For those of you who missed the seminar Michael P and I had, you have no earthly idea of what you missed. Sadly, no one taped it either. I had all intentions of mounting a "standard" McKenzie form of a bedded whitetail. NOTHING HAD BEEN DONE except the antlers fitted and the hide tanned. The form was still in sawn pieces. When I laid it out on the table that morning, I told Michael, that damned form just ain't big enough. Dennis pleaded with me to let him help as he swore he'd go nuts if he sat in that convention without anything to do. The smartest move I've ever made in my life was to tell him NO!. I told him he couldn't "help" us but he COULD let us help him. When he got there, from the back of the room he said, "You aren't going to mount that skin on that deer are you?" I told him we weren't even planning on mounting it and that it was his decision. He stood at the back of the room and said "Give me a minute." Then he brought out his marker and drew a vertical line on the joined form. He said, cut this in half and give me some 2 inch blocks of foam to hold it in place. Once complete, he drew a lateral line from under the tail to the neck and we "lifted the lid" on the form by another 2 inches. The most phenomenal thing I saw was that he did all of this without ever taking a single measurement on either the form or the hide. Then we prefit the hide and unlike O.J. Simpson, the hide fit like the proverbial glove. He offered me some Russian whitetail eyes and installed them. He put the jowls under the chin and the Roman nose on the form. He clayed the eyes in a dozing appearance and did things with potters clay that even ceramic shop owners couldn't imagine. This man is one of those rare few who actually has magic in his hands and anyone who sat through it had to have seen what I did. Dennis, I'll be forever grateful to you for not only turning our seminar into an extravaganza but for giving Connie's trophy of a lifetime a taxidermy job of a lifetime. Thank you.