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Pedestal Backs with an Artistic Flare

Pedestal Backs with an Artistic Flare

In 1989 when I was a fledgling taxidermist, I entered a whitetail deer pedestal with artwork on the back. I was told by the deer judge that I should not have put artwork on the back. He thought it was distracting to the viewer—the back should be left plain. Nearly thirty years later it is now hard to find the back of a pedestal mount that is not exhibiting some sort...
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Moose Skull Boiler

Moose Skull Boiler

Moose skulls are difficult to boil and clean primarily due to the angle in which the antler bases diverge from the skull. Containers used to boil a moose skull can be quite large in order to immerse the entire skull and in doing so, at least portion of one antler. This large container can hold up to 45 gallons of water and is difficult to heat the water to the boiling...
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Breakthrough Award Winners

Breakthrough Award Winners

Winners of the Breakthrough Awards for 2018 THE HIGHEST AWARD AN ENTRY CAN receive is Judges’ Choice Best of Show. Breakthrough is honoring this top achievement with the Breakthrough Award for Judges’ Choice Best of Show. Each winner receives a handsome plaque and a gift certificate from Breakthrough worth $50.00 in subscription renewals and merchandise....
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Articulated Skeleton Basics

Articulated Skeleton Basics

First, I am far from an expert on preparing articulated skeletons, but I do have some experience from past projects I’ve done, and I wanted to prepare a mink skeleton for an entry into the Professional Division at the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships in Peoria, Illinois. I have entered this category at previous shows and find it interesting, educational, and...
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Putting Your Kids to Work in Your Shop

Putting Your Kids to Work in Your Shop

Putting your children to work in your business, even for the summer, is one of the most underutilized TAX-SAVING strategies today. Plus, the skills they learn will form habits that last a lifetime, specifically, life skills like money management and building a strong work ethic. If they can master...
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2019 World Show News

2019 World Show News

We are receiving excellent comments on the expansion of the Interpretive Division, adding a Habitat Division, and the beginning of a wildlife art exhibition for bronze sculpture at the 2019 show. In addition to that expansion, we have some new, never-before seminars coming on new innovative...
April 17, 2018 0 Comments
Reference Study: Wild Turkeys

Reference Study: Wild Turkeys

If you are thinking, “Turkeys—again? Breakthrough just ran a turkey head reference article last issue by Cary Cochran,” you are right. That does not mean I cannot run another one as it is...

Painting a Chocolate Chip Porgy

Painting a Chocolate Chip Porgy

Porgies are in the family of Sparidae and genus of Calamus, which includes 13 different porgies. Our pretty porgy we are going to paint is a whitebone/chocolate (chip) porgy. Calamus Leucosteus is the scientific...

Animal Magnetism

Animal Magnetism

Animal Magnetism, by Don Frank: "The way that a fish or animal is attached to a base can make or break a composition. Too many fish in competitions are attached to the habitat with a screw through the belly or...

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