This is a tutorial for creating a forest floor … more specifically … the forest floor created for the mount “Family Tree.” I created the base work after the three main subjects of this piece were mounted, and finished. They included a papa, momma, and baby Fox Squirrels, in and around a “tree” … thus the name “Family Tree”. The base was built using a commercially available casement, purchased at the time, from WASCO. In fact, most of the supplies that went into the creation of the piece were purchased through WASCO. These included the 20" x 24" walnut framed base, 2-part liquid urethane foam, and brown and black powdered acrylic pigments. In the first photo, notice the tree had been positioned on a separate board and secured into place with a couple of drywall screws. This “platform” was then secured to the sub floor of the base. Notice too, the plastic bag secured around the adult male Squirrel’s tail to keep it free from the foam and other ingredients used in this project. To protect the top inner edge of the casement, as well as the channel that will support the Acrylic case, clear cellophane shipping tape was evenly applied all around the edge and upper perimeter of the inside of the casement. Also shown here are the paper mixing cups – from Sam’s Club – used to measure out equal amounts of part A and B liquid urethane foam. The larger paper cups are used for the actual mixing of the two parts. Here the dry powdered pigment is measured – “by eye” – and added to the clearest part of the foam. After thoroughly mixing the powder into the foam, the second half is poured and the two parts are now thoroughly mixed. The now pre-colored foam is poured into its place on the base. As the foam rises, I use a large wooden craft stick to spread the rising foam. This does two things. Obviously, it spreads the foam, but it also breaks the surface decreasing the overall rise to the foam! A good method of control here! Wearing the rubber gloves becomes apparent here … I am able to press the rising foam firmly to the base, and also shape the foam with my hands, creating a nice uneven ground “profile”. Here you can see the importance of keeping the big guy’s tail wrapped and clean! The entire ground surface is complete, and ready for the next steps. John.