Turning small mammal ears-by oldterryr
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« on: January 19, 2009, 08:02:33 PM »

Some of us were blessed to have known Terry Davis both personally and professionally for many years, while some of us only knew him for a matter of weeks.  In May of 2008 he lost his battle with cancer.  There are no words to adequately express the grief many of us felt for Terry & his family.  For many months we read his Cancer Blogs.  Through the good times and bad, Terry tried to smile and tried to help.  He gave his life, his family, and this industry that he loved so much, everything he could, until he could give no more.

I hope that in some small way, by putting the tutorials that Terry had on his website, here on Taxidermy.net, he will continue to teach, inspire, and watch over all of us.  His beloved wife, Maggie, has given her blessing to this project.

I havent changed a word of the tutorials.  The methods described within are entirely Terrys.  I made the pictures taxi.net friendly, but other than that, this is the exact tutorial Terry had on his website.  ;)

Enjoy, and God bless.  L



Turning small mammal ears
1) Turning small animal ears is the hardest thing to do when you start - it is really pretty easy when you have the right tools and use the right techniques - the animal we are working with is a coyote - I have used this method on everything down to a skunk

2) The most important thing to do is leave the ear attached to the skull for as long as possible - the skull acts as a third hand and gives you something substantial to tug against - when you are inverting ears DO NOT use a scalpel - use a knife that is forgiving - work on one ear and go to the other side and go back and forth

3) go slowly and invert the ear on skull as far as possible - this is about as far as I can normally go

4) Cut the ear base off where it joins skull

5) here's another shot from the side

6) Cut it off flush with skull

7) I got this mandrel idea from another taxidermist - I went to wal-mart and bought a baseball bat and took it to a woodworking shop and had them turn it down on a lathe

8) here is tip - small enuf for marten and large enuf for buffalo - I use a regular ear turner for big animals and then touch it up here after tanning

9) here is how far we got it inverted on skull - I have marked it - left mark

10) here it is without mark - enlarge picture and it is very clear where skin where connecting tissue is - no scalpels here

11) put reverse tension - wooden mandrel give you resistance to push against

12) where connective tissue shows (white membrane) touch knife blade there and it will turn inside out easily

13) done - this is not completely turned yet - this is where I stop and throw in tanning agent - come back after tanning and the rest of it will turn slicker than our former president - if you are using dp go ahead and finish it up - as you get closer to the tip slow way down and completely invert it - I have tried any number of ways to turn the ears and this is by far the fastest.... and truly  the easiest


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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2009, 07:39:37 PM »

We know the photobucket pictures are down.  I've done what I can to fix it.  I am at a loss for anything else I can do.  Ken Edwards & Patrick J are working on it and I am very grateful to them.  I am hopeful that Terry can continue to teach future generations of taxidermists for many years to come.

Thank you for your patience.
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