about my carvings of fish and birds. This same philosophy can be applied to taxidermy as well. I’ve been trying to make them higher and closer to eye level than...
November 9, 2018 0 Comments
Make Plans for the 2019 World Show

Make Plans for the 2019 World Show

2019 WORLD SHOW NEWS & INFORMATION   Later this fall and winter, we will have all details of the coming World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships® completed. The majority of our judges have...
Part 2: Striped Bass Reproduction

Part 2: Striped Bass Reproduction

In Part 1 Mike Kirkhart related a great story of his friend and client’s memorable fishing trip fishing trip in Tennessee when Larry Jones caught his 45-inch, 40-pound striped bass. Mike quickly thought this...
Selling Your Business

Selling Your Business

It’s not uncommon for small business owners to think they can retire on the sale of their businesses. After all, you’ve invested your entire life into your business; it only stands to reason that it...
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