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CARIBOU (Rangifer tarandus) Large Mammal Photo Reference Study

CARIBOU (Rangifer tarandus) Large Mammal Photo Reference Study

During my 32 years as a full-time commercial taxidermist I had a lot of fondness with a little disdain for caribous when they were received from customers. They are unique and beautiful animals with lustrous thick hair coats and great color along with attractive antlers for a trophy room. Their facial features were about as easy to replicate as any gamehead you could...
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The Value of Attending Conventions and Trade Shows

The Value of Attending Conventions and Trade Shows

The most valuable benefit of joining your state and national taxidermy association is the opportunity to attend the annual convention. Trade-show season runs from February to July and is the perfect time to start harvesting the benefits of membership. Pro Tip: When you travel to a convention in the United States, your transportation (flights or mileage), half your meals, a...
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Taxidermy Positioning Systems

Taxidermy Positioning Systems

In this instructional article I will show you how the inventor of the TPS products suggests installing them for the best results. There are currently two useful systems, the Wall Bracket system for gameheads and the Pedestal Support brackets. TPS is a 3-use system preinstalled in an urethane form, eliminating the need for adding mounting stand attachments and hangers. The...
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From Novice… to Best of Show

From Novice… to Best of Show

From Novice to Best of Show – that was an outcome I never envisioned in 2011 when I entered my first competition as a novice at the World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships in Springfield, Illinois. Looking back on this journey, this accomplishment was fueled by a simple desire to get better, and then finding and taking advantage of the best resources available....
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Painting and Installing Fish Eyes into a Cast Fish

Painting and Installing Fish Eyes into a Cast Fish

When it comes to eyes, I feel the life of the mount starts in the eyes. Most of us look into the eyes of each other to communicate and the instinct is to look at a creature in the eyes before scanning the rest of the body. I look at fish the same way. A good fish mount needs a great eye set, just...
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2019 Breakthrough Awards, Part 1

2019 Breakthrough Awards, Part 1

Publisher’s note: We had a tremendous response from the many talented winners of the Breakthrough Award for Judges’ Choice Best of Show. With so many excellent professional photos and excellent write-ups about their awards, it filled 15 dedicated pages, too many to fit into this one...
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Waterfowl Photo Reference Study: Teal Part III

Waterfowl Photo Reference Study: Teal Part III

This will be the final part of my three-part reference articles on teal of the world. There are more species and subspecies, but I could not find reference for everyone that is listed in scientific reports. I have...
TAXIDERMY HALL OF FAME 2019 INDUCTEES

TAXIDERMY HALL OF FAME 2019 INDUCTEES

In April of 2019, the 18-member selection committee of the Taxidermy Hall of Fame narrowed down the list of six highly qualified nominees to the two people who became the latest inductees into the Taxidermy Hall...
Professional Standards for Shipping, Part 1: Customizing Leg Rods

Professional Standards for Shipping, Part 1: Customizing Leg Rods

Shipping isn’t just about boxing, crating, or loading a trailer. It goes back further and starts with a solid foundation, in our case, mammals with solid leg rods and solid neck supports to aid in strength...
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