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Wolverine/fisher mount

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by double shovel, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. double shovel

    double shovel SilverWillowTaxidermy

    This was a fun project I got to do for a customer who told me kind of what he wanted to see and let me go to it. I decided in this project I was going to try and build a tree after reading the article in Breakthrough and talking to Bill Neuman at the Montana show. We followed the article to a T and I think the final outcome of the tree looks good, I would do it again. I also built it to come apart so it would make transport easier. The porcupine was also fun to do as well. The blood was a paint mixture mixed up with smooth cast to give it some depth and make it look like it is fresh. I didn't want to make a murder scene but get the point across the porcupine is dead. The tree started out as a piece of plywood then foam poured around it,shaped, cut then I went and gathered some bark and brought it into the shop and used smooth on spray mold release and sprayed the bark. Then I took regular bathroom caulking and applied it to the bark and pushed a piece of window screen into it for strength and left it over night. Then the next day I covered the foam in mache 1/2" thick and proceeded to use my texture mold in the mache (note soaking it in water before each application) Let it set up and pulled it apart at the seam and let it set up for a a couple days and applied the paint. The knot I just used apoxy clay and made what I thought was a knot of frayed pieces and as it set up, I wire brushed it and scratched it. Once it was dry I gave it a wash with black paint and then touched it up with the airbrush. Darren Mohler did the wood work.
    Thanks,
    Curtis
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  2. Jon S

    Jon S Well-Known Member

    WOW Outstanding work.
     

  3. cattrax

    cattrax Beats being in the shop!

    Alright Curtis!! Great job!
     
  4. michael69

    michael69 Active Member

    Impressive!
     
  5. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    very nice mount
     
  6. brigham boy

    brigham boy "if it's horny, mount it"

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    Outstanding piece!

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  7. falco

    falco Trapping is fun

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    Very cool bud,
    Nice tree. nice mounts.
     
  8. AMCTaxi

    AMCTaxi Wholesale Small Mammal Taxidermist

    This is simply amazing!
     
  9. Megan :)

    Megan :) Well-Known Member

    wow that is nice!
     
  10. very nice
    greetings from Holland
    Henk
     
  11. That's awesome! I recently finished a fisher and almost did something similar. I also had a porcupine I was going to use with it but I chickened out. Now I wish I had used it. I did mount my fisher in a stalking pose, so maybe down the line I can add a porcupine to the scene. Thanks for the inspiration! You did a great job!
     
  12. lizardguts

    lizardguts skull collector

    Poor fisher's not having a very good day. Awesome job on both the tree and the animals
     
  13. Matt

    Matt Active Member

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    Beautiful work!
     
  14. Andrew L.

    Andrew L. Member

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  15. WILD BROOKIES

    WILD BROOKIES JOIN EBTJV SAVE A RESOURCE

    nice touch on the stickers in the fisher
     
  16. dakotabill

    dakotabill Member

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    Great job Curtis, Its always nice to be able to create a tree or limb from scratch and not have to spend a liftime looking for the perfect piece(expecially when you have little resources). Im glad I could help you out with the article.
     
  17. Nick7

    Nick7 New Member

    Stunning piece!!!