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Cincinnati Surgical: Choosing the Right Blade When Details Matter

Cincinnati Surgical: Choosing the Right Blade When Details Matter

by Brian Eve and Kelly Kramer

Every serious wildlife artist knows how important the details are to a finished product. But have you ever really given much thought to how the tools you use can impact those details? Just like the process of creating your pieces, there are many steps to making a quality blade. The more you know about the blade manufacturing process, the better prepared you will be to make sure you are using the best option for you. This article will explain the intricacies of the surgical blades used by taxidermists around the globe.

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All Collective Artists Entries in the 2022 World Taxidermy Championships®

All Collective Artists Entries in the 2022 World Taxidermy Championships®

The Collective Artists Division is a hallmark division of the World Taxidermy Championships®. It gives several artists and/or studios the opportunity to show their abilities and artistic talents in one composition. These works of taxidermy art have become one of the most anticipated spectacles of each World Show and for that reason they have been given a special area in the always open pre-functions areas for all to view throughout the show. Every Collective Artists entry at the 2022 show scored 90 or above with the highest scoring entry in each category receiving a Best of Category and its share of $4,000.00 in cash awards. All WTC judges have a final vote to determine the Best in World of this division, won this year by the Phil Soucy Studio and artist Forest “Toby” Hart.

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Painting a Largemouth Bass

Painting a Largemouth Bass

by Ron Kelly

Illustrations by Larry Blomquist

This is a paint schedule for a largemouth bass. It can be used for a real fish or replica. The only difference is how you prepare each fish for the paint. The paint is basically applied the same way. I have a system that has worked for me for over 40 years, but I encourage everyone to experiment and try to get better each time as I do. I am open to new methods and try to learn something new each time I paint a fish.

My techniques have a basic side, but my paints and application have changed slightly over time. I started off painting oil paints with a brush (showing my age). Actually, some were quite good back then and surpassed guys that were getting into airbrushing at the time. I gravitated to airbrushing during high school and was fortunate to learn how to use one from Bud Hull in Georgia. He is a legend and still one of the best in my opinion.

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Waterfowl Photo Reference Study: Canvasbacks

Waterfowl Photo Reference Study: Canvasbacks

by Larry Blomquist

This big diving duck, the largest of its genus, is wary and swift in flight, earning the respect of sportsmen. It is a characteristic bird of prairie marshes in summer and saltwater bays in winter. Canvasbacks dive for their food, mainly the bases and roots of plants growing underwater. Its specific name of valisineria refers to the technical name of wild celery, an aquatic plant that is among its favored foods.

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Tribute: Phil Helms (1959-2022)

Tribute: Phil Helms (1959-2022)

by Adam Barton

To my taxidermy family, join me in paying tribute to our fellow taxidermist and co-worker, Phil Helms who passed away August 14, 2022. Phil was born on January 7, 1959. He leaves behind his wife Sheila, daughter Brook, son Nicolas, and new baby granddaughter, Kinsley Rae. Phil was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early in 2021 and fought hard through difficult treatments.

 

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