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how big is too big

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by E. Byrd, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. E. Byrd

    E. Byrd Member

    how big is too big of a hole to do the football cut and stitch repair to.
  2. deadstuff

    deadstuff Member

    Makes a big difference where its at, if it is a hole or cut, how much is missing, etc.

  3. E. Byrd

    E. Byrd Member

    its in the throat area. it looks like the guy who caped it cut through it trying to shave it or somethin.. its not a very wide cut but bout 3/4 of an inch long
  4. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

    When one ask's is a hole is to big to repair, I'm thinking 6 to 8 inches, 3/4 is nothing. Just trim to where the hair is not cut and sew it up with the girth.
  5. E. Byrd

    E. Byrd Member

    i figured it would be an easy fix but im new and only doin my own and a couple friends stuff so far. i was makin sure there wasnt a different way... ive been fortunate in the couple ive done to not cut but a couple minor holes and this cape was gave to me with holes cut all in it.
  6. Matt

    Matt Active Member

    There is a limit sometimes, but I try and fix everything if I can. I did one last year that takes the cake, it was the size of a softball easy and it turned out really nice. One the bigger ones, usually they look worse than they really are at times. Just lay it out and see what you have to do first before deciding not to fix it.
  7. backstapwillie

    backstapwillie 2011 Montana Bow kill

    I just fixed a 12 inch long rip in a deers neck from a 30-06 ballistic tip, came out fine. Normally I would have trashed a cape that bad but this was a one of a kind coloration deer.
  8. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    Everything is fixable.
  9. shawc

    shawc New Member

    NE Ks
    ha. wait till you have to cut out a 3x6 tick rub on both sides of the brisket... then sew it up.. a 3/4 hole might take a few minutes tops
  10. jorgy

    jorgy Member

    I just finished fleshing one that must have taken several tines through the face. It has a hole the size of a silver dollar right behind the nose pad and holes bigger than quarters on each side of the nose. The dark colored hair that forms the triangle behind the nose on the muzzle will be messed up, but it is all repairable.

    Oh yeah, and like shawc said, it also has tick damage. Not exactly one to enter
  11. jim tucker

    jim tucker Active Member

    In this day and age of mechanical broadheads I am getting REALLY used to massive holes :D
  12. HAPP

    HAPP Active Member

    I'll second that!
  13. jasonb

    jasonb I think I'll keep her

    X2 try working with international skins.
  14. ShastaDonegan

    ShastaDonegan Lets start with ridiculous and move backwards.

    Nope, everything is fixable if you are willing to put your mind to it. Case and point, Daniels leopard that was half rotten and Yox's leopard that had a jigsaw puzzle for a face...there are numerous other great saves that have been posted as well.
    I don't care for taxidermists that insist on only the best capes and hides and have actually made clients find a pay for a whole new skin to go with their African mount just because they didn't want to bother with fixing it. Taxidermy is an "ART" and if you spend your life saying "it can't be done" you are limiting your own potential.
  15. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

    I don't know. The doctors say I'm such a wreck I can't be fixed. I think I'll go see a taxidermist instead. They can fix ANYTHING.
  16. czykdbcz

    czykdbcz Artist or just crazy

    I have pinned holes that size together. Use plenty of hide paste clean your edges and tac them together.
  17. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    Not everything is fixable. One of the skills a taxidermist must learn is when to say "that will cost extra". It's a rare cape that I get in that doesn't need some repairs. Simple repairs are included in the price. If the damage is excessive, then I charge extra for the repairs. Every year I have to sell a couple replacement capes to clients, usually because they mishandled it. Trying to "repair" rotten capes or ones that have such extensive damage that regardless of how well the repairs are done, it will still look like crap is not wise.
  18. ShastaDonegan

    ShastaDonegan Lets start with ridiculous and move backwards.

    Daniels leopard now sits in a museum and from the photos I've seen you can not tell it was slipped all over and green rotten skin, same goes for Yox's leopard face he reconstructed. I'm not saying you don't charge extra for your time but I am saying you CAN do it, maybe not everyone can do it to the same quality as yox or Daniel but it is possible, as for a deer cape the question is do they want to pay the cost of replacing it or just pay the extra cost of repairing it. Some people want their exact deer no matter the cost, bill for your time and keep going.
  19. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    Maybe your skill level of repairs will cause you to pull the plug on a skin that to someone else is very mountable. Some can take a perfect skin and it still looks like garbage. Everything is fixable. We mounted a acid rotted polar bear with out one stitch, it was in pieces, glued and pined it to the form, we were not going to throw that one away. Ever mount a baboon that didn't have a face? That skin was salvaged, and the face recreated with apoxy sculpt. Our shop has purchased "unmountable" skins and mounted them up just fine after repairs. The next time you give up and toss skins away, call us first.
  20. E. Byrd

    E. Byrd Member

    i definitely wasnt gonna throw it out... just makin sure i was using the preferred method of fixing it... ill try to fix anything and if i mess it up , i just mess it up. Lesson learned and on to the next one.