McKenzie Custom Wood Shop Video

McKenzie has a new, modern state-of-the-art wood shop that can handle any custom job, from the simplest panel to a full trophy room, with the quality and efficiency that you have come to expect from the leader in taxidermy design and innovation. We have produced a short video to introduce you to the amazing capabilities of this new wood manufacturing facility, which is presented at the bottom of this page.

McKenzie is well known for offering the best customer service in the industry. Now you can take advantage of this stellar McKenzie service with any custom woodworking you ever need. The outstanding quality, speed of completion, and pricing structure is without equal in the industry.

This 12,000 square foot facility in North Carolina has all of the latest woodworking equipment to produce anything your imagination can conceive. This is not just a guy with a band saw and router. This modern plant is filled with top-end computerized equipment.

Every inch of the raw lumber is scanned by Optimizers which use lasers to inspect and remove the less desirable areas. Knotholes or bad spots are automatically cut and discarded. This ensures that all finished items are manufactured from the best grade wood.

Six-head CNC routers use computer aided design to cut precision parts with incredible quality and perfect consistency, from the smallest panel to the largest habitat base.

McKenzie’s computerized molder is capable of cutting a variety of profiles for bases, furniture, cabinetry, chair rails, base boards and crown molding, so the design of the entire trophy room can be fully coordinated for a stunning cohesiveness.

Lasers are used to engrave custom artwork including images, company names, logos, photos or trophy information. The laser is also powerful enough to cut entirely through the wood to create stunning intricate inlays. Inlays can be designed to sit just proud of the surface as shown here, or designed as full inlays, where one type of wood is flush with another type of wood or material such as mother of pearl.

In the spray booth, McKenzie’s finishers are experts in applying beautiful stains and durable finishes. On some woods such as walnut, the finishers will actually use an airbrush on any blonde or sapwood areas to tone the surface for consistent color.

Custom pedestals of any size or design, custom panels in any shape including states and countries, custom inlays or engraving; if you can imagine it, the McKenzie wood shop team can build it for you: quickly and inexpensively. You’ve seen the huge variety of beautiful stock wood items in the McKenzie catalog. Hundreds of designs and finishes are available to order right off the shelf, and available for pickup in six regional distribution centers.

But you can also modify any of McKenzie’s existing items by changing the size, dimensions, wood, or finishes. You can add personalized touches like custom laser engraving, insets, or accessories. Exotic woods like wormy maple or ambrosia can be used for construction, or you can modify existing designs by adding shelves or doors to pedestal bases. Whatever your client wants, can be fulfilled.

Entire trophy room packages with coordinated bases, furniture, molding and flooring can be produced—along with the rocks for mountains—and all delivered on one truck with one call.

The experienced staff of wood artists can assist you with your designs and suggest finishes that make your taxidermy displays one-of-a-kind, and set your work apart from the mundane. Each custom project is given the individual attention to detail that will insure success and a satisfied client.

McKenzie General Manager Chad Davis had high praise for the wood shop staff. Chad explained, “We pride ourselves on the experience and skill of our woodworking team. Our wood shop manager, Jimmy Robinson, has over 25 years experience in the wood business. It’s nice to have a building full of state-of-the-art equipment, but it’s the expertise of our talented team of artisans that makes the difference.”

Call or email McKenzie with the details of your custom projects and they will get you a quote right away. They will be happy to assist you with your design or answer any questions you might have. The typical lead time is only two to three weeks. When a job is quoted, McKenzie will give you a firm time frame on production.

The McKenzie wood shop will save you time, money and aggravation. One call is all it takes to make your custom creations come alive with the beauty and elegance of finely crafted wood. Watch the short video below to get the entire story.

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New Bird Bodies from Shane Smith

Every twenty years or so, a revolutionary new design comes along in taxidermy mannikins which alters the way all future mounts are constructed. With the latest offering of bird mannikins from legendary bird expert Shane Smith of Alabama, we may be witnessing this revolution in the way the taxidermists will mount birds for the next century. Shane’s mannikins allow much greater freedom of posing after the bird is put together, solve common anatomy problems, and save the taxidermist time. The techniques for assembly are slightly different from traditional bird taxidermy methods, so Shane has prepared two instructional video tutorials which are presented here for the first time.

Shane Smith is a World Champion taxidermist and has won high acclaim for his mastery of dramatic poses in mounts. His exceptional bird anatomical knowledge and experience have positioned him well to create a new design of bird body which allows for the full range of movement with the wings, legs and neck. Shane and his employees have been using this system for several years in their high-volume studio, where they have found that these new mannikins provide a much better quality finished product while shaving as much as 20 to 30 minutes off their production time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brian Noody’s 9/11 Experience

September 11, 2001 is a date that is seared into all of our collective memories. Our perception of the world can be divided into the time before that fateful day and the time that has come after it. We all have our stories of what we were doing that morning when we first heard the terrible news. My story is like many others, but World Champion taxidermist Brian Noody’s account bears repeating. Brian was working on the 77th floor of Tower 2 when Tower 1 was struck by the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, Massachusetts. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Old Lion: Akeley & Roosevelt

Winning the Taxidermist of the Year Award at the National Taxidermists Association convention has always been a top honor. Last month at the NTA convention in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, this honor was kicked up into the stratosphere by the creation of a special trophy created by sculptor Doug Eck of North Dakota. As this beautiful new trophy was introduced to the members at the NTA Awards banquet, it was clear to see that the spirit and meaning of this sculpture ran deeper than anyone could have anticipated.

The Theodore Roosevelt Lion, inspired by the work of Carl E. Akeley, sculpted by Doug Eck. This was introduced in 2015 as the trophy for the NTA Taxidermist of the Year.

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The 2015 NTA Convention

        Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid-July
        And I just hit town and my throat was dry,
        I thought I’d stop and have myself a brew.
        At an old saloon on a street of mud,
        There at a table, dealing stud,
        Sat the dirty, mangy dog that named me “Sue.”

                                                        –Johnny Cash

Well, the streets weren’t muddy, but the National Taxidermists Association hit the town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee smack-dab in the middle of July for their annual convention. Each NTA show has its own particular feel and personality, and this one was no exception. The Gatlinburg convention, which was the 44th time the NTA has gathered for a show, was jam-packed with the usual fun, camaraderie and excitement, yet it was unlike any other NTA convention before. It will go down as a unique, memorable event in the annals of NTA history. Read the rest of this entry »

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