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« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2008, 09:53:26 PM »

But Jimmy , When you can take the pebble ,from Rick`s hand, then it will be time for you to leave . LOL  You are probably too young to remember the old Kung Fu TV series . I hope tomorrow is a better day for you my friend. Take care , Randy
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« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2008, 10:14:03 PM »

Your customer recognizes the master. To him you are it. Isn't that all that counts? Just a thought...JL
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« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2008, 10:23:26 PM »

Well in MHO we all try to master the art,but if we truly master it you would not do it anymore because there would be no way to improve because it would be perfect.
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« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2008, 10:41:17 PM »

I would say something about what day today is, and EJ's whip, but somwone would read to much into it.  ;D
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« Reply #19 on: January 21, 2008, 10:41:55 PM »

 ;D 8) ;D 8)
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« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2008, 10:59:06 PM »

Grasshopper!
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« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2008, 08:53:13 AM »

I agree with what most of you said it takes to be a master. The people that think they are a masters aren't. The real masters we think are masters don't look at themselves as masters even though they are in our minds. Not just in taxidermy but in all things in life, I've always said the ones that brag have insecurity problems with themselves. So in my mind I know who I think is a master and I look up to him with great respect and inspiration Mr. Rick Krane.
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« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2008, 09:15:01 AM »

I think a master or a better word specialist in any field is a person that has the ability to problem solve in all situations without the need to look to others for answers.  The specialist doesn't need the supply companies gadgets just raw materials.  The specialist doesn't care who's eyes are better cause he/she can make their own.  The specialist stays on the cutting edge by pushing themselves to improve because of an inner drive to do the best they can.   It does not mean they can't look to others for advise but they would have successfully tackled the project with or without the advise.   It doesn't mean they are all knowing in fact the specialist knows as much as they have learned they still need to learn.  

Only one is all knowing and my master and boy what an inspiration to study his work.  
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« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2008, 10:00:39 AM »

Amen to that Gary!
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« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2008, 10:18:19 AM »

In competition you have categories such as novice, amateur. professional, and master, but that is all they are is categories, there is only one Master. Ron K.
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« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2008, 11:52:54 AM »

Well, being that I, myself am indeed, a "MASTER", maybe I should tell you a little about how this came to be......OK, I'm cracking up so hard I can't even type- he he. I wish I could type that and keep a strait face- bwaaahhhhhhaaaaaaa. I don't know all the masters out there- I just know that I hate them- he he.
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« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2008, 04:42:33 PM »

Well, here's my .02 that might not be worth .01. I think we have diverted from the original question a little. I don't know of any "masters" who flaunt their accomplishment either, but they a surely very proud of the title they earned.  We do indeed have a Master's category in state, national, and world competitions. I think one must place very high in lesser levels of competition  in order to compete  in a Master's division. Some of you competitors can chime in here and clarify this for the rest of us. In order to be certified as a "master" in a specific division(coldwater fish, deer head, small mammals, etc) a competitor must achieve at a specified level(score) in the master's division. If I'm in error here, some one please correct me....eh? That said, a "master" fish taxidermist is certified as such by the organization that runs the competition. I'd have to do some homework to see who they all are, but there are master fish taxidermists among us.
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« Reply #27 on: January 22, 2008, 04:58:21 PM »

True It the title is defined by the competition but does the Title Master make you a Master??

I agree with Gary as well, A master or Specialist is the Guy who isnt phased by a Problem, A guy who can Problem solve his way out of a box. Someone who does not rely on a Specific company or supply but can make due with what is at hand.

I have a Professor of Painting at my old School. HE is a Master.! One day in painting class a student made a comment about how he was not able to paint well because he was using cheep paints.

The professor stopped the class and said OK if people stay for 2 hours after class I will give you extra Credit, I have to show you something.
He then went to the Art Education department and picked up a Box of Crayons and a few cans of poster paint.

He Told everyone he is going to leave the room. well he is gone the student are to pick out 3 crayons and one color of paint.

He came back and they picked out the most Horrible colors in the mix.
The Professor then sat down with those colors and did a full portrait of the Model. It was AMAZING!!! I still to this day do not believe he did what he did in 2 hours with those materials!

After he was done everyone was stunned. he looked at his class and said. Every thing you need is in your Eyes! Materials are just a tool.

Nobody ever complained about their cheap materials again.
It was very cool
 
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« Reply #28 on: January 22, 2008, 05:26:49 PM »

RON PITTARD. Ron Pittard is a master. Every single person that has ever seen any of his fish has concidered it a "life-changing" experience. He never entered a competition, but has had his customers enter his fish, even after Ron requested that no one do so- both times that I witnessed this, these "customer" fish won best of show. He kept the location of his shop a secret and never had a phone or did any type of advertising. He was always swamped. The good news is, though he hasn't done a fish in over ten years (retired), the last time I went to see him, he had a few big Chinnooks in the works! I will try to get some pics on here so you guys can witness the master of masters.    Dave
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« Reply #29 on: January 22, 2008, 08:41:29 PM »

Looking in the dictionary you will find many definitions for the word master. Relevant to us in this thread are: 1.Someone that has very great skill, a great artist. 2. To bring under control or overcome. 3 to acquire knowledge and skill in. Whether we are or not,  we should continue striving to be masters.

Like most of us here in the Pacific Northwest, I was greatly inspired by Ron Pittards fish renderings. They gave me motivation and confirmation for my love of painting fish. I would defiantly include him in my short list of "Fish Masters"!

Jeff
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