by Bob Berry
I had the idea of carving a hand holding a fish for release for several years. It seemed to be a good idea and as far as I know, no one has done this kind of carving before. It would be a first in the fish carving arena, although there have been molded and cast hands in taxidermy competition many times before. I was contemplating carving it for competition, then selling it as a second goal. I figured both options made it worth the effort to be good. At this time I was only stuck with selling it. Oh well, I decided to do it.
2019 World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships® Approach
Be there when we present $30,750 in cash prizes to winners at the 2019 World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships. April 30–May 4, 2019, Expo Center in Springfield, Missouri.
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COMPETITORS’ AWARD: $14,250.00 CASH AWARDS
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$2,250 from World Show Award Fund
$1,500 from Payer Eyes
$1,000 Mohr Taxidermy Specialties
$1,000 from Coppersmith Global Logistics
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• Master Division:
First $4,000 Second $3,000
Third $1,500 Fourth $750
• Professional Division:
First $2,000 Second $1,500
Third $750 Fourth $500
by Larry Blomquist
When I began my research on quail of North America, I really did not know there were so many species and subspecies in Central America, Mexico, and North America. The quail of the American continent are referred to as New World quail and those of the European and Asia continents are referred to as Old World quail. Of course, hunters and taxidermists consider them gamebirds and depending on what part of the country you live in, quail are quail, with a regional name for each of the species.
In my search for reference it was easy to see that the most common species in the United States were the California quail, bobwhite quail, Gambel’s quail, and scaled quail (commonly called blue quail). I was able to find some good reference for these. The mountain quail, which is found in the mountains of the western USA, was a tough one to find reference where I could acquire copyrights.
There are many subspecies of all of these, so for the purpose of this photo reference, I will group the photos according to the species name that is common with the subspecies. I will give brief descriptions of the four species that are most common in the USA with range maps of their distribution.
FOLLOWING THE 2017 WORLD FISH CARVING CHAMPIONSHIPS,
a committee was established to evaluate all aspects of the
WFCC and make recommendations to the show organizer and
chairman Larry Blomquist. Entries numbers had dropped over the past
few show where many of the categories (40 total) of the various levels
had no entries or only one entry. Entries with no competition against
them were winning ribbons by default. This committee was asked to
submit a revised structure of the categories under the various divisions
to better represent the changes the competition has seen over the past
four WFCC shows. It was never the intentions of this competition to
give ribbons in an uncontested way so it was time to reevaluate the
entry process. The purpose of the WFCC competition is just that, to
compete against other carvings and to determine which is the best.
The chairman asked the committee to determine a way by which
most, if not all, entries would have competition within each established
division and/or category. The committee came up with a rule that will
be recognized as the Three and Three Rule. This rule means that when
possible there should be at least six entries (three entries that receive
ribbons and at least three that remain) that fit the criteria and intent
of that division or category in order to establish a competitive group.
Example: if there are not enough entries (six) to fill one of the listed categories,
two or more of the categories may be combined, establishing
a combined or general category in that division. The judges will make
the final decision in combining categories as they will have the option
of allowing five or even four entries to compete for ribbons if they feel
they have very strong entries in all categories.
The exceptions to the Three and Three Rule will be if a Level that
has fewer than six entries, then those entries will compete against
each other. An example is, If there were only five total entries in the
Novice Level, the three Divisions of that Level would be combined and
all entries in that Level would compete against each other. Also, this
rule will not be in effect for the Youth Level. It was also decided to eliminate
establishing classes in any of the levels unless entries numbers
increase. (At the past two WFCC there was no need to establish classes
even under less restrictive rules.)
It was recommended that the rules and regulations be condensed
into a format that would be easy to read and understand. All the rules
and regulations are basically the same as before, but in a more concise
and orderly way.
Note: A WFCC competition committee has been established to rule
on anything not addressed in these rules and regulations. This committee
will consist of Larry Blomquist, Ken Edwards, and the two fish
carving judges selected for each show.
The only exception to the Three and Three Rule will be if a level has
fewer than six entries, then those entries will compete against each
other. An example is, if there were only five total entries under Decorative
Miniature Division, the Freshwater and Saltwater categories would
be combined and compete against each other.
by Larry Blomquist
Coyotes are native to North America. They are smaller than their close relatives, gray wolves, and slightly smaller than the closely related eastern wolves and red wolves. As of 2005, 19 coyote subspecies are recognized. This issue I will focus on the head details and still body poses. The categories I grouped the poses in are:
1. Head details and attitude
2. Still body poses
3. Walking, running
7. With prey
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