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Professional Standards for Shipping, Part 2: Building Stands for Drying and Shipping Plus Reinforcing Necks and Horns

Professional Standards for Shipping, Part 2: Building Stands for Drying and Shipping Plus Reinforcing Necks and Horns

by World Champion Bill Neuman

In this article I will be demonstrating how we at Dakota Taxidermy build a drying stand. For us, this stand is a multi-purpose stand. It is first a drying stand; second, it becomes a foundation platform for our artificial hoof installations; third, it becomes a blueprint for our habitat department; and lastly, it is a shipping stand if the mammal is not shipped on its habitat. For starters we will go back a bit prior to installation of leg rods. This takes place with our initial test-fit of the hide.

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CARIBOU (Rangifer tarandus) Large Mammal Photo Reference Study

CARIBOU (Rangifer tarandus) Large Mammal Photo Reference Study

Prepared and written by Larry Blomquist

During my 32 years as a full-time commercial taxidermist I had a lot of fondness with a little disdain for caribous when they were received from customers. They are unique and beautiful animals with lustrous thick hair coats and great color along with attractive antlers for a trophy room. Their facial features were about as easy to replicate as any gamehead you could receive, the ears are heavily haired yet much like those of whitetails, there is no nose pad to re-texture, and the eyes have somewhat bold, not refined details that are easy to shape with minimal effort. Finally, the nostril openings are narrow with lots of hair, making them very easy to finish. The lips, both upper and lower, are fairly prominent with texture, but easy to position and shape. There are a lot of forms available so there is seldom need for size or position alteration. With these features considered, caribous are easy and fun gameheads to mount.

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The Value of Attending Conventions and Trade Shows

The Value of Attending Conventions and Trade Shows

by John Jennings

The most valuable benefit of joining your state and national taxidermy association is the opportunity to attend the annual convention. Trade-show season runs from February to July and is the perfect time to start harvesting the benefits of membership. Pro Tip: When you travel to a convention in the United States, your transportation (flights or mileage), half your meals, a single hotel room, registration fees, and other business expenses are deductible if it provides, maintains, or improves the skills related to your trade or business. Unfortunately, if a spouse or other individual accompanies you, that individual’s travel expenses are not usually tax deductible. Talk with your accountant about legitimate expenses.

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Taxidermy Positioning Systems

Taxidermy Positioning Systems

by Larry Blomquist and Tony Psaila

 

 

This Taxidermy Positioning Systems article will explain the suggested methods for installing the Wall Bracket system for wall pedestal gameheads and Pedestal Support System for table pedestal mounts. The entire article is presented here for instructional purposes and you can also download the PDF for printing and viewing at a later time. Breakthrough Magazine retains all copyrights and this article can only be used for personal instruction. It cannot be sold, reprinted, or distributed without written permission from Breakthrough Magazine Inc. 


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From Novice… to Best of Show

From Novice… to Best of Show

by Dave Sprout

From Novice to Best of Show – that was an outcome I never envisioned in 2011 when I entered my first competition as a novice at the World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships in Springfield, Illinois. Looking back on this journey, this accomplishment was fueled by a simple desire to get better, and then finding and taking advantage of the best resources available. I carved my first fish during the early ’90s, but my work was very crude. Work and family life intervened, and I set aside any thoughts on how to improve my carvings. Then in 2009, I purchased a Bob Berry carving book and I carved a trout. I was intimidated by the painting and the project remained unfinished. A year later, I took a flat art painting class with a local artist through the continuing education program of the state technical college. My project was to finish painting my trout, and I surprised myself, as it looked better than I thought it would. With the realization that my fish carving could improve with a little self-help, I was inspired to try carving another fish.

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