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A Code of Ethics for Taxidermists

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by edd263, May 24, 2007.

  1. edd263

    edd263 New Member

    I thought that the following might be interesting considering some of the things going on within the NTA at the present time - Ed

    It is Quoted from the first edition of Joe Bruchac's "Modern Taxidermist Directory" printed in 1937 and it was authored by Warren Castle of Memphis Tenn.

    Don't envy the large studio -they were once small and have grown because of the integrity, ability and industry of their founders.
    If you are harassed by competition don't endeavor to increase your share of business by low prices. Service, friendliness, interest and fine work are all more lasting and more powerful in building a permanent business.
    Don't copy another's style of work. If competitors create something that attracts customers, dig down and create something more attractive.
    Any economy other than quantity purchase of materials is very costly in future business. The best of materials combined with careful and efficient work will earn their advanced cost many times by producing future orders.
    Don't watch your competitors. Full attention to your own business is all absorbing and your competitors will have a hard time matching you. They are also entitled to whatever share of business their ability commands.
    When writing other Taxidermy Studios, don't fail to make it known immediately that you too are a taxidermist. Don't try to seek information unless you are willing and able to exchange information of equal value.
    The taxidermists of the past have left us a reputation that is "not" very desirable. It is up to this and coming generations of taxidermists to elevate the standards of our field. Accomplish this by:
    Higher grade of work.
    Cleaner and more modern shops.
    Absolutely fair dealings in every case.

    Taxidermy can be developed in two ways. By creating beautiful pieces of work, at a price commensurate with the time and ability required, "Or" by continually doing work cheaper to keep going. Those practicing the former will prosper and enlarge, while the others will decline steadily.
    The only successful taxidermists I have ever known are men of ability and energy and would have been successful in any field of endeavor.

    There are a few photos of Warren Castle's work in the directory and not only was he a very knowledgeable man but also one with outstanding ability. I guess maybe that sometimes the more things change the more they stay the same. - Ed Dandaraw