How to: Narrow a Deer Muzzle

Back in the 70’s, I can remember one of the old-timers at Jonas Brothers telling me in no uncertain terms: “You must not let the skin be your master!”. He was of course, correct. But sometimes, the skin can’t co-operate, and a form alteration can make all the difference in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

How to: Enlarge a Deer Muzzle

Whitetail deer vary dramatically from area to area, sub-specie to sub-specie, and even from deer to deer within any given region or sub-specie. Just as people come in all sizes and shapes, so do deer! This is a sculptor’s Read the rest of this entry »

Photography- A few shots from Tanzania

Photography is a great passion of mine. I like everything cameras, but I particularly enjoy bird photography.  I am a “birder” at heart, but somehow, for me, simply seeing or observing a bird is not enough. I need a photograph! And the same goes for mammals of all kinds.

So in this category, I will post all things photography. On some occasions I might post a quick morning Read the rest of this entry »

69F7324R The Barry Wensel Buck

Every deer hunt has its’ story and some stories are simply more interesting than others. The story of a deer named Hurley is truly an amazing one when you consider it lasted over a period of 6 long years! Read the rest of this entry »

From Old… to New

In my first post on this Blog (see Observations/Taxidermy-An Ideal and a Pledge) I mentioned how much taxidermy manikins have improved since the world of paper forms in the pre-midseventies era. Because those forms had no pre-set anything, the taxidermist was required to model the face pretty much from scratch, on every singe mount. It was a time-consumer and certainly made symmetry much more difficult. But my encouragement was that even though forms are much better today, it does not preclude the necessity of a taxidermist’s study of anatomy, in order to produce the best mount he can on every occasion. Every deer is different and on each mount you have to be able to deal with what you have to work with. And knowing what to do about each one of the scenarios that come up, will produce a better mount, every time. Read the rest of this entry »

Taxidermy – An Ideal and a Pledge

Webster defines art as “something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful and that expresses important ideas or feelings”.

Taxidermy, is an art.

An artist then is one whose “skill is acquired by experience, study, and observation”.

A taxidermist, is an artist Read the rest of this entry »

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