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Painting a Lane Snapper

Painting a Lane Snapper

Many a taxidermist has skin-mounted lane snappers as they are worthy of skin-mount status. The fish I am painting in this schedule is a reproduction. The same colors apply, but skin-mounts will have details to guide painters while with blanks/repros, we have to find our way. My fish in this schedule photo was 17 inches and is the only mold I have, probably because of...
October 13, 2017 0 Comments
Learning to PreBill

Learning to PreBill

I've spent nearly thirty-five years of my life working in different studios across the country, and I’ve worked alongside many great people in the trade, from small studios to some of the largest. There is one common problem that seems to be universal in most shops: the taxidermist gets his clients’ deposits, complete the work, and then sit on the balance waiting...
October 13, 2017 0 Comments
Presenting the 2017 World Show in Photos

Presenting the 2017 World Show in Photos

     Presenting the WTC and WFCC is a photographic challenge. After every World Championships we consider the different options available to us in showing photos of the inspiring work of the competitors as well as events and camaraderie between those who had the opportunity to attend. Each show we have so many attendees come up to Kathy and me and our staff...
July 31, 2017 0 Comments
REFERENCE: Sharp-Tailed Grouse

REFERENCE: Sharp-Tailed Grouse

In our continuing reference studies of the grouse of North America, the feature species this issue is sharp-tailed grouse, with a article by Dave Luke on mounting this beautiful North American gamebird. In my first introduction to grouse of North America in Issue 123, we published a few select reference photos of sharp-tails. In this issue we present the rest of those we...
July 31, 2017 0 Comments
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...
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...
July 31, 2017 0 Comments
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...

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...

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...

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