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What the Customer Wants… He GETS!

What the Customer Wants… He GETS!

Two winters ago Jim Beenken, an award-winning taxidermist and sculptor from Wisconsin, texted me some intriguing photos of a project he had just completed. It was unique, different, and eye catching. A few months later he and I were discussing the article I was writing about the World Taxidermy Championships® Live Sculpting Competition and I asked him to send me more...
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Mammals Part 3: The Balancing Act

Mammals Part 3: The Balancing Act

The Value of a Good Scoresheet.  The first few times you utilize a taxidermy competition scoresheet, you learn as much, if not more, from it before the competition than after. A scoresheet helps to guide your focus through the entire mounting process—from choosing a position to the final finish work and the habitat. Just understanding every term on the scoresheet...
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National Taxidermists Association

National Taxidermists Association

After canceling the scheduled 2020 convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NTA came roaring back to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for the 50th annual National Taxidermists Association convention, competition, and trade show. The NTA had been at this facility three times before: in 2005, 2011, and 2019, at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center. There were 233 competition...
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How to Paint a Flathead Catfish

How to Paint a Flathead Catfish

This is a paint schedule for a flathead catfish (Pylodictus olivaris) or what some folks call an opelousas or yellow cat. Like all fish, these catfish vary in coloration from a yellow to brown and almost black at times. They are a fun and profitable fish to do as they cannot be conventionally mounted very well, so a good replica will save you a lot of grief. I learned...
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Pack Mounts Tell a Story

Pack Mounts Tell a Story

Taxidermists are a creative lot, and it was only a matter of time before pack mounts gained in popularity and customer appeal. This concept is not new, however, with the explosion in the many facets of social media, taxidermists and their customers are being exposed to the concept of pack mounts on a...
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Part 2, Simplicity in Study

Part 2, Simplicity in Study

When envisioning a position for your next competition or private collection piece, do you imagine in species or grouping? Perhaps you have a certain skin you wish to use or a scene that comes to mind. Capturing the essence of the species is paramount, but its essence is so much more than its...
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Breathe New Life Into a Bear Habitat

Breathe New Life Into a Bear Habitat

We recently received a black bear mount requiring restoration. This more than 20-year-old mount was the first bear ever taken by this Missouri hunter and holds a special place in his heart. He killed it while bow...

Waterfowl Photo Reference Study: Wigeons

There are recognizable differences in these three species of wigeons found mainly different regions of the world. The one physical trait that remains similar is the bill color of the three, and both the males and...
Elephant Puzzle: How to Fit an Elephant Through a 70-Inch-by-80-Inch Hallway

Elephant Puzzle: How to Fit an Elephant Through a 70-Inch-by-80-Inch Hallway

One day I was presented with a challenge to mount a lifesize elephant which could be taken apart, so it would not be required to be permanently displayed. The elephant was to be transported down a hallway 70...
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