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Polar Bear

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by *, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. mdupertuis

    mdupertuis Active Member

    x3 Jerry, I am sure the majority of lions that get mounted that are fresh from the tannery with no flaws don't come close to what you did on that one. Amazing!
  2. *

    * Liberalism IS A MENTAL ILLNESS !

    ;D Jerry, friends can't ever be accused of highjacking posts...
    Glad you posted the lion...

  3. artwildcreate

    artwildcreate Don't look at me.....

    This smells a lot like a " bromance " to me.. LOL
  4. Nancy C

    Nancy C Well-Known Member

    This is the sort of thing that separates the real pros from the day-to-day working guys - even the ones who are very talented.
    Absolutely amazing saves!
  5. alan webfoot

    alan webfoot New Member

    awesome piece ,,and Nancy no less than you with a bag full of parrot feathers.
  6. Light Rail Coyote

    Light Rail Coyote Active Member

    WOW. Dare I say this has been a very inspirational thread! Great saves on both the bear and the lion. You guys are phenomenal.
  7. snowhare

    snowhare New Member

    Wowwwwwwwww Dennis

    Ya did an other amazing job here , love that poze a lot

    j/ snowhare
  8. Superb, A phenomenal piece of work.
  9. great saves you two. i just can't believe how people can let such expensive and regal mounts in the first place get into such bad shape, but i am glad we have people like you guys to save them and restore them!
  10. Kuro2091

    Kuro2091 New Member

    Wow great job! Beautifully done.
  12. You're an incredible taxidermist and I really look up to you. Dennis, you are my hero.
  13. bowerbird

    bowerbird New Member

    A real credit to you guys,, absolute technicians at work .
    Its projects like these that have your mind racing at 1000 rpm thinking ahead,, drawing on all the years of "in house" knowledge that has been derived from 1000 routine mounts, to succeed at the one impossible task that lies in front of you
    Excellent saves
  14. new2thegame

    new2thegame New Member

    Great that he saved the skin and could use it BUT it looks like a white black bear. The head shape is all wrong!
  15. Bill Yox

    Bill Yox Well-Known Member

    Im sure Dennis knows all about longer muzzles and eye widths, etc. But like he said, its a badly tanned skin and you know ya just cant stretch or move that kind of leather, no less attempt to patch shorter facial hair...at least not at the price our customers are willing to pay. In taxidermy, I have a saying I work by, and Im sure Dennis does too...you learn to take what it gives you, and not push too far.
  16. litefeather

    litefeather New Member

    That's crazy! Really nice to look at! Thanks for sharing.
  17. Great job and save Dennis!! You and your crew is an inspiration! You too Jeff!
  18. *

    * Liberalism IS A MENTAL ILLNESS !

    I know all about the head, to the judge here....

    Thanks Bill, you know what I'm capable of and what these skin was capable of....
    There was no way I could ever put it on polar bear head....
    None are easily avail for 400 lb polar bears and I'd have to carve one and test fit one.
    One time on and off and this bear would be in the garbage can.
    the head was in pieces after the soak, yes its torn in the face.
    If I had a skin that was as strong as wet paper towel I would have this was wet toilet paper.
    You look at it and it tore......

    So yep it's on a grizzly head and a grizzly body....so what
    It's not a competition mount , it is what it is.. a memory that the hunter thought he had lost that was brought back out of the garbage can.
    and he is THRILLED. ans so am I for HIM.
  19. Dan

    Dan One Year Old Already!

    Great reply to criticism Dennis. :)

    Regardless of what it was mounted on, it is a spectacular piece and a marvelous save. Congratulations.
  20. Ya I thought the thing about it not being a competition mount was a self explanatory point giving the first few posts on here. That is an amazing save no matter how you look at it. Saving and repairing is a whole art form in itself.
    I didn't even notice the face shape ext as I was distracted by how nice the eyes, mouth and nose looked! (What a great judge I would make!) Did you cast the nose yourself?
    Most polar bear mounts I have seen can't hold a candle to this one and they started with an acceptable specimen. Then again I don't think most taxidermists get too many shots at mounting a polar bear.

    Dennis what you said about the customer being THRILLED I am betting was a major understatement! Not only was it salvaged, it had to have exceeded his wildest dreams! I love that look on their face when you repair, restore, or save something they had no idea was possible! Congratulations on probably the best mammal save or repair I will probably ever see. Out of curiosity do you normally keep spare goats just hanging around?