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Title: Sunday morning questions(SMQ's) part 50
Post by: Rick Krane on February 04, 2007, 02:25:45 AM
Week 50

Good Sunday to you all!

I want to put a real big thank you out there for all of the folks over the past year that have taken the time to participate and to read the SMQs! Your knowledge and contribution have been out standing to so many! There will be 2more entries to the SMQs so I hope to see you here for the last 2.

I sure hope this week's contribution of fish food for thought shares some entertainment and knowledge for you.

I thank you and WASCO for letting me share in my passion "FISH! As long as you keep answering the questions, I will keep writing them.

So with out further ado! Lets Get the morning stared to a new week with some fish taxidermy talk! The good people at WASCO give us the free opportunity here to share information so we can be better-informed taxidermist! So in the spirit of WASCO generosity we share freely with each other!
 
Answer what you can!


1.) Give a few reasons why you should not give volume discounts to customers... Or should you?

2.) What was the very best Taxidermy convention you ever attended and why? Tell us what was it that made the convention so special for you.

3.) In today's world of Taxidermy what is more important to you (not your customer) delivery time, price or quality?

4.) Finish this thought...
If I could have more work to do I could make more money.
If I could deliver on my work with the year I could make more money.
If I could charge more money for my work I could make more money.
Which one of the above best describes your business? 1, 2 or all of them?

5.) Which one of the thoughts in the above question 4 do you think is the hardest and the easiest to change in your favor? How did you come to this choice?

6.) What would you think you would need to become a taxidermist today? What are the most important aspects of getting into taxidermy as a business or a hobby that one needs to know before getting started?

7.) What is the one most import lessons you learned in taxidermy that you are reminded of daily or truly sticks out in your mind? Did it make you a better taxidermist?

8.) If you could give some one advice who is thinking of going in going in the taxidermy industry as a business what would you say to encourage or discourage someone wanting to get in to the taxidermy world?

9.) What doest it cost to join a taxidermy association and attend a show? Is the value worth the expense? Tell how you benefit and why you would or would not do it again.

Bonus Question
10.) What kind of music or entertainment to you listen to when you work? What does it do for you?  

From beginners to the seasoned pro's every one contributes and all benefit from your great experiences!

My Best and have fun with this!

Rick Krane
Anglers Artistry
312 Chesterfield Rd
Hinsdale, NH 03451
603.336.7296

Title: Re: Sunday morning questions(SMQ's) part 50
Post by: JasonMoe on February 04, 2007, 03:30:49 AM
Thanks Rick for setting this up.                       Go Chicago BEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!                        I had to try this marquee thing out

1.I would give a discount if they want a multiple fish mount.
2.never been to one
3.Quality-always
4.If I could have more work to do.
5.hardest-charging more, alot of competition and tight wad norwegians,,,I'm 1/2 viking so I know..thats what my dad said anyway
   easiest-more work, I don't advertise that much because I do taxidermy part-time and love spending time with my family and going fishing myself.
6.A nice paint booth. So I can paint fish in the winter.  Maybe a 12 foot extension on my shop for it. #2 part, it takes alot of practice and free time.
7.Basic fish anatomy and REALISM....YES
8.If I did taxidermy full-time, I would need to mount other things besides fish.  Deer heads are huge here.  I love fish taxidermy because of the art and all the various skillls needed.
9.No idea
10.I listen to all music.  Sometimes if it's really raining outside, just the sound of the the storms is nice. On sundays I have the football games on.  Go BEARS!!   Most of the time i'm listening to the baby monitor at night when my wife is sleeping.  Sometimes my brother and some friends come over late night and we play the board game RISK and shoot the crap all night and solve all the worlds problems.
Title: Re: Sunday morning questions(SMQ's) part 50
Post by: Burrows on February 04, 2007, 03:32:16 AM
Hey there Rick.  I am currently becoming a taxidermist but i'll give it a shot.

1. In my personal opinion I would not give a volume discount to customers because once you lower your prices you could be undercutting yourself and too much work for such little profit (if any)
2. Never been to one, but will be at the World Show in April.
3. The most important thing to me is quality.
4. All of them.
5. Number 3 would be the hardest to change, Number 2 the easiest.  On number 3 you could always change raise your prices but the customer might not want to pay that much therefore your losing business and number 2 you could sacrifice quality for quantity and fast delivery.
6. Good training, lots of paitence, being able to know anatomy.  Reference pictures!
7. Look at your refernce pictures, they can't steer you wrong.  Yes it is making me a better taxidermist.
8. Treat every customers animal as a trophy, it means something to them that's why they brought it to you, take your time and make it the best.
9. I have not been to one so I do not know.
10. I listen to country when I am painting because it calms me down and helps me relax.  I listen to Rock or Rap while skinning/mounting just to keep my hyped up.
Title: Re: Sunday morning questions(SMQ's) part 50
Post by: Frank E. Kotula on February 04, 2007, 05:54:54 AM
1.) Give a few reasons why you should not give volume discounts to customers... Or should you?
I never pass out discounts on multiple fish. I don't get any discounts on two or three pair of eyes and it still takes me the same amount of time for each fish. I don't like to discount myself.

2.) What was the very best Taxidermy convention you ever attended and why? The World Show. Simple put all the folks you meet there.
Tell us what was it that made the convention so special for you. You meet so many folks from around the world and now you can put a face to the name.

3.) In today's world of Taxidermy what is more important to you (not your customer) delivery time, price or quality?  Quality

4.) Finish this thought...
If I could have more work to do I could make more money.
If I could deliver on my work with the year I could make more money.
If I could charge more money for my work I could make more money.
Which one of the above best describes your business? 1, 2 or all of them? 3 would be mine. Again to many folks like to play cut throat and think there making money doing cheap work. Then they are three to fours years behind on work and never get to play LOL.

5.) Which one of the thoughts in the above question 4 do you think is the hardest and the easiest to change in your favor? How did you come to this choice? Answered in 4

6.) What would you think you would need to become a taxidermist today? My advice would be knowledge is the key. Learn the business part of this. Don't treat it as a hobby.
 What are the most important aspects of getting into taxidermy as a business or a hobby that one needs to know before getting started?
Lear what it takes to run a business........ So many do this with out learning how to run a business. If your better part pays for most of the bills in your household then you have no idea on how to run it. Try this take what they put into the house and put it away. How much do you make to pay the bills your family needs to survive? If you can't pay more than half of the bills then guess what? It's time either to raise your prices or close up and flip burgers. You can make more doing that per hour.

7.) What is the one most import lessons you learned in taxidermy that you are reminded of daily or truly sticks out in your mind? Learn to be humble but I didn't learn that through taxidermy but life is to short.
Did it make you a better taxidermist? Always

8.) If you could give some one advice who is thinking of going in going in the taxidermy industry as a business what would you say to encourage or discourage someone wanting to get in to the taxidermy world? Knowledge on how to do your work and the business part of it.

9.) What doest it cost to join a taxidermy association and attend a show? Maybe $100.00
Is the value worth the expense? Yes
Tell how you benefit and why you would or would not do it again. Going to all the seminars is worth the cost in itself. Then meeting different folks and talking about what else taxidermy.

Bonus Question
10.) What kind of music or entertainment to you listen to when you work? All kinds except rap. punk
What does it do for you? Keeps me motivated.

Title: Re: Sunday morning questions(SMQ's) part 50
Post by: joe simmons on February 04, 2007, 09:16:01 AM
1.) Give a few reasons why you should not give volume discounts to customers... Or should you? i don't unless they have at least three pieces then i knock a few bucks off , does not have to be much .

2.) What was the very best Taxidermy convention you ever attended and why? Tell us what was it that made the convention so special for you.  the world show in 03' i met my mentor and great friend Frank Kotula who has been i great inspiration to me 

3.) In today's world of Taxidermy what is more important to you (not your customer) delivery time, price or quality? quality all the way

4.) Finish this thought...
If I could have more work to do I could make more money.
If I could deliver on my work with the year I could make more money.
If I could charge more money for my work I could make more money.
Which one of the above best describes your business? 1, 2 or all of them? right now it is 1, but hopefully it will be three down the road

5.) Which one of the thoughts in the above question 4 do you think is the hardest and the easiest to change in your favor? How did you come to this choice?charge more money to many cheapo taxidermist around that keeps you from making what you should. 

6.) What would you think you would need to become a taxidermist today? What are the most important aspects of getting into taxidermy as a business or a hobby that one needs to know before getting started? knowledge of the business end and then artistic ability

7.) What is the one most import lessons you learned in taxidermy that you are reminded of daily or truly sticks out in your mind? Did it make you a better taxidermist? learniing to alter for sizes and poses

8.) If you could give some one advice who is thinking of going in going in the taxidermy industry as a business what would you say to encourage or discourage someone wanting to get in to the taxidermy world?make sure they have the knoledge and this does not happen over night patiance

9.) What doest it cost to join a taxidermy association and attend a show? Is the value worth the expense? Tell how you benefit and why you would or would not do it again.depends on what you take and hoe long you attend , attending all the seminars and talking with all the greats

Bonus Question
10.) What kind of music or entertainment to you listen to when you work? What does it do for you? pure country keeps  me focused

Title: Re: Sunday morning questions(SMQ's) part 50
Post by: Pescado on February 04, 2007, 10:06:14 AM
 1.) I usually stick to my NO DISCOUNT policy, but have made exceptions in the past. In some unique situations I will discount jobs. One that comes to mind was a stringer mount of perch for a guy from GA. I figured if he was willing to go through the trouble of getting the fish to me and getting them back, I could knock a few bucks off the job. I have since done several other fish for the same person at my regular charges. Nothing should ever be "Set in Stone".

2.)  The 1997 WTC was by far the best for me. It was my first competition outside of Michigan. I'll I could think was WOW! I'll never forget the experience. One of the best memories from the show or best thing learned was watching Mike Orthober's seminar on painting. He was a wizard with the airbrush, which was a newly introduced OMNI 6000, He was also using Wildlife Colors waterbased paints. I think my jaw hit my bellybutton as I watched how easily he painted the smallest of details. I had been STRUGGLING with my Paasche VL for almost ten years, and now my struggle was over.  The bass I took there was the only bass I have ever done for competition and was mostly painted with a artist brush (see photo).

3.) QUALITY  and that's all I got to say about that.

4.) I would have to say " If I could deliver on my work, within a year, I could get more work"  It's not about the money, it's "The love of the game"  I think I heard that somewhere recently.

5.) Charging more would be the easiest and One year delivery would be the hardest.

6.) If I was to start today I would like a healthy savings account to get me through the tough years of building a clientele.

7.) Not worrying about "The other Guy". This is true in Taxidermy and my Outfitters business. In both I strive to give a product that would be pleasing to myself if I was the customer, at a "reasonable price".

8.) I guess my advice would be for any career, "You have to Love what you do". Money can't buy happiness, I know some miserable people who are very wealthy. I'll take a meager income and enjoy what I'm doing over a six figure income anyday.

9.) A good general $ figure would be $150.00 not counting lodging. Even adding $300.00 for lodging you still can't go wrong with attending. Just the seminars, here in Michigan are worth all of that. Then throw in the fellowship, suppliers area, competition and banquet, you really can not go wrong.

10.) I always listened to classic rock in the past, but after spending a few months in the wilderness every year in peace and quiet, I am finding myself listening to the radio or CD player less each year. 
Title: Re: Sunday morning questions(SMQ's) part 50
Post by: WilliamHansen on February 04, 2007, 11:18:58 AM
1.) I do give a small break on two or three fish from one person brought in at the same time. As far as a VOLUME discount, I would only consider that going to a resort or outfitter that sends LOTS of customers my way.

2.) My first show, Green Bay 2005. I could not believe the number of QUALITY mounts assembled in one place.I thought my work was fairly good until then. I realized how far I had to go.

3.) Quality

4.) If I could charge more for the work I'm doing. But that is my fault- I started out with prices too low and have been raising them each year.

5.) More work would probably be the hardest- There are several quality shops in my area and the job market is depressed.

6.) I started in 2004 and went full time right away- only because my wife had a good job! You will not make money right away in this business or any business. If you do get into taxidermy to make money- RUN IT AS A BUSINESS. And expect it to take some time.

7.) Reference- learn how to use it. Then your realism comes with it. I'm still learning how to read it.

8.) See #6

9.) I belong to the Wisconsin and Michigan Associations and the NTA. Well worth the money to attend a show, no matter the size. The seminars I've seen are worth the admission price alone. Went to the Sioux Falls show in 2005- spent  about $600 on gas, food, and hotels. Money well spent.

!0.) I have a DVD-VCR player in my shop and put in movies that I've already seen just for the backround noise. If I put in a movie I haven't seen, I tend to watch it and not get any work done! My current favorites are Kill Bill 1&2- I love the soundtrack!
Title: Re: Sunday morning questions(SMQ's) part 50
Post by: Todd B on February 04, 2007, 12:12:11 PM
1.) Give a few reasons why you should not give volume discounts to customers... Or should you?
I would like to say I never give discounts on multiple fish, But that would be a lie.  I have when a friend had 4 fish for me.

2.) What was the very best Taxidermy convention you ever attended and why? Tell us what was it that made the convention so special for you.
I think the first World Show I went to.  It was just so inspiring to see the awesome work.  It made me want to do better.

3.) In today's world of Taxidermy what is more important to you (not your customer) delivery time, price or quality? Quality.

4.) Finish this thought...
If I could have more work to do I could make more money.
If I could deliver on my work with the year I could make more money.
If I could charge more money for my work I could make more money.
Which one of the above best describes your business? 1, 2 or all of them?
If I could deliver on my work with the year I could make more money.
If I could charge more money for my work I could make more money.

5.) Which one of the thoughts in the above question 4 do you think is the hardest and the easiest to change in your favor? How did you come to this choice? Delivery is the hardest for me.  I have a fulltime day job and some nights I just do not feel like putting in an extra 6 or 7 hours.

6.) What would you think you would need to become a taxidermist today? What are the most important aspects of getting into taxidermy as a business or a hobby that one needs to know before getting started?  Artistic ability and patience

7.) What is the one most import lessons you learned in taxidermy that you are reminded of daily or truly sticks out in your mind? Did it make you a better taxidermist? A very good taxidermist and close friend once told me this.
"You are only as good a taxidermist as the mistakes you can fix"  Yes it has helped tremendously. 

8.) If you could give some one advice who is thinking of going in going in the taxidermy industry as a business what would you say to encourage or discourage someone wanting to get in to the taxidermy world?  Make sure you have something to fall back on.  Education is still important.

9.) What doest it cost to join a taxidermy association and attend a show? Is the value worth the expense? Tell how you benefit and why you would or would not do it again.  I will spend about $400.00 for my state association convention.  I believe it is worth it.  I have benefitted from the many friends I have made and small tips they may do on a mount that I never thought of.

Bonus Question
10.) What kind of music or entertainment to you listen to when you work? What does it do for you?
I listen to some country and some pop music.  It helps me focus on the job at hand.



Title: Re: Sunday morning questions(SMQ's) part 50
Post by: Jimmy Lawrence on February 04, 2007, 01:53:16 PM
Hey, Rick.   Ill give your questions a try....

1.) I'm new, but to me, your still doing the same amount of work on each piece, so why compromise the cost?

2.) I haven't been to that many, but the one that has stuck into my mind was the 2005 Iowa show. I got to see what level everyone else's work was at, and where mine needed to be.  I learned a lot from some of the people there, and learned a little about how it all worked.

3.) That is a triple threat I think.  You need to have a quick turnaround so Joe will keep coming back.  Also your price needs to reflect your work ,and quality right along with it.

4.)
If I could have more work to do I could make more money.


5.) To me its the one I picked.  I don't know how you can make people catch a fish that they want mounted. lol.  Might sound a little stupid, but thats my input.

6.) TIME &PATIENCE.  Never start thinking you know all you need to know.  You always can learn more.  Go into this field with an open mind.

7.) There are a few quotes I recently heard that have greatly effected the way I run my shop.  One " I understand your problem, but I understand mine better".  To me it makes sense in what we do.

8.)

9.) What doest it cost to join a taxidermy association and attend a show? Is the value worth the expense? Tell how you benefit and why you would or would not do it again.

Bonus Question
10.) I recently got threatened that If I didn't wake up, they would crank on the AC-DC and we would be there all night!!!LOL.  I like something upbeat.  Rock is nice.

Title: Re: Sunday morning questions(SMQ's) part 50
Post by: AndyO on February 04, 2007, 03:08:17 PM
In an attempt to be more positive I will give this weeks SMQ's a go:


1.) No discounts! Give a guy a break and soon his friends will expect the same discount. It's a vicious, never ending, cycle.

2.) 2005 World Show in Springfield Illinois-- because I only had to drive three hours to get there ;D That particular show opened my eyes to what is possable if you use your imagination and think outside the box.

3.) Quality is always #1! I can stand to lose my butt off on a job knowing what I put out the door meets "my" quality standards. Time is second because I strive to have all work done by the end of May so I have time for my summertime passion (dirtbikes).

4.) Definitely "If I could charge more money for my work I could make more money." but add onto the sentence by saying: ...and take in less work.

5.) ??? I'm pretty satisfied on how my part time operation is running now.

6.) One needs to know if they actually like doing commercial taxidermy before they invest the time and money into opening a studio. A business class or two wouldn't hurt either.

7.) No matter how good you "think" you are there is always someone better.

8.) See Question 6

9.) Cost me $50 to join the NTA. This is the first taxidermy related organization I've joined. Never competed but will be entering a few pieces in the World Show and NTA convention. I can tell you the coupons the NTA sends to members paid for my dues! Not a bad deal if I say so myself.

Bonus Question

10.) Satelite radio is a wonderful thing! I listen to whatever I'm in the mood for-- mostly sports radio, comedy, but also enjoy classical music quite a bit when I'm reading or concentrating on reference and such.
Title: Re: Sunday morning questions(SMQ's) part 50
Post by: Jeff Lumsden on February 04, 2007, 08:45:38 PM
Rick-
During halftime Ill pick a few questions that spark my interests to share.
3) Quality is my answer. But that means a higher price for my attention and then delivery time usually takes a back seat.
7) I'm hopelessly reminded daily that the awesome beauty of nature just as it is, is humbling enough. 
10) Music is one of several things that provides me with inspiration. Depending on my mood, I feed off of  Pink Floyd, , Rush, Eric Clapton, REM, Foo fighters, the Cult, Bruce Cockburn, Joni Mitchell, Allman bros, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Niel Young, to get stirred.
Title: Re: Sunday morning questions(SMQ's) part 50
Post by: longbow on February 04, 2007, 11:21:12 PM
Rick in the little more than six months I have been coming to this site I have had the privilege of gathering information from some of the greatest taxidermy enthusiasts and practitioners alive today! I hope that this Sunday morning tradition will carry on after the next two weeks because there are still so many questions left unanswered. I am so far behind the taxidermists of today I don't think I have much to offer as far as usable information but I'm pedalling as fast as I can trying to catch up so here goes but I can't promise any truly usable information.

1) I would give a volume discount if a customer wanted a group mounting all at the same time, but not because they had given me more than one mount over a period of time. This way you don't get a reputation for cutting even your own prices.

2)Have never had the opportunity.

3)Quality should always be foremost in your business ethic, you will never find the feeling of success in turning out mediocre work.

4)Right now I would say, if I could deliver on my work, I could make more money. For some reason unbeknown to me I find it difficult to work on the kitchen table, I can't wait for the good weather so I can get back to work on the shop.

5)If I could speed up my turn around time would probably be the easiest to do and charging more would be the most difficult as plant closures have really devastated the area around me.

6)It doesn't matter when your getting into taxidermy you need access to a never ending source of reference,then you need the ability to translate that reference into an exceptional mount so you will need good hand and eye coordination.

7)I have learned over the last while to be humble cause there is gonna come a day when you find that your voice can't be heard in the crowd.

8)I would tell them to find their niche in the industry and pursue it. I had a trainee once that could make a bird or a mammal look like it had been backcombed with a hay rake, one day he caught a fish and proceeded to mount it, carved body, paint work everything, finished it and made my stuff look like an amateur!

9)A subject I know nothing about.

10)Alabama, Allison Krause, David Allan Coe, actually whatever I grab off the shelf but mostly western and no rap or hip-hop I listen to music I understand, it helps me mellow out when I'm getting irritable and then I can focus on the job at hand.
Title: Re: Sunday morning questions(SMQ's) part 50
Post by: GBRUCH on February 05, 2007, 09:21:10 AM
Wow. been a while since I hav replied here---I will give some input for old time sake.

1.) Give a few reasons why you should not give volume discounts to customers... Or should you?

I would give a volume discount.  The discount would fall within the amount of time(money) saved in not dealing with multiple clients.  1 client with 5 fish would save me a least 4 hours of time(not dealing with 5 clients individually) so I could pass on a discount relavent to the time saved.  This is the same way I look at wholesale work.


2.) What was the very best Taxidermy convention you ever attended and why? Tell us what was it that made the convention so special for you.

The first one.  That was PA 1995(I think).  I didn't enter anything but was amazed at the abilities of all the taxidermists.


3.) In today's world of Taxidermy what is more important to you (not your customer) delivery time, price or quality?

Quality for the dollars spent, followed very,very, close by delivery time.  I am weak in meeting my delivery deadlines but pla to take action to ensure this iis corrected.  I have been told that Zimmermans have a delivery time of 6 months and never miss it.  I believe that is a fundamental key in the success of their operation. 


4.) Finish this thought...
If I could have more work to do I could make more money.
If I could deliver on my work with the year I could make more money.
If I could charge more money for my work I could make more money.
Which one of the above best describes your business? 1, 2 or all of them?

Probably number 3.  but I truly believe if I could get my return time down to 6 months(I think should be an industry standard) from the normal 8-10 months, I would see  higher profit numbers.  I just need to  do more work and stay off the phone....lol. 


5.) Which one of the thoughts in the above question 4 do you think is the hardest and the easiest to change in your favor? How did you come to this choice?

Number 3-----That darn phone is the hardest and probably the easiest fix.  A former student shared with me his secret formula to success you need a finder, minder, and a grinder.  I can handle the last two but the finder part(receptionist/secretary) is tough for me. 


6.) What would you think you would need to become a taxidermist today? What are the most important aspects of getting into taxidermy as a business or a hobby that one needs to know before getting started?

It seems to me not much to become a taxidermist---most of the hard stuff is done for you.  Now to become a taxidermist in my view point you need a vast array of knowledge especially anatomy.  Part two mentions business and as such you need to know how to make money or you will fail.  In my experience (we have discussed this RicK)  you need to know and understand material,labor,profit,and overhead.  If you don't know these your at a high risk of practicing an expensive hobby.



7.) What is the one most import lessons you learned in taxidermy that you are reminded of daily or truly sticks out in your mind? Did it make you a better taxidermist?

reference is the key


8.) If you could give some one advice who is thinking of going in going in the taxidermy industry as a business what would you say to encourage or discourage someone wanting to get in to the taxidermy world?

refer to question 6 and remember your customer base is no longer in your neighborhood thanks to the web. 



9.) What doest it cost to join a taxidermy association and attend a show? Is the value worth the expense? Tell how you benefit and why you would or would not do it again.

In the begining it is of great value(learning) in most states.   It loses value(learning) in my eyes as you develop your skills.    Now having said this there is no price or value on the relationships the shows foster but if you truly have a relationship than you certainly would connect with those individuals throughout the year.  This brings me back to the phone again---lol.    I would do it all over again but often encourage students from small states to attend bigger shows to supplement the knowledge that can(notice I said "can") be lacking at the smaller venues. 

Bonus Question
10.) What kind of music or entertainment to you listen to when you work? What does it do for you?

Well, I generally(85% of the time)  listen to the radio---The local Christian station.  However, I sometimes  have been known to do a bit of headbangin in the shop--sorry it is in my blood.   
Currently the CD in my player is  TheTalking Heads and before that I think it was Korn. 

I remember why I don't do this much----That took a long time.  I am off to work.
Title: Monday morning answers...
Post by: Chad See on February 05, 2007, 09:55:08 AM
Yesterday was busy, so I will chime in today if that is alright.  Thanks Rick for all of your time you put into making this a great thing for everyone.  We appreciate all you do!

1.) Give a few reasons why you should not give volume discounts to customers... Or should you?

1.) For the most part, I dont do discounts of any kind.  There are exceptions, but very few. Material cost remains the same and time involved is too.  If all the fish that are brought in are of the same species, then I can see a discount as I would not be switching paints and mind sets as much.  If all the species are different, it is hard to give that discount.  I have found that my best clients dont ask for or expect discounts; however they are the ones that I like to give one to as sort of a "thanks" for all the work they bring me. 

2.) What was the very best Taxidermy convention you ever attended and why? Tell us what was it that made the convention so special for you.

2.) I would have to say that the OATS show last year was my personal favorite.  I got my first 2 blue ribbons and both of those were also best of categories.  :)  That was the high point for myself so far.  The downside to that was that my wife was unable to attend with me and didnt get to share in my excitement.  :(

3.) In today's world of Taxidermy what is more important to you (not your customer) delivery time, price or quality?

3.)  Quality is my number one goal.  Here is how I view it.  If you do the best work out there, people will pay the price and they will wait to get it.  That tells me that you must first have quality then the price (income) will follow.  You will also not have impatient clients as they know that what they are getting is worth the time it takes you to do it.  So I feel quality is of the utmost importance. 

I saw a sign once that I feel really sums it up:

You can get it done good and cheap, but it wont be fast.
You can get it done fast and cheap, but it wont be good.
You can get it done fast and good, but it wont be cheap. 

I think that is somewhat fitting. 

4.) Finish this thought...
If I could have more work to do I could make more money.
If I could deliver on my work with the year I could make more money.
If I could charge more money for my work I could make more money.
Which one of the above best describes your business? 1, 2 or all of them?

4.  Has to be number one for me.  If I had more work, I obviously would bring in more money.  I get my work completed within a year as it is so that is not an issue.  If I had more work and was overly backlogged, I would raise my rates to get my workload manageable and still be able to make the profits I want. 

5.) Which one of the thoughts in the above question 4 do you think is the hardest and the easiest to change in your favor? How did you come to this choice?

5.)  I think getting the work in is the hardest, or at least it is for me.  I do quality work, but so many people dont know what that is.  I get the guys looking for quality, but so many are just price shoppers.  If I could get more people in my shop to view my work, I have no doubt I would get more of their work.  Turnaround time is easy to fix as you just have to be able to schedule your work.  Make yourself get this stuff done!  Price is easy to.  You set the prices.... if you are not making enough, raise them!

6.) What would you think you would need to become a taxidermist today? What are the most important aspects of getting into taxidermy as a business or a hobby that one needs to know before getting started?

6.) Get the right education.  If you want to succeed as a full time shop, get yourself some business background.  Then get yourself the best training you can afford.  First you need to learn what makes good taxidermy, then find the school that teaches you to achieve that.  Obviously you must possess a creative mind and talent sure doesnt hurt anything, but buy the best education you can afford.  Schools are great, but private one on one teaching just may very well be better. 

7.) What is the one most import lessons you learned in taxidermy that you are reminded of daily or truly sticks out in your mind? Did it make you a better taxidermist?

7.) Have to agree with Gary on this one..... REFERENCE is the most important aspect of taxidermy.  You can not recreate what you dont understand.  To understand it, you must have pictures, live reference, casts, and any other form of reference you can imagine.  That will make you better for sure. 

8.) If you could give some one advice who is thinking of going in going in the taxidermy industry as a business what would you say to encourage or discourage someone wanting to get in to the taxidermy world?

8.)  Do not think that it is as easy as going to school and being a taxidermist.  Getting to be full time takes time.  You must have a knowledge to run a business and you must be able to put food on the table while getting your shop up and running.  Above all, dont forget your family.  This business takes time and you have to be sure that you dont let it consume you to the point of forgetting all of those who helped you out along the way.  Keep a good balance and pay your dues and you can make this industry work for you, but you have to be willing to ride out the rough times. 

9.) What doest it cost to join a taxidermy association and attend a show? Is the value worth the expense? Tell how you benefit and why you would or would not do it again.

9.)  The monetary cost is so little compared to all you gain.  What is a few hundred dollars compared to a lifetime of knowledge.  I have made friends that have helped me so much.  I have also seen seminars that taught me things that I will never forget and they have made me better.  I have also been critiqued by judges who only want to see my work get better.  It is the little things you take away that make the cost SO WORTH WHILE! 
Bonus Question
10.) What kind of music or entertainment to you listen to when you work? What does it do for you?

10.)  I listen to anything, but find myself listening to mostly country.  In all reality, it is only background noise because when I am focused, nothing registers in my head other than what I am working on.  Have to be carefull and not let the music distract from what you are working on. 
Title: Re: Sunday morning questions(SMQ's) part 50
Post by: Rick Krane on February 05, 2007, 10:17:50 AM
Im so happy and pleased to see so many great folks old friends and new on here this week. There is 2 weeks left and I want to thank every one again! WOW so many great answers this week! Good to see old friends like GB and even Jeff Lumsden! I was waiting for Jeff to tune in! So many good friends and great people we have all got to share with over the past year! I must say our good friend Dave (Longbow) has been missed and glad to see him back with us! Big thanks and well done goes out to Chad, Jimmy (vinny), Todd, Paul B (thanks for the cool picture BTW) William, Joe S, Mike B (Welcome on Board), Jason, and our good friend Frank K! Well the questions this week will be good and dont miss the last week it will be special.

I thank you all for sharing so much with all of us on here to make each and every one of us that much better!

Rick Krane
Anglers Artsitry