Is there anyone out there who has any thoughts about taxidermy being a skilled trade and if so why isn't there any trade associations around? There are organization and associations who promote taxidermy , but not like a trade association would? Just wondering what other taxidermist think on the subject? Webster's defines a trade as:....a) a means of earning one's living; occupation b) skilled work; craft c) all the persons or companies in a particular line of business Webster's also defines an association as:....3) an organization of persons having the same interests, purposes , etc. 4) a connection in the minds between ideas. We have the NTA and the state taxidermy associations....why couldn't we start local taxidermy trade associations within counties of each state to promote the business end of taxidermy and to cut down on the competition and rivalry between local taxidermy shops. If there are more than one shop...there generally is some kind of fighting between them...I know that there are situation where this isn't so...but the norn is rivalry and competition...either in quality of work or pricing. In the famous words of Rodney King "Can't we all just get along" (that's a joke...hee! hee!)! If we truely love the taxidermy trade, why can't we build bridges and work toward the betterment of our trade together. Seems like the NTA and the states associations have focused on the quality of our finished product and the refining of our skills to fix this problem...and they have done a great job! But has this helped to create more of this competition and lead to more rivalry and pricing problems on the local level where you have to deal with the newcomers undercutting and local prevailing wages?