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ANGLERS ARTISTRY BOOKING FOR 2011 AND THE 2010 WORKSHOP YEAR IN REVIEW!!!!!

Discussion in 'Training' started by Rick Krane, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Rick Krane

    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    2011 Workshops

    Anglers Artistry is now booking the 2011 One on One Workshops! It is time for you to join the talented family of Anglers Artistry Taxidermists who share in the same enthusiasm and passion for Fish Taxidermy as you for successfully creating custom fish work!

    The Custom One on One workshop is what I provide and have for the past 2 decades. Learning in this environment of a Custom One on One personal workshop gives you and I the opportunity to truly focus and concentrate on your personal and professional goals as a fish artist in a completely custom environment!

    Described as “invaluable, intense, fun, and personally rewarding”, this knowledge based intimate hands on workshop is geared for the motivated individuals both beginner and National competitor alike, who have the drive and desire to learn how to achieve fish art at a higher level of quality!

    From the traditional skin mounts fish, to a workshop of custom molding and reproduction fish work, you will have the comfort and time to learn the most advanced fish techniques in the industry today based on your goals.

    As a leader in the Professional Taxidermy community and the owner of the premier fish-training studio, it is and has been my commitment to push the envelope by creating higher standards of innovative and unique ways of training for more efficient methods of learning for your better understanding of fish taxidermy! My relentless effort of being a better teacher translates into your personal satisfaction and success!

    As an award winning Taxidermist and World renown fish Judge, when combined with this practical experience throw in the academically and professionally educated background in fisheries biology, then the ground work is set for my commitment for your education in the art and beauty of fish Taxidermy as it known today! Simply my goal as an educator is to provide you the best environment to learn in so that you will leave Anglers Artistry with a eye opening understanding not only the art of fish taxidermy as it pertains to skills and techniques but as it relates to live fish, so that you will take your work to the highest level you can!

    Along with my wife Kathie who has a Masters degree in education we are both working hard every day to provided you the opportunity to experience cutting edge innovation and teaching practice that has helped produce State, National and World championships for some past Anglers Artistry family members along with having a great enjoyment and satisfaction for your own work!

    From the complete beginner to the most advanced competitive taxidermist Anglers Artistry will make a custom workshop to meet your needs and help you achieve and surpass your own goals!

    The Goal is that every workshop is designed to provide you an opportunity for a stress free, fun atmosphere while learning how to achieve the highest quality techniques for your fish art. Each and every member of the Anglers Artistry family is just that a part of a big family! Many past members have taken full opportunity of making friends across the country with other Anglers members. I mention this, as this over the years has become a true part of the post workshop experience. Sharing information, fish and friendship along with networking for great outdoor adventures make this aspect of Anglers Artistry notable!

    Here are some examples of the custom One on One options for the 2011 workshop services:
    Each and every workshop is totally custom to you and only your needs!

    • A two or three day Weekend Workshops up to the most comprehensive 30 day custom fish Workshop offered!

    • Learn Traditional Skin mounted fish from start to finish!! Custom template making, Custom carved bodies, hand painted eyes, proper preservation real skins and custom molded parts including fins, heads and open gills workshops!!!

    • Custom Reproduction workshops; Custom molding/ casting with silicone and urethanes, all materials are included and provided as part of your workshop.

    • Painting workshops; learn to decode a fish color scheme while learning paint reproductions with great success!!!

    • Anatomy and custom carving pedestal mount workshops for Taxidermist and Wood Carvers alike!

    • Casting and mold making workshops for Museum Habitat displays! Learn to make rock and exceptional habitat displays!!

    • Composition and Design workshop competition habitat workshops!!!

    • Special Woodcarvers workshops; Geared for the Brother and Sister Wood Carvers!!! Learn Anatomy, fins placement as it is related to the kinesiology and movement of the fish! Learn custom molding and casting for your reference, and of coarse the art of paintwork!!
     
  2. Rick Krane

    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    Here is what we offer for your convenience while you stay with us!

    A great Room and Board package is available at the farm nestled in the mountains of beautiful New Hampshire in the heart of New England.
    Pick up and Drop off Transportation to and from 2 different airports to make it more convenient for you as a traveler.
    Very Generous and a hearty meals package for those who chose to stay with us it truly is legendary!
    Coordinated tours, fishing trips or hunting when planned or scheduled ahead and lots of fun go hand and hand with your workshops, as you are part of the family while you’re here for your stay.

    Here is what we offer for your convenience and an economic value for you choice in Anglers Artistry!

    All your materials and tools will be provided for you to use during your workshop!
    This includes all silicone for molding all casting materials and urethane plastics for your casting, Alginate material for specific mold making. Carving foam, template paper, all tanning and chemicals related to the process of traditional fish taxidermy, all epoxies and paints. The use of all tools and equipment allows you to try things out to see if you like one item over and another. Much more is included and offered to make your experience on of great value as well as great learning! Very special advantages come with your workshop and privilege in to the Anglers Artistry family in the deep savings of material, tools and products! Anglers Artistry has established priority service and special process for our family members in addition to the savings in up front cost you can save hundred if not thousands of dollars by making the decision to learn with us here at Anglers Artistry!

    We don’t charge by the hour or limit you to time by the hour, as we never watch a clock here in the studio. Each day are bases on goals and assessments of needs for learning as I will personally assess your abilities and adjust for your strengths and areas of needs to help you improve in the simple and the complex areas of your learning!

    You time is your time; we will work until the day is done! The time will fly while you’re here that is for sure! In a 10-day workshop most students can finish up to 3-4 fish. We offer combination workshop with reproductions and skin mounts. Your workshop is personally recorded in digital photos (typically 200-400 instructional photo’s) for you along with a great value of additional take home material as part of your workshop like a Student Master Disc of reference material.

    I’m Rick Krane and I take my reputation as one of the premier leaders in fish instruction extremely seriously. I have dedicated myself over the past 2 decades to becoming the best teacher I can be. A full time professional studio as well a full time teacher of fish taxidermy, I will take your goals and reputation as seriously as my very own!

    There are many choices for your consideration today and some truly wonderful teachers out there for you to interview and to look over before you make a decision to spend your hard earned time and money with your best opportunity to learn taxidermy. We are not all born with equal talent, this is why I personally believe that talent can be and is often overrated but proper practices with the education of proper skills that can be learned this will make up for one’s own level of talent or lack of so called talent.

    Choose a great teacher who can teach not just show you what they know but what you need to learn based on how you learn! We all have levels of talent and ability in each of us the journey is to find the teacher who will find the artist in you while working with you to reach the most you have in you!

    Thanks you for taking your time to read this information and considering Anglers Artistry as your choice to learn fish taxidermy!

    My Very Best to you!

    Rick Krane
    Anglers Artistry
     

  3. Rick Krane

    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    Here are several pictures of this past year’s workshop participants and a few return guests from the 2010 Anglers Artistry workshops and the beautiful work they completed over the past 12 months. Please take the time and enjoy the work of folks just like you who took the first step!

    The Anglers Artistry 2010 Student workshops participants!

    Scott Teaschner Cody WY

    We started off Scotts first day with a drive out to breakfast and some Eastern Turkeys just hanging out.

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    Scott’s first fish to work on was a unassembled Lake country replica Walleye!
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    Scott paints some custom Walleye eyes! The flints were the Still life eyes!

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    A nice paint job Scott worked out for his Walleye reproduction!

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    A cold snowy morning and a blue sky made for a big breakfast on the farm!

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    The second fish Scott worked on was a great Smallie reverse curve from Lake Country Replica’s as well!

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    Scott also took time to learn how to custom carve and work on molding and castings to create his stream Brown trout and Cutthroat trout! Well done on both!

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    Last but not least Scott found time to work on this Huge Dave Campbell Steelhead replica my personal favorite steelhead on the market!!

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    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    John Czerniakowski Reedsville, PA

    This year we were honored to have one of the original members and the treasurer of the Pennsylvania Taxidermist Association Mr. John Czerniakowski . John is a distinguished gentleman who gave years of his life to the education system of the great state of PA as a teacher all the way to a Superintendent. Doctor Czerniakowski is a very passionate taxidermist and has truly given back to the industry a great deal! I sure hope you enjoy some photographs of Johns C’s workshop!

    John had several goals we needed to touch on and some to complete in his 6 day workshop. The first of which as to learn to custom carve a 360 pedestal Brown trout incorporating a custom molded and cast head and fins. Here are some pictures of the work John put in to this cool Cecil Baird Brown trout which Cecil’s raises in Indiana by way of our great friend and great taxidermist Frank Kotula! This is a great example of fellow Anglers Artistry friends and connections helping one another out!

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    The next goal was to work on this beautiful reproduction Largemouth by Lake Country Replica! John aced this one with ease!

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    John also worked on some Reproductions of Smallies and advanced eye setting and oh Yes we took time to eat some of Kathie’s gourmet cooking! Eating in never a problem around here!

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    John earned his certificate of completion and I hope to see more work of Johns really soon!

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    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    Jessica and James Richards Vidor, TX

    It is a real great experience for a couple to take a workshop together like Jessica and James Richards did this past January. It is also a great opportunity for me to work with such a great couple!!! When in New England winter pictures in January are a must!

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    Jess and James are setting the LCR up for hangers.

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    A very fun couple to work with!

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    Prep work on the repro’s before painting.

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    Jess working over the antiquing work!
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    James works on the steel wool work as well!

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    Jess beings her airbrush training!

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    James shows off his abilities!

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    Jess applies the pre-color work!

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    James moves on to the airbrush colors!

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    James applies more detail colors wit the watercolor pencil!

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    Jess works on the detailing with the Badger airbrush!

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    Jess beings to airbrush the details!

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    Jess now hand paints the scale detail!

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    Jess now puts in the bar marking lines!

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    James works with Jess on some of the finer details work with traditional cosmetics!

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    Well done Jess and James on a 3-day workshop!

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    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    Todd Szymaszek Orange, CT

    Todd is a very enthusiastic up and coming taxidermist from Connecticut! Todd being a local New Englander has the opportunity to come to work with us for short stays of learning. Todd has been to us to learn molding, casting, custom body carving and lots of painting workshops! Over his multiple days of study Todd has taken in a wide variety of fish skills to enhance his artistic abilities!!!

    Todd works on the most important aspect of beginning a skin mounted fish the proper temple!

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    Todd rough carves out a body and has molded and cast a custom head!

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    Proper carving techniques assure a proper fitting body!

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    Todd makes custom molds for the custom cast fine for this fish!

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    Todd hand paints custom eyes for this fish! Nothing like hand painting your own eyes!

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    Todd worked on a few reproductions; as well here he is learning some eye setting work!

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    Todd works on painting techniques for specific fish like the Striped Bass!

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    Todd with his rewards of hard eared work!

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    Capt. Nicholas Borowski USAF. Cibolo, TX

    It is not only an honor but also a true pleasure to have a return student! Captain Nick Borowski of the USAF is not only and accomplished fish giuy but a great bird taxidermist as well! Nick came out to work on some specialized fish work with this enormous Bass!!!

    Capt. Nick shows up with a Monster Bass, which he has a plan for his own show room!

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    The custom template begins for this project!

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    Nick removes the tail section for molding!

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    Nick removes the head for this multiple piece custom head!

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    The head removed!

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    Nick working on some custom molding work!

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    Custom parts and pieces made for this fish!

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    Nick removes parts for the custom molding!

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    Nick works on the custom carved body!

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    Ready for test fitting!

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    Nick puts in the fins!

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    Prepping the head!

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    Nicely done! Way to go Nick!!!

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    A great pair of custom painted eyes!

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    Our great friend Capt. Nick!!!

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    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    Craig Stolle Campbell River, BC Canada

    Talent wrapped in a great sense of humor best describes our friend Craig! Nestled in the beautiful landscape of Campbell River BC Craig is surrounded by inspiration!! Craig did several wonderful fish including a few reproductions and a traditionally mounted skin fish! Here are some inspiration photos from Craig’s workshop!!!

    Craig began his workshop with painting custom eyes for each fish he would complete!

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    Craig jumps right into a great template of his coastal cutthroat!

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    Molding and a custom casting of the head and fins are in order!

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    Craig’s gang of fish to work on!

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    Craig at work making a great fish body for the Cutthroat!

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    Craig mounts his fish with great passion!

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    Here is the beautiful final fish!!! Super work Craig!!!

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    On to the reproductions!

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    Craig works on a few gorgeous steelhead!!

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    This one fish that Craig worked on to perfection was this beautiful sea run artic char!!

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    Craig and his great accomplishments!

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    Chuck Dore Concord, NH

    It is always a great time when a returning Student comes back for a special workshop!
    Chuck stopped by to work out some of the little aspects of this landlocked salmon his dad caught! Great Job Chuck!!!

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    Anne Reinzo Milford, Maine

    Anne is a wonderfully talented Caver and taxidermist from one of the most beautiful New England States! Anne spent some time with us learning about anatomy and painting reproductions! Anne is a passionate artist and a good student!

    Anne works on learning anatomy for better fish carving!

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    Some of the Carvings Anne brought with here to review!

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    Anne works on here LCR Smallmouth reproduction!

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    Anne Applies come colors to this reproduction!

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    Anne puts some final touches on her great looking fish!

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    Anne with her hard work and a beautiful Smallmouth Bass!

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    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    Chuck Holyk Smithers, BC Canada

    Each year a student come s along who has a plan! Chuck has a plan!! Literally when Chuck was here he moved from Alberta to British Columbia for real! Such a talented and a true gentleman! Chuck is not only gifted but a wonderful person to know too! This devoted Dad and husband demonstrated a commitment that will certainly bring him success in his business goals as a taxidermist!

    Chucked worked on a few cool fish that lend themselves to being great teaching tools!
    Chuck worked on this great little perch!!!

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    Chuck works on some of the detail work of the Yellow Perch!

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    Great Work Chuck!!!!

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    Chuck also worked on a great Winter Phase Dave Campbell Steelhead reproduction!

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    Chuck works on the detail work of the Steelie!!!

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    Minus the spotting a great looking Steel “head”

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    This fish is a true beauty!!! Fantastic work Chuck!!!

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    The last fish chuck will share out of his workshop is this outstanding Coho in the silver phase! Sweet work here!

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    A great Coho Mr. Holyk!!!

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    A real artist specializing in reproductions!!

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    Mike Sweda Germantown, WI

    What a fantastically gifted person!!! Mike Sweda from Wisconsin is solid skilled taxidermist for sure! Mike spent some time with us to learn the finer aspects of fish work and he worked very hard to produce some of the years most visibly pleasing work! The Midwest is strong with fantastic taxidermist and there is one more now that is strong with fish work!

    Mike first starts by making great template!

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    Mike made fine molds and a head mold for this fish!

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    Mike does some carving and fin test fitting!

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    Very nice cast and a great transition tot the body always makes for a nice fish mount!

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    Mike test fits the skin then mounts this beauty!

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    Mike made a lil mold and did a bit of casting as well!

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    This LCR Walleye was the next of mikes projects to learn with!

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    Mike also did custom eyes for his fish work!

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    Here is the Musky Mike did as his last and one of the most impressive fish Mike did for sure!!! Outstanding work from this up and coming artists!
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    I hope you enjoyed the work of this WI fish artist!!!

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    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    James Dalueg Woodstock, Ontario. Canada!!!

    Jim or Big Jim as he is loving known around the shop is a long time student of Anglers Artistry. Jim came out this time for a 30 day workshop to really work on the “big picture” of fish work! When I say big collectively Jim worked on the biggest and the most accumulative inches over all then any one who has ever step foot in there for a workshop! Jim worked on Muskie’s, Northern Pike, Huge Walleye both Skin mounted and Reproductions, Brook Trout, Small Mouth Bass, Brown trout Steelhead Some custom molding and casting of fish and a great time creating some cool custom habitat!!
    I hope you enjoy the 30 day workshop of Mr. James Daluge!!!!

    Jim Started off with tackling some big Muskie’s!

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    Jim moved on to a Northern Pike to keep ace with the big fish theme!

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    Jim worked on some cool skin mounted fish as well! The first was a few Brown trout, which he molded as cast the heads, and fins. Custom carved all the bodies as well!

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    Jim moved straight into a very nicely shaped Walleye!

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    Jim worked on this great big Walleye reproduction as well!

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    Jim did a bit of some fun and creative base and habitat work for a few fish pieces while during his workshop!

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    Jim did this outstanding Brook trout reproduction for one of the sweet base displays! Great Job!!!

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    Jim took time to visit his favorite Barber once again when he was in NH! Don is a world class barber as well!

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    Jim got to hang out with World class Bird Taxidermist who came e by for a visit from California None other then Mr. Tony Finazzo!

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    We all went to visit the Quebec Association of Taxidermist convention as part of Jim’s workshop! Here is Jim with 2 legendary taxidermists Richard Christoforo and Tony Finazzo while we stock in front of a Large Granite sculpture of a Lake trout! Way Cool!

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    Jim finished up with this beautiful Steelhead reproduction a true beauty!

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    Jim did a ton of fish almost literally! Jim is a valued member of the Anglers artistry family as a leader in the law enforcement community! Jim puts his life on the line each and every day as a constable in Canada! Jim is also the president of the Police union where he lives! Congratulation Jim you made it 30 days with the dogs! LOL!!

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    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    George Reed Rutland, VT

    Every once in awhile we get a student from VT and with out a doubt the VT folks are always a driven and hard working folk! As a New Englander my self it is wonderful when I get to work with a fellow NE native and George is not only a hard working taxidermist but also a gentleman who gives of his life and limb each and every day as a full time correctional officer! George came up to work on a Northern Pike and I personally enjoyed the time we spent together and the follow up contacts we have had makes for long time relationship of fellow taxidermists from NE! I hope you enjoy the pictures of George’s workshop!

    George readies the fish for a great template!

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    Next is a mold and cast of the head of this Northern Pike!

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    George begins the skiing process by removing the fins for molding and casting!

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    George custom carves the body for the Pike!

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    George custom paints eyes for this fish!

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    George has a skin ready for test fitting!

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    George test fits first to be sure of a perfect fit!

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    George readies the parts for mounting!

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    George places the fin on to the body and secures them for drying of the skin!

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    A real great Pike George!!!

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    A well earned Workshop for Mr. Reed!

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    Damien Lee Jupiter, FLA

    Damien Lee grew up on the Island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, spending most of his wakening hours snorkeling, fishing and sailing, as it is for every adventurous young man growing up on this end of the world. Today Damien continues the tradition of self-stocking his aquarium now with the fish his sons catch! Damien’s oldest son Braiden who is five years old, regularly joins Damien in his very own Taxidermy shop in Jupiter FLA!
    Damien is the second gentleman we have had from Down under and I will say what a great guy and a talent to boot! I hope you enjoy the workshop pictures of Mr. Damien Lee!

    The first thing one does with a great New Wave Reproduction is get it ready for painting! A little bit of work is required and here is Damien going over what is needed before one gets to paint a tarpon!

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    Now that Damien has done the worked needed to get to the painting lets watch Damien paint this beauty!

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    Here are the fish Damien worked on in his workshop!!! Well done old man!!!

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    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    Brian Noody Garden City, Long Island NY

    Mr. Brian Noody!! Brian once upon a time was a an up and coming taxidermist from NY who back in the 80’s did his share or competing and winning! After life stepping in and a career in the NY fanatical world took over Brian was away from the taxidermy seen for some time. Never loosing is passion for the outdoors and being a real sports man the fire always burned in Brian’s belly! One faithful day on September 11th 2001 Brian was working in tower #2 of the world Trade center when life changed for all of us! Brain was one of the fortunate souls who made it out and not taking life for granted Brain re-looked at life as one would after such an event! We area all blessed and fortunate to have brain with us as a person and as a inspiring talent in the world of taxidermy! Brain honored us by choosing to come out to see us this past year for a brush up!

    I would accept no less for a gentleman who takes life by the horns and lives it to come out with 2 of the most challenging fish projects we tackled this year! Brain visited friends and relatives in Iceland and caught some beautiful fish several years before coming out tot the workshop this past year and the fish have been gutted and frozen in a bag of water for years before seeing the light of day once again here in NH. It was a great workshop and Brian is nothing short of an inspiration to me and I hope to you as well! I hope you enjoy the pictures of this talented taxidermists workshop!

    Brian Started off with the first step witch is a great template for the fish!

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    Once template Brian made a rough cast of the head before he made a permanent mold as the head due to the poor condition needed to be bloated and re-hydrated first. We will show before and after.

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    Once roughed Brian could use the head to create a permanent head mold!

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    Brian made custom bodies for both fish!

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    Brian works on putting in the fine detail that makes a particular species look the part!

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    Brian assures the head fit and the custom fitted fin work!

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    Brian readies the fish and the entire body parts for mounting!

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    Brian mounts both fish!

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    Proper test fits assure a great body for a pedestal fish!

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    Brian doesn’t need m accolades for his ability so I will say that it is always a pleasure and a challenge to have such a motivated hard core student!

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    Michael Brittain Hickory, NC

    Michael is not only a gifted taxidermist but also a real businessman who does taxidermy! Customers in the area of Michael services will benefit for sure from his professionalism and his talent! Michael became a fast learner and a great person to have here in the shop for a workshop! Michael is not only a family member to the Anglers Artistry family but also a friend to many of the other family members as well! Always willing to help and a kind word for all, this taxidermist is a true “good guy” for young and upcoming taxidermist to follow by Michael’s great example of hard work and exemplary professional service!!! I hope you enjoy the workshop of Michael Brittain!!!

    Michael begins with his pedestal Smallmouth Bass by Molding and casting the head of this beautiful fish!

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    Michael now begins the process of creating a template to assure the need for a correctly fitting anatomical body for a pedestal mount!

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    Michael begins the skinning process!

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    Michael works on making molds and casting for the fins of this Smallie!

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    Michael carves this great body for this great fish!

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    Michael test fits and mounts this Small Mouth Bass!

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    This Smallie came out just fantastic!

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    A very happy Michael Brittain!

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    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    Travis Jones Seaboard, NC

    It is always great to visit with Family members! It was cool to visit with Mr. Travis Jones and his family! I had the opportunity while in NC to visit with Mr. Travis Jones and the entire Jones Clan! What a great time and the hospitability was every thing any one could imagine! For a few days I got to spend time at the summer beach home of the Jones Family in Nags head NC. We fished and eat and had a blast! It is always great as I said to visit with the Anglers Artistry family members when I travel around North America!

    We started of catching our own bait I found this to be a blast to jig and catch Blue crabs! Travis shows me the program!

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    We needed to catch some baitfish for the trip too! Here is Travis and his Dad Rex showing how it is done!

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    Here is Travis throwing a bait net to catch some baitfish!

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    Here is Travis fishing of a pear for sheephead!

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    Once we all had a great day of fishing for flounder and sheephead we went to the fish aquarium!

    Here is Mr. Koby Jones looking very cool!

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    Now that is a set of teeth! Koby is 6” 4” LOL! Kidding!

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    Here is Koby’s Mom in Shark Jail! LOL!

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    Here is Travis teaching Koby why you don’t put your hand in the mouth of a Shark!

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    This is what an educational is all about not what you do while in your workshop but what you do when you get home! I want to share some of the breathtaking work of Mr. Travis Jones!

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    It doesn’t get much better then that! Greta to see ya Travis! Your turn to visit again!
     
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    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    Ryan Keslier Two Harbors, MN

    I don’t take the show on the road very often however I did this year all the way to Two Harbors Minnesota! What a great State to visit and what a great to mind live in! Well I can tell you that Mr. Ryan Keslier Two Harbors, MN is a hardcore taxidermist! Ryan is not only a great taxidermist but makes some of the best reproduction antlers I have ever seen! Ryan and I spent a little over a week and worked on some great fish work! Both Ryan and his wife Casey are some very wonderful folks and great hosts! I hope you enjoy the workshop of Ryan Keslier!

    Ryan worked on 2 different aspects of taxidermy as well know it today traditional kin mounts and preparing and painting reproduction fish.

    Ryan begins where all fish taxidermist start and that is with a good template of the fish you will mount!

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    Next Ryan starts the skiing process!

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    For this fish Ryan choose to work with molding and casting to make his own custom fins!

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    From Ryan’s template Ryan cuts out a basic body to carve from!

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    Ryan fits the body for the fins!

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    The body is ready for mounting!

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    Once mounted Ryan fits the Tail for a perfect fit!

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    Here is Ryan and his lovely wife Casey going over what Ryan has been working on!

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    Ryan moves on to assembling and finishing reproductions to ready for painting!

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    Ryan custom painted eyes for all of his fish and reworked any and all fine details for both the walleye and the Coho!

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    Ryan works on his Coho in-between the walleye work!

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    Ryan is a detail kind of guy!

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    Once the reproduction of the walleye is ready Ryan moves on to painting!

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    Ryan does some killer soft tissue work!

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    Ryan with his well earned Anglers Artistry 2010 certificate of achievement!

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    Ryan is a hard working up and comer and I hope you enjoyed the work of Ryan Keslier of Two Harbors, MN!
     
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    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    THE 1ST ANNUAL INDANA ANGLERS ARTISTRY WORKSHOP!

    It is always a great time to write and share with the Anglers Artistry family some cool news and pictures!! Keep the show on the road I got to visit a long time friend and a Anglers Artistry Family Member Mr. Brad Jones the Vice President of the Association of Indian taxidermists! Brad put together a great group of some very talented guys to participate in a 2-day workshop on mounting the Large Mouth Bass!
    I want to share some really talented folks who participated in the AIT first annual Anglers Artistry fish workshop!
    As I mentioned the 1st annual Association of Indiana taxidermists Anglers Artistry fish workshop was held at the shop of Mr. Brad Jones this was a AIT hosted this event at his wonderful shop in Cicero. There were 5 participants in all Mr. Ken Wampner of Mississippi, Mr. Jerry Adams of Indiana, Mr. Steve lacer of Indiana, Mr.Casey Waterson of Ohio, and Mr. Ron Taylor of Indiana, Mr. while everyone had the opportunity to learn template drawing, a few different skinning techniques, custom caved a Bass body and skin and mount a for a Largemouth Bass!! I hope everyone enjoyed the workshop as much as I did and also I’m grateful to have met some truly talented Taxidermists! I hope you enjoy a few pictures of the AIT fish workshop!

    Here are some cool pictures from the Workshop at Brad Jones!!!

    The fellows all showed up in what else Trucks!
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    It all begins wit the guys doing some template drawing first!

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    The group all helps out with some real comradery!

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    Here is Ron Taylor working on his template!

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    Here is Casey Waterson Doing some fine carving work!

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    Jerry Adams and Steve Lacer working on their Bass bodies!

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    Ken Wampner and Ron Taylor working on getting the test fit done.

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    Kens Giant Bass!!!

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    Here is Good Old Brad Jones working on his special workshop project!
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    Here is a very Successful Group of talented Taxidermist!

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    I sure hope you enjoyed the pictures of this full workshop of great guys and talented taxidermists!!
     
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    Ken Grabbert Loves Park, Illinois

    Not until you run into another accomplished artist who works his talents in wood that you appreciate how great it is to work with someone whose skill sets are equal in passion and a love for fish! Mr. Ken Grabbert is a long time fish carver and an accomplished fish artist. Ken Spent time with a challenge in working on a Skin mounted Smallmouth Bass where we covered custom carving as well as molding and casting! Ken also did a enormous reproduction Musky 360 pedestal to add to the workshops great set of goals of learning new and fun things top make for a more well rounded fish artist!

    Ken gets right in to preparing the fish for a mold of this Smallmouth bass head!

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    Ken has made his head mold and now it is on to working on anatomy in the form of a great custom template for this fish!

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    Ken is now working on making a mold for the fins of this beauty!

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    Ken creates the perfect skin for a great fish mount beginning with skinning and proper preservation!

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    Time to enter in to Ken’s wheelhouse fish carving! Ken did a fantastic job learning a few new skills to ad to his years of experience!

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    Ready to mount the fish!

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    Ken pours his fins and tests fits to make the transitions perfect tot the body!

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    A gorgeous Smallie! Well done Ken!!!!

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    Ken works on making the little detail adjustments to the head to make this fish really look the best it can look!

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    Ken moved on to his big project and that was a 55” Musky from LCR!

    The reproduction came with eye set in pace already however Ken wanted to make up his own paintwork to custom eyes! So this we did!!!!

    Ken begins with removing the original eyes then moves on to custom painting the eyes of the Musky!

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    Ken now sets the eyes!

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    Once the eyes are set Ken moves right on tot the paintwork! Ken is a competitive Musky fisherman and this guy’s knows his Muskie!

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    As Ken would work hard each and every day we would also take time to enjoy a bit of New England!

    Here is our Good Friend Tim’s local Ice cream Stand!

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    A little of New England’s charm and hospitality with some old time local music!

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    Ken now works on painting fins as you can see practice make perfect!

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    Ken works on some hand painting to create some layering of depth and detail for this giant!

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    Ken moves back to the Badger Airbrush and works out the details of the barring!

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    Ken is back to the hand paintwork!

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    Ken moves on to some fun head detail!

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    Ken begins the process now of hand scale enhancements for each scale of this 360 pedestal reproduction I would be kidding you to tell you that this happened in any kind of a fast fun manner! LOL! Ken worked with great discipline as a wood carver does and worked into the night with some long hours to create this great look for this fish!

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    Great Job Ken and a great workshop!

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    Ken is a biog fellow standing well over 6’ tall to begin with I just want you to appreciate the size and the effort it took to make this fish look as great as it does in this picture with Ken!

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    A great guy to know and a pleasure to have worked with! Super job Ken!
     
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    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    Gene Bremmer Parkers Prairie, Minnesota

    We love it for sure when couples come pout to visit us and what a great time we all had with the Brummers packed up the mini Van and headed across the country from MN to good old New Hampshire! To say that the Gene and Darlene were like family while many are when they are here would be in case a real understatement! Personally I love to have couple come out but what is always challenging is when folks come out the one not doing the “workshop” can some times get a bit board if they are not adventurous! Darlene will never be accused of not being adventurous and endearing! I know this is Gene’s workshop however I will tell you that there is a group of wonderful ladies at the local sandwich “Tasteful Affairs” asked me each time I eat there … How is Mrs. Bremmer!
    She walked to the top of the Mountain behind the house not once but twice (not that easy!) and took up residence in the sitting chair to catch a cool breeze and enjoy the view of the field under the apple tree! Oh yeah… Gene took a workshop too!

    Mr. Bremmer is an accomplished Wood caver hailing from the great State of Minnesota!!
    I first met Gene via the Internet before the Taxidermy.net had pictures. Over the years Gene and I would write from time to time about fish stuff and one day Gene said to me that he would like to come and take a workshop! I was so happy to finally be able to work with Gene on meeting his goals and helping out with his dreams of better fish work!
    I hope you enjoy the great workshop that Mr. Gene Bremmer shared with all of us at Anglers Artistry!

    Gene begins the workshop by learning to set and paint eye’s!

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    Gene had a few goals one was a Walleye and the other was a Musky!
    Gene began with the Walleye!

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    Gene next worked on making a few adjustments to the Walleye for give it a better look!

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    Gene now put the hangers in place!

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    Let the painting begin!

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    Love this picture as it is every thing to be able to learn to look at reference and paint what you learn to break down and this is what we love to each so one doesn’t need a paint schedule to be able to paint!

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    Great Satisfaction is reaching a goal! Well done Gene!

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    During the workshop some day trips were in order! Local tour guild and resident Maple sugar Zar Sherri Gray shared some of her families goodie with the Bremmers!

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    Gene and Darlene took in some of the beautiful sites of New England!

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    Fist we look at a concept drawing of a possible future carving base for this reproduction!

    Gene moved straight on tot he beautiful Musky!!!

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    Gene now works on what will be the direction for the barring pattern!

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    Gene works on fins!!!

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    Some creative paintwork!

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    A great Musky!!!!

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    I’ll tell you woodcarvers are every bit the fishheads the taxidermist are too!

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    It was a really great time to have the Bremmers here at the farm! Great Work Gene!!!
     
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    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    Bruce Miller San Antonio, Texas

    This Fellow fishhead is a well rounded man around fish Capt Bruce Miller is not only a passionate man about his taxidermy but as a well respected Boat Capt in San Antonio Texas! You can always tell when you have to tighten the reigns up on a wild stallion and Bruce was a man on a mission!
    Bruce earned his Master captains License back in 2007 and if your looking for a great time in or around the pristine waters of Baffin Bay for wade fishing, drift boat fishing, as well as duck hunting trips for a verity of awesome duck species then Bruce is your guild!

    It is always my goal to pull the best out of some one and some times it take a few days for this to take shape. In the case of Capt Bruce he has a real can do attitude and a huge set of goals! Skin mounted Speckled trout, several reproduction fish, molding and casting and some habitat stuff to round out a great workshop! I hope you enjoy the pictures of Bruce Millers workshop!

    Bruce had a big plan in place that required skills that were not in place when Bruce arrived but did work them in very well! Bruce started off with a skin mounted fish project and what would be more challenging then a summer phase Speckle trout!

    Bruce began as all great skin mounts with a super template!

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    Bruce moved on to skinning and making a set of fins!

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    Bruce made a great mold and cast of the head and dove straight in to carving the fish body!

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    Bruce mounted this difficult fish with great precision!

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    Bruce moved on to the first of his 4 reproductions!

    Bruce worked on A LCR Rainbow trout!

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    Bruce worked on the one of the great fish of the south the Red Drum AKA Red Fish!

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    Bruce gets into some fine detail work!

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    Some final touch ups to the scaling!

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    Super work Bruce!!!

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    A little site seeing in the New Hampshire country side is always in order for visiting guests! He fit right in!

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    Bruce moved on to a Large Mouth Bass which is always a great fish to learn with!

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    Bruce moved on to one of his all time favorite fish the Speckled trout! Bruce again used a LCR reproduction for his project!

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    Bruce works on skin tones for this fish as they range so much in tone!

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    Bruce nailed the fish paintwork for this grand lady of the southern salts!

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    Never a doubt in this teacher’s mind that Capt Miller would not juts leave with some great fish but more importantly is able to do some great fish!

    Well earned Capt Bruce!

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    Here are some professional photos of the fish of Texas Flats!

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    I hope you enjoyed the big fish workshop of Capt. Bruce Miller!
     
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    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    Mr. Brian Huey of Paisley, Oregon

    The last workshop of the year was a way to end the 2010 Anglers Artistry workshop year! Once again this year a family effort came to New Hampshire to share in friendship and the Anglers Artistry family! Mr. Brian Huey of Paisley, Oregon and his best friend and wife our new adopted business and photography consultant Michelle Huey! What a fun couple full of passion and drive made their way out to Hinsdale to spend some time learning fish work and enjoying a get a way to the Granite State! Brian is a full time taxidermist in Oregon and Michelle is his partner and business operations specialist and more! Brian also has a very special talent and that is he is one of the best guild in the Pacific North West! Some of Brains clients include the likes of none other then Ted Nugent! Brian can pretty much guild it all a champion game caller and a true expert on stocking and hunting game Brian is a serous outdoors man and if this old fishhead was to head out to the great state of Oregon Brian would absolutely be the only guild I would be calling!

    Brian came out with a goal of learning how to skin and mount a fish in a traditional fashion by custom carving his own fish mannikin and learning to make molds and casts for cold water fish! Here are the pictures of Mr. Brain Huey’s Workshop!

    Brain brought out a way cool Williams river Rainbow and a great looking stream Brown! Sweet! Brian begins by taking some tops of the teeth down so a mold can be made for the head!

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    Next Brian makes a head mold and cast for his 2 fish!

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    Brian moved on the to the templates and the skinning of the fish!

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    From the skinning Brian created molds and casts of the trout fins!

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    Michelle jumps in to help out and to get right into the fish workshop!

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    Brian now begins to carve for his beautiful fish!

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    Brain and Michelle took some time to share in the beauty of NH!

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    Here they are at the Castle in the woods!

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    Michelle love to take time to photograph my beautiful NH around my home!

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    She gets my vote as the official Anglers Artistry Photographer!

    Brian now goes through the skills of mounting the two fish with his well done and nicely carved fish bodies!

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    Brian did such a great job in learning all the aspects of the beginning steps down the road to a great fish mount!

    Brian though his workshop wasn’t about painting did get in some paintwork! More importantly learning some of the benefits of good practice and some proper drills to improve the skills of airbrushing!

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    We of course got in some of the famous Meals that are know world wide at Anglers Artistry! This meal was a special request of Michelle and Brian at our friends Jen and Guy’s legendary restaurant the Pinkerton Tavern of Derry, NH one of NH top food restaurants! Lobster always goes well with fish!

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    We made a great Base for Brian’s fish and here is a finished photo of Brian’s fish as it sits in his show room!

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    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    It is always a pleasure to work with folks who love the art of fish taxidermy as much as I do! Brian and Michelle were two fantastic folks and I couldn’t ask for a better way to close out our workshop year of 2010! See ya in June Brian!

    This past year I had the absolute pleasure to be able to work with 26 workshop participants! Since 1991 we have had the pleasure of teaching over 200 Students some are full time taxidermist some are part time hobbyist who love the art of taxidermy and some great folks are the passionate ones who come to learn to do a fish or tow for their won personal pleasure as a love for the outdoors! Be it the talented wood carvers or the driven gifted taxidermist who visit us each year I personally stride to learn each and every day so that I may offer to you the very best in education and provide you with the best opportunity to leave your workshop and get straight in to doing some beautiful work!

    My rewards are to experience your success by watching you develop as a professional full time or a professional part time fish taxidermist! Blue ribbons and awards are wonderful goals and accomplishments but what we strive for more then accolades is the fish that will blow away a client of satisfy your own deep desires for satisfaction in your won abilities!

    Each and every year a hard working talented member of the Anglers Artistry Family achieves personal or business goals such as Mr. Jimmy Lawrence of CO, and Mr. Monty Artrip of IN , Mr. Chad See of West Virginia, and Mr. Brian Noody just to mention a few for their efforts in competition! Mr. Travis Jones for a new Business venture of custom painting baitfish for a profitable high end pro shop to go along with his taxidermy business. So proud we are of Capt Nick Borowski of the USAF for his promotion to Captain! So many family members work so very hard to share with others the gifts of God and bring forth their talents. From time to time they stop by the Anglers Artistry posting in the training sections and share their work with all of us!

    One day I hope to help you in some way reach your goals as a fish artist! Give us a call or drop us an email for a 2011 workshop packet!

    I wish you my very best!
    Here is to a great 2011 for you and your goals in taxidermy, health and life!

    IN 2011 I'll be visiting judging and or doing seminars at the following shows; Florida, Georgia, California, Ohio, Michigan, Quebec, Maine, New England, and the 2011 World Show!!! I hope to see you there!


    I’m Rick Krane and I thank you very much for your loyalty and willingness to learn the art of fish Taxidermy!

    Rick Krane
    Anglers Artistry
    312 CHESTERFIELD ROAD
    Hinsdale NH 03451
    603-336-7296
    [email protected]
    www.anglersartistry.com