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PART 3: A Complete Study on Fish Taxidermy Using the World Show® Scoresheets as a Guideline

PART 3: A Complete Study on Fish Taxidermy Using the World Show® Scoresheets as a Guideline

In part three of this series of articles, I will resume our evaluation of the World Taxidermy Championship Scoresheet and continue our reference study and discussion of body anatomy and how they relate to the art of fish taxidermy. We begin by continuing our focus on body anatomy and correctness that we started in Part 2 of this series. Keep in mind that some areas of the...
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PART 2, SKINNING: Mounting a Rattlesnake

PART 2, SKINNING: Mounting a Rattlesnake

Reference is always of high importance and we will be offering some of that in future issues. Part 2 in this issue will describe in detail the skinning process. Part 1, which started in issue #150, covered the molding of the head and measurements of the body needed if you decide to carve a custom body. Because of space needs and the length of this article, we had to move...
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Reproducing a Beaver Chew

A beaver chew (the base of a tree chewed down by a beaver) reproduction can work in many of your habitat scenes for animals other than a beaver mount. It works well for many other animal mounts, such as bear, mink, otters, ducks… in other words, any other animals or fish that share such a habitat. Here is my process for reproducing a lightweight beaver chew that will...
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WORLD SHOW IN ONLY 4 MONTHS AWAY

This show promises to be one of the biggest shows we’ve ever produced. The first indicator was that our host hotel sold out of rooms back in January. We have since contracted with three nearby hotels to handle the overflow guests. The trade show sold out as well (waiting list has been established). We can also announce that FSI, a major vendor of polyurethane foam to...
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Cape Buffalo Form Preparation Is the  Name of the Game

Cape Buffalo Form Preparation Is the Name of the Game

With an ever growing demand for African mounts, taxidermists must be prepared to mount some of the more difficult species. A cape buffalo tops the list, presenting some unique challenges not only because of its size, but the character that it exudes in its menacing facial expression. Simply hanging a...
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WATERBUCKS: AFRICAN PHOTO REFERENCE STUDY

WATERBUCKS: AFRICAN PHOTO REFERENCE STUDY

In this second reference study on waterbucks I have a new collection of reference from several sources.The main source will feature many of the photos taken by Texas taxidermist Chip Johnston on his safaris to Africa. Like me, he has a passion for wildlife photography and Chip has sent me over 2,000...
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Waterfowl Photo Reference Study: Harlequins

Waterfowl Photo Reference Study: Harlequins

Harlequin ducks are small sea ducks. In North America they are also known as “lords and ladies.” Other names include painted ducks, totem-pole ducks, rock ducks, glacier ducks, mountain ducks,...
Subscription Prices Going Up

Subscription Prices Going Up

On my birthday in August every year I get an interesting one-page printout from my insurance agent. It shows the prices of items on my birth year (1948) compared to average prices for the current year. Many items...
New World Title: Habitats, (Importance, Criteria, Rules)

New World Title: Habitats, (Importance, Criteria, Rules)

Before deciding to offer a World Title for habitats, I gave a lot of consideration into the importance that habitats have played for moving into our modern era of taxidermy. My first thought was that habitats have...
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