Ok, Somebody talk me into doing Fish. I have done mammals, birds and
reptiles. I keep getting asked about fish and I don't do them. I don't know why, I just don't. I think it's because I always heard from people who taught me, " Damned fish, I hate fish". I have made up my mind to at least try it, but I think I need alittle encouragement from you guys.
So if someone would talk me into it. Give the ole' fat boy some encouragement. What do ya say huh, anybody up to it?
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I think the same thing at times I hate... When it comes down to it I really love them. They challenge me the most. I am never pleased with one I do. I think another reason I like them are cause there is so many ways you can mount one be it carve your on body, half cast or just puzzle it together with manikins. You can also cast and reproduce them. There just seems to be a lot of options when it comes to fish. They aren't easy to get right for me and the challenge will make me strive to become a better taxidermist over all. That's my though's anyhow.
might be to specialize in the area that you like the most. Every taxidermists I know has at least one area of taxidermy that they enjoy most and are most proficient at. Before I specialized in fish (I still do a handful of deer for friends and family), I hacked my way through birds and mammals and felt that I had to take all types of work. The result was reduced quality on the things I didn't really want to do. If you make this decision, you should notice an increase in your quality and proficiency in that area. Also, you may be able to trade work by references of other taxidermists for things you don't want to do. Go ahead and try the fish if you are interested in them, but if you have to force yourself(like me with a coyote,pew!) why bother? I have found that a lot of customers seek out a specialist the same way you might seek out a medical specialist for a specific ailment. Good Luck!
they werent saying "damn BIRDS, I hate BIRDS"?
Birds are cool...(ok I added the stinky part)
yeah they stink and you have to come back to them a few more times than other specimans but hey I get 400.00 plus change on a northern pike and 350.00 on a walley and only have about 10.00 invested out of pocket,(I carve my own bodies. Granted overhead is a little more with lights,ins,heat etc but I think this is where I make my biggest mark up. John
As far as I'm concerned, every fish that comes in here is covered with $$$ signs.Although I do everything that is legal to mount, fish are the best money-makers, followed by birds,then gameheads,and last are the full body mounts.I can do reptiles but in 55 years doing taxidermy I've never been asked to do one by a customer. By money-makers I mean the least costly to mount, both in materials and time.Don't just jump in and try your luck, if you're serious,take a few lessons from people who teach these methods.Here you will get direction that would take you a long time to learn on your own.If this is not the way you want to learn, simply mount a fish from lesson books and go to a competition and get the fish critiqued by the judge.This will be a valuable lesson that will explain what you did wrong so you can correct it in the next fish.Also take in the seminars that are given at these competitions.If you do birds and reptiles fish will be an easy learn for you. Good luck....JL
Hats off to you man! I am not sure I have it in me to last 55 years. That is phenomonal! Too bad our industry doesn't recognize milestones such as this. Oughta get a trophy or something! Man. Now THAT would be one I would proudly display!
Just do it !
Thanks Guys, I think I'll get a friend of mine that is a commercial fisherman to give me a couple of specimens and I got a large mouth Bass in the freezer (he's mine) and do these and just see what I feel like after I get them mounted. Don't get me wrong here,but, you guys that mentioned $$$$$ got my attention, (like a bird dog on a quail farm)because face it people we GOT BILLS TO PAY.
Thanks again, you have been a great source of motovation. I knew that asking my fellow compadre's would be the right way to go.
Have a Merry Christmas Ya'll.
I am because this is my sons first Christmas (9 months old)