I've been ordering forms from McKenzie, seems that the faces are very narrow. Deer I am mounting are from Wisconsin, our deer (WI) seem to have fuller faces. How can I be sure the forms I order will fit my hides correctly. After the deer dries, everythings looks fine, other than the face looks more narrow that in real life. Is there certain forms for deer in the north vs. deer in the south?
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Matuska Taxidermy Supply has a website and has what you need. They carry Competitor's Choice forms sculpted from Wisconsin deer by Wisconsin taxidermists and world champions Pat Wagner, Brian Olson and Mike Yeska. They fit our deer.
forms in the catalog than what's listed on the website, so I recommend getting the catalog.
im from wi been using the meder forms since they came out.
they look and fit great.
You can still order from McKenzie, just specify that you want the "old "style of head on everything. They are well aware that the new, skinny heads suck. Every time I order now, I just ask for the old heads, and haven't had a problem. Ben Mears forms seem to work great for me on Northern deer if you want to go that route.
I recommended the Matuska forms above, and have also used Meder. Meder forms are big, especially in the shoulders and if you are mounting very large bodied deer, you are fine, but I prefer Matuska and only use the Meder now for full sneaks since Matuska doesn't offer them. Post an e-mail address and I can send you some pictures if you want.
I suspect an opinion based on finacial compensation here.
Here's what the old taxidermist that trained me 35 yrs ago had to say
about taxidermist who always have something else to sell besides their work, stay away from them. I suspect this mike on the second page of the Matuska catalog.
Mike how do you straighten the noses on Matuska forms. They all twist to the right. I tried them in the past and quit because of this and just this weekend did two more because a friend really liked them. Quess what? Same twist on the first one and after some work on the second it came out pretty good. I like the fit but the extra work makes it questional if I would order another.
meder forms dont have overly large shoulders. that is one of the main reasons i use them.
Mike, are you refering to Joe "Coombs" instead of Joe "Meder"? now coombs forms have wide shoulders, and McKenzie forms have wide shoulders.....and I mounted a 240 dressed buck on the largest straight form that Ben Mears had. the face and neck fit like a glove......but I had to take about 4 inches off at the shoulders.
but really.....meders arent wide.
I like Joe Meder forms, but I like Matuska forms as well. I did say that I use full sneak Meder forms, because Matuska doesn't make them. I don't care what you use I just was adding an opinion. No I am not Mike Yeska, who is the sculptor. Don't jump to conclusions based on your best guess, I have nothing to do with the company. Have fun with it and good luck, I was just trying to help.
I have noticed in the past that the Meder forms seem to have shorter, fatter necks and larger shoulders. Deer vary and different manufacturers have different forms for those variations. If you haven't read Rick Carter's last article in Breakthrough about shoulder size, I believe its titled,"ten pounds of manure" take a look at it, interesting reading.