After knowing you read the post on how we got started in Taxidermy. I went back to look. Hoping I would be able to read how you and Barney Rubble, began skinning brontosaurs and all. I was so disappointed. LOL
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George would inform us as to when he "Saw the light". Come on George tell us, curious minds want to know.LOL. John
In actuality, I don't recall when I started because I was born into that type of environment. We didn't have big game in Central South Carolina back in the mid-40's, but we routinely shot hawks and owls trying to scarf up on our chicken coop and squirrel, rabbit, and quail were often the only meat we had on the table. I guess I was 7 or 8 when I shot my first squirrel. We always skinned them by cutting the back and pulling the halves apart. I wanted a "trophy" so I skinned out the tail and poured DUZ powdered clothes detergent down the tail. I shook it out and slipped it over a sparkleberry switch. It dried and lasted about 10 years before the family dog found in one night and destroyed it. I've been "stuffin" critters ever since and at 12, (1958) I graduated from Northwest School of Taxidermy. In the 47 subsequent years, I haven't improved on that technique a whole lot. Fortunately, the older I get, the better I was.
Do you have a source for Duz Detergent?
1960 A&P store in West Columbia, SC. It was the sponsor of "Superman" on the radio.