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THROUGH THE EYES OF THE SCORESHEET PART 5

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE SCORESHEET PART 5

by Brian Hendricks

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 they reach the back corner.

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LEGS TOO LONG? MAYBE NOT!

LEGS TOO LONG? MAYBE NOT!

by Jerry Huffaker

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 impression is that the legs on the form are too long and they need to be shortened. Shortening legs can be done, but it is difficult because you have to cut and re-install rods, and this doesn’t solve the problem of the chest area not fitting. Everything else from the chest back fit perfectly on this form.

So now I’ll show you how to make some simple cuts and make this adjustment without having to cut the legs.

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MOUNTING AN AMERICAN ALLIGATOR

MOUNTING AN AMERICAN ALLIGATOR

by Larry Blomquist, for Carl Tregre and David Spiess

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 little written guidance to draw from and no videos that I could find. During this early period of my career in taxidermy, I had several Louisiana friends in taxidermy and soon found out we were all trying to figure out the best way. We shared experiences and what we had learned about mounting this new source of income, as alligators were the newest game animal to become available to taxidermists.

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

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

by Courtney Shaheen

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 found this reference photo of a coyote scratching its side with such a look of pure satisfaction, I knew that’s what I wanted to do for this piece.

This coyote had been in the freezer for a few years; my dad had shot her one winter and I didn’t want to waste the hide as she had a very pretty coat. I didn’t save the carcass for casting, however, nor did I take any measurements, so I had to sculpt the form for this piece from scratch. Challenge accepted. I really enjoy challenging myself and this was a perfect opportunity. I had to think about my stitching and how I could minimize the seams that would be within reach for a judge, and decide how to skin this animal accordingly. Minus the relief cuts on the front legs, I was able to hide all my stitching by tubing-out the coyote from the back legs and having it sit on the seam.

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THE PERFECT FIT

THE PERFECT FIT

by Scenes-n-Nature

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 quickly and effortlessly create custom bases that perfectly fit any mount, eliminating floating feet for good.

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