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Turkey Fan Tail, 100% Fat & Meat Free

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by Mr.T, May 2, 2009.

  1. Lisa M

    Lisa M Swing like no one is watching...lol

    LOL! That's funny there sunshine! ;)
  2. Great job!! You made that look easy, thanks for putting this tutorial together ;)

  3. thatguyonline

    thatguyonline winnie the pooh


    The tuts should be restricted to those under 500 posts. ::)
  4. GWebb

    GWebb Well-Known Member

    That wouldn't stop anyone with some of the power posters that are around here.
  5. disabled

    disabled Active Member

    thank you john
  6. Lenny

    Lenny New Member


    What does the amount of post have to do with anything? There are people on here that have been in the taxidermy field for years but just got on the taxi net. People should be judged by the number of post they have but the knowledge they have.
    Your 13 or 14 years old with going on 1000 post and you want to stop someone with 30 or 40 years as a taxidermist but only 100 post. I would like to see them drop the number of post you have. That would cut the BS by 50%.
  7. Becky P

    Becky P One must believe the glass is half full.

    BUT the ones that try it and fail, and there will be some, won't complain about the prices when they come to you. I've had that happen a lot with skulls, they try it themselvers and either decide it's too much work, too gross, or screw it up, then I look good ;)
  8. Critter

    Critter New Member

    T that looks great, and i love the idea of 100% meat free. Looks like i no longer need my borax
  9. torque10

    torque10 touch me and see what happens

    tx this will help next time i get a nice tom
  10. mbullism

    mbullism New Member

    Thanks for taking the time, T... I'm no Taxidermist, but I'd boraxed and bondo'd a couple fans of my own some time back, and wanted a better method to make a tail to use on decoys. Didn't have to be pretty, but couldn't risk the boraxed in the rain, etc. This method works awesome, and I actually was able to put them back together pretty well, if I do say so myself. If I ever do another fan for myself, it will be this way-

    Oh, and the tail slays Tom's, so as far as losing customers...with any luck the tail will be generating a full mount job for the guy that does my taxi work ;)
  11. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    Good article. This is how I have been doing my tails for over a decade now. Well worth the time and trouble IMO.
  12. Gobblingfever

    Gobblingfever 100% PEER GOBBLER ADDICTION!!!!

    Meat free. Needs some cleaining attention but you already noted that. I personally think the feathers are spread a bit to far apart but great tutorial at the least.
  13. alan webfoot

    alan webfoot New Member

    ;)I do all myturkey tails that way pheasants too
  14. I'm glad I found this website . It has some great info. I use to do the fan mount by cleaning and bondo ,man did that suck. MR. T tutorial is awesome . I did 4 fan mounts and it was a piece of cake. Thanks [​IMG] [​IMG]
  15. csmingler

    csmingler New Member

    awesome tutorial, will try it this way next time. thank you
  16. brudaman340

    brudaman340 New Member

    I did one of my turkeys like that and it came out awesome it was my first time doing one and i wont do it any other way. Its really not that hard to do just have to pay attention and take your time and if you have the time it will come out great.
  17. buckmaster14

    buckmaster14 Sometimes you get lucky...

    Can anyone tell me exactly what to do with the secondary feathers and the back feathers? Are these seperated and cleaned the same way the primary feathers are, or do you do something different? Also, how do you make the base of the fan where you glue everything together as thin as possible?
  18. DTSkulls

    DTSkulls Member

    I have a fan i did earlier in the season using borax salt to dry. I know there is plenty of meat left on the fan that has dried due to the salt. Would it be possible to some how un-dry the fan and re-do following the method above?
  19. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    Absolutely! Just soak it in water for half a day or more, then run your sharp knife into the butt, between the quills, it may not by fully hydrated, but soft enough to get a knife into.
  20. DTSkulls

    DTSkulls Member

    took your advice and followed the method above...fan turned out great and only took less than an hour! Trying to do a fan and wing mount, so when I get done will try to post a pic. THanks for a great, easy method.