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Taxidermy Future

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Whitetailfreak84, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Whitetailfreak84

    Whitetailfreak84 New Member

    What's your guys opinions on taxidermy price and amount of work brought in by each taxi will drop in the future? Relating to everyday someone is learning how to taxi from this site. It may not have any affect to you older taxi s but younger generations I would think so. JMO What's yours?
  2. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    You're safe..us older guys die off, and open new territory for you younger bucks.

  3. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    Just because you have "book" knowledge of taxidermy available from the internet, doesn't mean you can still produce a high quality mount.
  4. Kevin M.

    Kevin M. Active Member

    The info shared on here is shared between people that already have some knowledge. Doesn't really teach from the ground up .
  5. DarenKInsey

    DarenKInsey New Member

    I've never been full time, and took only couple a year for few years, but I can tell you it's been my experience that the new ones last bout 2-3 yrs. I started over ten years ago and there were a dozen guys throwing out junk then, now I know of a couple, but nobody worth going to. There is one in area who's good, been around forever, charges right and is respected but the guys that start on a whim usually don't last. I couldn't do this full time and have the utmost respect for guys that do. Harder than it looks and I think most people figure that out. I think its a great time now as more people are mounting different animals instead if just deer, deer, deer and maybe a duck. But that's just what I see.
  6. God help anyone who chooses taxidermy as a profession.
  7. Whitetailfreak84

    Whitetailfreak84 New Member

    I agree with most of you guys but a guy can start without any knowledge at all from this site and get the basics down. If they have any damm common sense and take a week or too course with some of the top notch guys on here and put out quality work. What about a guy or gal who hunts and learns to do their own mounts from here? The way the jobs , economy , etc. are now days just seems like there would be more and more part timers. JMO not trying to start any arguments just curious so to speak.
  8. The taxidermy business is no different than any other business because if you stay at long enough and are better at it more than most, you will last as long as you desire. As for prices, if the economy is kind of bad like it is now or gets worse a seasoned taxidermists will know what to do. Raise their prices and just leave it up to the seasoned clientele of the world. They will let you know if you're good enough to stay in business. . . Also, I believe taxidermy is an art and art can become a business and I think most everyone can finger paint to an extent, but there's only a few da Vinci's. That's the difference.
  9. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I believe that there are a lot more folks out there doing taxidermy for themselves and others under the table and unlicensed than ever before. These days its a lot easier to learn taxidermy with videos, youtube and this site making it convenient for casual taxidermists to get started. I also see a general decrease of game numbers, hunters and quality animals in recent years. I think it will be a lot harder for someone to make a living off taxidermy in the future. I certainly plan to just stay part time.
  10. Since 1977 In my area alone there has been probably 30 I and Brian Harness seen come and go. All business is cyclic, look at the business in you towns. Look at the rate of some business failure by government stats.

    Now ask who is still in this business 10 years later? If you are still here in ten years, I will bet a couple of things.

    1. You have raised your prices a lot.
    2. Your quality has improved tremendously.
    3. You have learned how to add the cost of doing a mount.
    4. You have learned to to baby sit the phone for each and every mount.
    5. You have faced burnout but found a way through it.
    6. You figured out you cannot be married to the shop.
    7.You also figured out how to separate your family life from shop life.
    8. You found out if you dont do #7, you have found yourself divorced.
    9.You have also found yourself grumpy at newbie on the forums, that don't bother to look up a question and use the search.
    10. You just found this ten years later and said that Damn John C. was right.
  11. Major

    Major New Mexico.....Not much different than the old one

    John, you're pretty spot on. I haven't been doing this too terribly long, but every one of your points is true. You go through several phases during the "growing pain" process, but when you've been through all of the above listed steps, you find a nice way to make a living. I wouldn't trade it for anything. Most days.
  12. John, i hope the day comes when you and I will be fortunate enough to see your post come to the top of the page again, lol

    10 years from now, Ill make sure to call you and let you know its on here!!!
  13. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    7 out of 10 beginners never go past a couple of years. The for sale category here has someone closing the doors every month.
  14. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    The thing that prevents total burnout for me is the confidence my clients have in me. I had a couple drive 150 miles yesterday to bring me a deer. I was flattered. I told the husband that he passed by half a dozen good taxidermists to get to me. He chuckled and replied that nobody else would do taxidermy for him as long as I was in business.
  15. Matt

    Matt Active Member

    Every month? You mean every week!(LOL) John is pretty spot on and even if you have the talent, you better have some sense or you will never make it in this biz.
  16. duxdown

    duxdown New Member

    Joey im finding the same things as my name grows. People are showing up and saying there friend said I was the most honest trusted guy they have dealt with in awhile. I take my time and listen to there story's albeit sometime I might be working on capeing. I take my time and stay in communication with customers and they like that. Be honest and friendly try your best and it goes a long way. There are several taxidermist around and one is a long timer and takes loads of work. But im picking up more and more each year because they know and have heard good things and I have a nice home and shop and that tells them I can be found in 6 months haha.
  17. scottdawg

    scottdawg Member

    John c that post was spot on been doing taxidermy for 22 yrs I have gone through all of them except the divorce lol
  18. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    If I hang around the house too long being a pest, my wife will say "isn't there something you need to be doing out in the shop", LOL
  19. I've enjoyed reading this. Im new to this just being 10 months in. I will say I researched a lot about getting in this business before I started my apprenticeship. I will say being a hairdresser for 11 years that a lot of lessons are the same so far. I chose to get into this because my daughter will be starting school soon. Most clients want me at the salon nights and weekends meaning my time with her would be lost. I decided to phase out and just keep a dedicated flexible clientele.

    I have already learned to balance availability, work, and family. Customers in this business seem loyal and I've already gained repeat customers and seem to be gaining a reputation. The things I think help you build in this business is being available, personable, flexible, detail oriented. I've noticed things people have said was they enjoyed the fact that I set down with them and discuss every step of what they want to create, honesty in the fact of what level I am at, I'm not afraid of anything, I keep them informed on what step their mount is at, etc.

    I hope to build a good business.... I know better than to become a millionaire. Lol

    I've read and learned a lot on here and on videos etc but I'll agree that people cannot gain quality without experience, good critiques and hands on learning. I think people are more knowledgable now with the internet. I know several customers now bring me pictures from the internet of things they like. Of course it's always a competition piece. Lol. I always explain my level but am fearless. So I explain its art and the artists interpretation of the piece maybe different but I will work with them and my shop is always open. Yet I think people who want good quality work can see the difference in someone who takes enough time to please them and try rather than the guy down the street who turns out 2 a day for 250.

    So yes while it is easier to learn the basics of taxidermy because of information available now I believe it's also easier for the quality customer that cares to see the faults in shabby work. Technology makes it easier for good customers who have the money to see there is more than a basic shoulder mount out there but they've never had their cheap home town guy offer to do that.
  20. RichMO

    RichMO Well-Known Member

    I think this subject needs to be moved to the "Taxidermy Industry" section.