OK, i't vent time and time to piss in a few bowls of Post Toasties. For all the good things this site had given to our industry, the one that has suddenly begun to bother me is where people who couldn't find their asses with both hands become instant icons passing out information to those who simply don't know any better. You know the syndrome, "Well, I read it on the Taxidermy Net so it must be true." Well, I hate to break the news, but this site has allowed some to rise above the level of their incompetence. Pure and simple. Many times individuals will post pictures of work that just terrible and inevitably, someone will chirp that the mount looks "great" or "super job". That's a great reason for the quality of work in this industry to look as it does. I'v always claimed that my work is "average", but after seeing some of the things out there that I've seen, I don't know if my work is that bad. Some guy asks how to remove the cases off sheep or better yet, bighorns. I simply don't understand where the problem lies. If you cut the horns off and put them in a plastic bag, by the time most of you get home from your trip, they're going to be rotted free anyway. Then you simply THROW the horns onto the floor and 9 times out of 10, the cases slip off and the skull is a slimy stinky mess that has to be cleaned up and the cores clipped. For pronghorns I'm constantly hearing "Put them in a microwave". EXCUSE ME? Pronghorn horns are modified hair just like a rhinocerous. A microwave heats from the center out. To microwave a pronghorn horns, you take a very real chance of blowing your horn up. That hair will split because something has to give inside that horn when the marrow is boiling. No one bothers to tell you "how long" or "at what heat setting". I assure you, if you leave your horns in MY microwave for 20 minutes as I heard one guy suggest, you may as well get out the cheeze and plan on eating that sucker. How many have seen, how do I make my own fleshing wheel, bird tumbler, PAPER MACHE? If you are that damned cheap or that poor, you really do need to consider another line of work. And I don't care if you DID steal the materials from your employer and use his equipment to weld them, that's TIME that can be better used in other venues. Next,it's the constant NO BRAINER: Where can I find a good source of salt? Excuse me? I mean what kind of knot head wouldn't have done that before he did lots of other things. Most anyone knows that you can buy large bags of food grade salt from Costco or SAMS or even Food Lion. You could even find a local bakery and see about buying it there Next comes the cheaper grades of salt like cattle feed stores and the Tractor Supply. How can ANYONE perform taxidermy without SALT? And if you had to buy one pound boxes, store name brands are less than 50 cents a pound. Yet once a week, sometimes twice, every week, some new guy shows up and asks that same dumbassed question. The scariest has become these home "tans". I don't care if you are Julius Caesar, if you home tan a rare and valuble animal, you're a nitwit! ANYONE who insists on tanning bears, the big 4, the grand slam, buffalo, elk, or any of those animals that cost you more than $500 to shoot is just an idiot looking for natural selection. What happens if something goes wrong??? WHAT? You screw around with a Marco Polo, a muskox, an nyala, or a grizzly bear and you don't have enough money to buy paper mache or your own fleshing machine, where in the hell are you going to get the money to buy a replacement hide? You can rest pretty assured that the hunter who took the animal can afford a good lawyer - how about you? And don't insult me by telling me that you're protected in your contract by that "Tanning is done at the owners risk.". Yeah, right! The dumbass who spilled hot coffee in her lap at McDonalds will tell you different. You can get sued for anything and on the odd chance that they win, what do you do next? Joe Kulis was sued by a lady who didn't know all her poodle's guts were removed for freezedrying. SHE WON! Luckly, Joe accepted a TV offer from some washed up hack of a judge, but had it been in real life, it CAN HAPPEN. As I posted in another thread, I have the customer sign the contract stating that I"m sending his hide out to a commercial venture to be tanned and I have no responsibility until that hide is returned to me. I've insulated myself a bit, but I'm STILL capable of being sued. Now I feel better. Especially knowing that some of you will never admit to having some of those ugly babies yourself.