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Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Bobbi Meyer, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Bobbi Meyer

    Bobbi Meyer I luv to ride my tricycle, I luv to ride my trike

    Even as a "professional" and I use that term loosely, :D when mounting deer there are still places that I have trouble with.
    Just wondered if I am the only one, or if other folks have a "weak" area?
    I always seem to have trouble getting my eyes to look how I want them.
    who else has a problem area?
  2. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

    Yep, sure do. Eyes, nose, ear butts, ear placement, Can NEVER totally satisfy a judge. After 15 years of trying, one would think a smart guy would just give up. But I ain't never been accused of being smart! So, I just keep going back for more abuse! LOL

  3. Ted B

    Ted B Active Member

    Ear butts drive me nuts, and I refuse to use that snap on Eppley stuff (not to knock Brad Eppley's stuff)
  4. Sewing. I have mounted countless deer and my hardest part still is sewing. End product looks good, but the mental anguish is hell. :mad:
  5. TNdeer

    TNdeer Member

    Pretty much anything from the neck up... and my briskets suck too.

    The more I learn, the worse my work looks to me.
  6. buckstop

    buckstop New Member

    I think we all tend to be our own worst critics. Lips and sewing drive me nuts.
  7. Bobbi Meyer

    Bobbi Meyer I luv to ride my tricycle, I luv to ride my trike

    that little front corner of the eye is what drives me nuts!!
  8. Dawg3458

    Dawg3458 Member

    I agree


    ear butts and tear ducts
  10. Scott Musgrave

    Scott Musgrave Little Wildcat Creek Taxidermy, Sharpsville, IN.

    That's funny I've been thinking somewhat the same. It seems no matter how many I do, I always think, I can do better. People tell me: that my mounts look great. For the most part I agree. I'm tring to put together comp pieces right now and looking at references and some award winning poses and studying the eyes and glands and such. I have came to the conclusion that it can drive you nuts! I say go with what feels and looks good to you and hope the judge agrees. By the way your work looks great.
  11. #1 headhunter

    #1 headhunter New Member

    Thats really a good quality. When you don't think you need improving is when you don't care how they look. I am never satisfied with my ear placement.
  12. I've found that I always take more time than I'd like getting the eye shape right. I could just let it go when it's 90% there but I just keep working on it until it looks right. I'd say spend more time on the trouble areas. Don't get frustrated, just work it out and don't worry about how long it takes.
  13. Monte

    Monte Missouri fur-Limited hair-tanning

    too make the mounting easier we do a lot of altering to the head and the shoulders, and sometimes the length of the neck.
    The number , style and sizes of whitetail is staggering to try and keep up with.

    When we modeled and made plaster molds for paper manekins we had 71 molds and 98% of all the mounts we did were on just 5 of those.

    I honestly think I have been cussing more the last few years. We now have the attitude that we just measure the skin in the problem areas and alter the form to those measurments. No problem with eyes and ears,
  14. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    I swear through every job. Forward earbutts are my problem area.
  15. The same for me T
    I try to talk the customer out of both forward ears. I like to mix it up and decide what looks best on the mount.
  16. THAT is exactly the quality of dedermination that will make you a good taxidermist!I always knew i was stubborn,but i did a seminar with Bill Yox, and havnt been the same since.LOL.Knowing whats wrong w/ your technique and learning to correct it are two different things.Reference is great, but, standing with a master(or two) and watching some of the subtelies that make the difference between an ok mount and one that is fantastic is priceless.And YES Bobby, my eyes still suck.lol.But i'm workin on em. ;)
  17. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

    It appears that MANY should consider attending the YOX a thon........
  18. gobbler71

    gobbler71 Member

    Trying to get two ears forward with symetry sucks big time, drives me crazy! Tear ducts, like the one fellow said, the more you learn the more you think you suck.
  19. Critter Skinner

    Critter Skinner New Member

    Ear butts I think are the toughest for me.
  20. alexm

    alexm New Member

    Ear butts