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Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by memorymakertaxi, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Fishmaster I would like to thank you for your suggestions and my overall critique on my bass at the Iowa Show.But most of all watching you critique a well painted bluegill painted by a 7 year old girl was one of the best things I have seen in a long time.You took the time and encouraged one of our up and coming taxidermist's.We must keep the fresh blood entering our Field.Thanks again you are one of the true taxidermy gentlemen.(Some of the masters at our show could take a leason from you)
  2. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    Well painted is an understatement. That little girl nailed that bluegill. It was obvious she owned reference and was using it. Accurate scale tipping, great blending of different mediums, she did great. Rick Krane deserves a little credit too I hear, as she watched one of his videos before doing the fish. 7 years old and one of the better bluegills in the show. Congrats to her.

  3. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Oh oh. Only 7 years old and that good? I see someone that is going to be hard to beat in the upcoming years! You go girl!

    Anybody have a picture? I'd love to see it.
  4. fishmaster

    fishmaster Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the kind words. What a pleasure to get to see and judge a fish by a seven year old. Her parents told me she watched Ricks video over and over and over. Most kids have pretty short attention span and for her to be able to render a fish this beautiful is something pretty special. It made my weekend.
    sincerely, Don Frank

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  5. that is absolutely stunning.
  6. Very Cool!!!!
  7. Jillian@AnglersArtistry

    [email protected] Working hard to make the world a fishy Place!

    What a nice story and a very nice fish! :)
  8. Brian W

    Brian W Well-Known Member

    Congrats to the young talent : "Little Ms Gill"......nice work.....Congrats to Cole also, I think he got the rest of the awards..... 8)
  9. With her talent she may give Cole a run for his money.
  10. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    Really nice job
    I hope she sticks with it
    This is the future in the works

    Carl Lewis
  11. TWinter

    TWinter Winter taxidermy

    Don, i wish to thank you for judging our show. Enjoyed your seminar. I hope maybe we can have you back in the future.
  12. fishmaster

    fishmaster Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I enjoyed attending again this year. Iowa has a great group of members and I highly recommend it to anyone in the midwest looking for an out of state show to attend. They try to get their judges to commit for two years so they have continuity from one year to the next. Its a wonderful state show.
  13. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    I just hope she has a back up job in her future that pays well. I don't know about the rest of you but financially taxidermy is getting to be more and more of a challenge. The price of everything from shipping to supplies keeps going up and my middle class customers will only pay so much. My wealthy customers are as wealthy as ever but some of my middle class customers have other priorities.

    I'm the highest priced fish taxidermist in my area btw.

    I'm compensating by doing wholesale and probably get more fish I than most fish specialists but it sure is nothing like 20 years ago!
  14. She says she wants to be a veteranarian and just do the fish on the side to help me out and make some extra cash in the process. She had a great time at the show and was beaming after winning the awards plus she was super excited to get to talk to Don and get a critique on it. Thanks again Don for being our judge this year and thanks for encouraging my daughter to keep at it.

  15. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    What a treasure. Congrats for being such a great father!
  16. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    I think the full service shops can survive just fine. Specializing in fish taxidermy without something else going on is getting tougher and tougher. It always has been, but it continues to get worse. I don't know too many fish (ONLY) taxidermists that make it ONLY on fish taxidermy. With C&R and PC thinking and fishing resorts dwindling and interest in fishing in general dwindling I don't see things getting better. The ones that will survive (other than the full service shops and fish folks in great locations with little competition) are going to be the volume fish businesses that are large enough to spread their costs over shipping fish mounts. And/or dabbling in other areas. Or part-time. How many fish only taxidermists on here can HONESTLY state they make a good living including benefits (health, dental, vacation, retirement) JUST doing fish? With no other income other than fish taxidermy?

    P.S. Didn't mean to get off-topic, but the fish industry in general has been depressing the last couple of decades. Congrats to this young girl and keep learning. I think part-time is the way to go anyway. Otherwise, burnout and boredom really starts to get to you!
  17. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member


    Good points. What chaffes my butt is the people that want reproductions but don't want to pay for them.

    I got a call from a Real Estate agent the other day I was dumb enough to do his state record musky for free and a replica to boot years ago. I sure don't do that anymore as the first person forgotten is the taxidermist. He has the nerve to call me up and ask for a special deal on another replica. I'm thinking even in the worst of times this character makes more than I do. Of course he whined the mold that was made off of his state record was three inches shorter than the actual fish. Apparently the original fish has grown an inch over time and replica has shrunk three inches. Not a chance.

    I'm hearing a common theme with gameheads and lifesize: If you've got the high end African customers you can do well. Otherwise it's become tougher and tougher. The health care professionals and lawyers that are robbing us blind are doing well. And they are the ones going on the expensive hunts. The rest of us middle class serfs are scrounging.
  18. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    I remember when this thread was about a talented little girl, and the potential she possesses. Paint all the doom and gloom you want, there are still those out there making a living doing this job. If you are struggling while others are succeeding, perhaps it's time to stop blaming the industry and start looking in the mirror.
  19. Dan Lott

    Dan Lott New Member

    You hit the nail on the head Cole! And what about that sweet young lady! Just doesn't get any better than that.
  20. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    You're right Cole. I apologize for going off thread. Not like I'm the only one that ever does it here.

    But I did say: