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Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by James Parrish, Sep 18, 2006.
I thought this would be a good compliment to the artificial vs real head poll.
I only ever see mallards, wood ducks and Canadian geese so I normally have the catalog bought bodies in a box under the workbench. Find the right size and move on. I think it was in the old forum that some one labeled this snap together taxidermy. LOL
I voted other as I can related to all of the choices..
I wrap bodies when I am out of foam
I have mold for the most common forms which I pour myself
If I'm just mounting one per year, I'm not against purchasing a large form for something like a swan or crane
Turkey forms are more econmical to purchace vs making your own
Raptors and those tiny little things I usually just carve myself... it's quicker and the foam is sturdier...
so basically it all just depends on my needs for that particular bird...
Ditto to what Jon said.
Turkeys,swans,peacocks I buy. Ducks and geese I pour my own, Pennies for a duck bodie and no back order....
Simple enough to make fibre glass 2 part molds from carcass or carved and they last forever....
Sounds like Kiwi's words.........
I buy all commercial. Don't have the time or knowledge for wrapping, carving or pouring bodies.
90% of the time I use Stefan Savides' bodies and a Foredom tool and I will wrap my own the remaining 10 % of the time.
I wrap my bodies, except for flying geese, turkeys, and other huge heavy birds (they get commercial foam bodies). However, I would really like to get into pouring my own bodies someday......
I buy mine from another taxidermist. I give him driftwood and he gives me the bodies and casts the heads I need. Or I will buy commercial
typically on small birds I'll either carve foam, or wrap body. medium to large I'll use commercial if available, if not carve/wrap. turkeys/geese/sandhills commercial. I think i missed the other poll, but i typically use commercial heads on waterfowl, natural on upland. sometimes use natural on waterfowl either b/c I'm out, or jsut don't feel like ordering
I will normally use a commerically produced foam body but do not use the foam neck's. I wrap all of my own.
I use a combination of commercially produced foam forms and wrap some of my own, I do which ever I need to do to get the fit and pose I need.
I make a template off the body, and carve my own from the blue flotation billets.
I carve my own, cast my own, and use premade bodies...
New at the latter 2... but so fun.