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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 had a strong position in taxidermy for well over a hundred years. Look back at our historic museums with dioramas full of natural looking habitats during the end...
December 15, 2023 0 Comments
PART 2: A complete Study on Fish Taxidermy Using the World Show® Scoresheets as a Guideline

PART 2: A complete Study on Fish Taxidermy Using the World Show® Scoresheets as a Guideline

I start this second article by continuing our focus on the head exterior and mouth interior, which are two of the most viewed areas of any competition or commercial mount. I will also highlight craftsmanship as well as one of the major areas of evaluation on the scoresheet, and one of the biggest areas for improvement for nearly all taxidermists, that being the pelvic and...
December 15, 2023 0 Comments
Waterfowl Photo Reference Study: Longtail Ducks

Waterfowl Photo Reference Study: Longtail Ducks

Long-tailed ducks (Clangula hyemalis), formerly known as old squaws, are medium-sized sea ducks that breed in the tundra and taiga regions of the arctic, and winters along the northern coastlines of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It is the only member of the genus Clangula. “Old Squaw” was the name given by Native Americans, due to their loud and abundant...
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Part 1: Important Considerations When Competing with a Habitat

Part 1: Important Considerations When Competing with a Habitat

This issue we are beginning a series of habitat articles by Kurt Ainsworth from Independence, Kentucky. Kurt grew up and started his career in taxidermy in Michigan, so he is very familiar with northern habitats of snow, and ice. He has traveled, hunted, and fished extensively in North America and Africa. Kurt offered to do a series of articles on many of his procedures for...
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Walrus Strays to Finland

Walrus Strays to Finland

A walrus “caused a stir” as it became stranded on the shoreline along the Southern Finland in July 2022. The appearance of the iconic Arctic animal on the coast of Finland caused enormous interest and, among the public, a desire to help. To renew or subscribe, visit...
December 15, 2023 0 Comments
WTC 2024 ANNOUNCED

WTC 2024 ANNOUNCED

We are beyond excited to announce the location and facility for the next World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships®. Coralville is a suburb of Iowa City, Iowa, and is very near to the University of Iowa. It is a beautiful hotel, one which I would call first class in every way. Its...
October 31, 2023 0 Comments
Part 1, Fish Taxidermy Using the WTC Scoresheets

Part 1, Fish Taxidermy Using the WTC Scoresheets

Early in my taxidermy career I became well aware of the value of reference photos. Any experienced taxidermist will tell you one of the most important requirements to improve your work is simple: reference,...
Master of Masters and Akeley Awards from WTC 2022

Master of Masters and Akeley Awards from WTC 2022

Master of Masters and Akeley Awards from WTC 2022 Brian Hendricks Daniel Meng Frank Newmyer Danny Owens Kent Reedy Dave Long Richard White Jan Fredriksson To subscribe or renew, visit...
Mounting a Rattlesnake Part 1

Mounting a Rattlesnake Part 1

I have lived in the eastern section of Pennsylvania my entire life, and only occasionally did I see rattlesnakes. Only when I started actively seeking them on Blue Mountain, which is the first mountain in the...
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