seems like i keep hearing these same questions from each fellow that comes into the shop or on the phone.
a good one is when they see the showroom they say "wow, did you do all of these?" how about the guy that looks at the deerhead and asks, " are those the real eyes?" or when i call someone up saying their mount is done, the person asks, "great, how does it look?" or the famous saying from a customer "do you need any animals to practice on?" and finally "man i always wanted to learn how to do taxidermy."
then there's the guys that pick up their deerheads by the neck or the ears or just throw them in the truck-even after how i tell them to be careful and show them how to carry them.
i dont understand they have NO IDEA what is involved, i mean yeah alot of guys are happy and appreciate my services, others i dont even know where to begin. and for the most part they think its just putting skin onto a form and tadah! go figure
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"How much and how long?" "I'm just checking around for price."
Where are you going to hang it at? Customer: In the garage, my wife won't let me put it in the house!
Customer: Did you start my son's mount yet? Why? Customer: His wife doesn't want anywhere that she will see it, but hell, I'll hang it next to the other ones you did for me in my house, he can come over here to see it.
Customer: Take your time, I'm in no hurry for it. Two weeks later: How's it coming?
Customer: I can refer a couple of guys to ya, can you give me a break on the price?
Customer: When you start to mount mine, can I stop over and see how it's done? OK, I usually work on mounts between 10PM to 700AM
Oh well, it makes life interesting! LOL
That brings in the deer that went about 125 pounds live weight with the sixteen inch maybe stretching it neck and says "do you put your deer on larger forms to make the neck look bigger". I say no. I put my deer on the neck size that it measures. Then you get. Well my deer when I shot him his neck was all swelled up. I just laugh and say yeah OK lol. I had a repete customer from last year. He ask that question last year and then again this year. All I said was if you want a bigger deer hold out and shoot a bigger deer. The things we say.
1. customer... "wow, did you do all of these?"
taxidermist..."No, my imaginary friend did, I'm just here to collect the money". By the way, leave him a good tip because he recently asked me for a raise, her's your sign" or,
" Nope, my taxidermist mounted them for me but he's not takin' any new clients right now, here's your sign".
2. customer..." are those the real eyes?"
taxidermist... "nope, that costs extra as I have to send them to my optometrist to get them mounted, here's your sign".
3. customer... when their deer mount is done, the person asks, "great, how does it look?"
taxidermist... "best fish I ever did, here's your sign".
4. customer..."do you need any animals to practice on?"
taxidermist..." nope, you already supply me with enough dead animals to practice on, here's your sign".
5. customer..."man i always wanted to learn how to do taxidermy."
taxidermist..." no kiddin, me too! Here's your sign".
All people say some interesting things once in a while so just learn to laugh.
What do you use for the stuffing?
How do you keep all the meat inside from rotting?
You do have to take the brain out, don't you?
That question was asked of me on 90% of all my deer brought in this past season. That question gets really old. Eric
I can wait.
Uncle Fester i s dying of cancer and wants to see my deer before he dies.
My fish-deer-ducks was bigger than that.
Jimmy Joe down the road does it cheaper can you match his price.
Did you kill all these animals?
Nope they just jumped on the wall for me.
How come I never see you at the lake?
Or while walking thru wally world someone walks up and ask how joe blows mount is coming.
Customer standing with deerhead, just drove up in his jackedup 4 wheel drive, $6,000. 4 wheel, saying I belong to such and such hunting club can you give me a break on price?
You knowing the initial cost for the hunt club is $10,000 plus $3,000 per year.
I can't pay $460.00 for a deerhead, so and so charges $325.00.
When did you say so and so would have your deer back?
About a year.
Well I have not gotten my 2001 deer back from him yet.
I rest my case.
last year, that was shot thru the neck, and the 12 gauge slug exited just behind the lip causing a 3 inch rip.., The wife of the hunter didn't know if I would be able to do anything with it because "The jaw might be broken".., I told her that I would be able wire the jaw shut, but didn't know if I could hide the hole.,.
If you are such a good artist, why are you doing taxidermy?