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SKIN-MOUNTING AN ALDABRA TOITORSE

SKIN-MOUNTING AN ALDABRA TOITORSE

In this preparation protocol, we describe the practical approach to the preparation process of an Aldabra giant tortoise. The main focus is the particular difficulties of preparing specimens of this species. Firstly, the heavy weight of the animal requires a stable construction and handling considerations during the working process. Secondly, the requirements for tanning a...
September 12, 2022 0 Comments
MOUNTING AN AMERICAN ALLIGATOR, PART 2

MOUNTING AN AMERICAN ALLIGATOR, PART 2

Last issue we began this new article series on mounting an American alligator. That article introduced the two taxidermists who made this series of articles possible along with their procedures for skinning and fleshing with a pressure washer. It did not cover the procedure for properly cleaning the head because it is recommended to remove the head when skinning this...
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HOW TO BECOME A CRITTER STUFFER

Not that it’s worth anything, but from time to time I will be asked for my advice from some aspiring young person about the prospect of him taking up taxidermy as a hobby or, I shudder to say, as a career choice. Some skinny-jean clad pup will come up to me and ask, “Yo, Gramps, what does it take to become a ‘critter stuffer?’ It don’t look...
September 12, 2022 0 Comments
PERFECT FIT

PERFECT FIT

It can be really challenging to find a base that perfectly fits your animal, but is there ever really a perfect fit? There is with Contour Sheet! The revolutionary product from Scenes-n-Nature allows THE you to quickly and effortlessly create custom bases that perfectly fit any mount, eliminating floating feet for good. TO SUBSCRIBE OR RENEW, visit...
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THROUGH THE EYES OF THE SCORESHEET PART 5

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE SCORESHEET PART 5

LIPS and MOUTH Shape: Lower (frontal), Upper, Corners: The front of the bottom lip normally shows a bit and should gently touch the top lips where they arc into the cleft. There should be some definition between lower and upper. As the upper lips continue rearward, they should show some arc as...
June 17, 2022 0 Comments
LEGS TOO LONG? MAYBE NOT!

LEGS TOO LONG? MAYBE NOT!

A common problem when mounting large lifesize mammals is the front legs seem to be too long on the form and the skin won’t come together in the chest area. You can see an example of this in Photo 1. While test-fitting the skin, the feet on this hyena skin reach just above the ankles. Our first...
June 17, 2022 0 Comments
MOUNTING AN AMERICAN ALLIGATOR

MOUNTING AN AMERICAN ALLIGATOR

I mounted my first alligator back in the 1970s soon after they were taken off of the protected species list. I had to draw on experience alone and learned my lessons by making and seeing my mistakes. There was...
SCULPTING A COYOTE FORM FROM S-C-R-A-T-C-H

SCULPTING A COYOTE FORM FROM S-C-R-A-T-C-H

First and foremost, before starting a competition piece, I would recommend you find a good reference photo of the type of animal you plan to mount that really strikes you and piques your interest. As soon as I...
THE PERFECT FIT

THE PERFECT FIT

It can be really challenging to find a base that perfectly fits your animal, but is there ever really a perfect fit? There is with Contour Sheet! The revolutionary product from Scenes-n-Nature allows you to...
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