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couple questions before i start my turkey mount

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by wlf89, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. wlf89

    wlf89 New Member

    was lucky enough to get a good tom with 1 7/16 spurs and 10 in beard and gonna try my luck with taxidermy. looking to do a strutting mount. i am going of a video on youtube [urlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjIF8fsyA9o][/url] have a few questions.
    1. about how many t pins will i need?
    2.i have acess to plenty of sawdust will that work for the tumbler?
    3.going to make my own fleshing machine, is the wire brush finer and less stiff than a wire wheel you put on a drill or same thing?
    4.what size wire do i need for wings,legs, and neck?
    5. im gonna use wood wool for the body, what can i use to wrap the outside with cant find the fine tow like he uses in video.
    any help is appreciated im sure i will have more questions later.
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Slow down, freeze that bird and do some more research. If it were that damn easy, don't you think everyone would do it? If you are intent on doing this read up on it purchase at least one good video, the proper size form and materials, and go from there. If you are just planning to have a stuffer decoy than give it hell but if you have any hopes of having a halfway decent mount take your time.

  3. wlf89

    wlf89 New Member

    its in freezer and i have been studying this for a while just have finally killed a good bird. been wanting to get in taxidermy and now is good time as ever to try if i fail still have the beard spurs and fan so nothing lost. just need questions to few answers before i make a order for supplies so i can get what i need in one order
  4. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    I see no reason why this won't turn out beautiful.
  5. backcountrychad

    backcountrychad Active Member

    Man, you are picking the wrong species for your first attempt at taxidermy. Listen to 3bears.
  6. rnviper3

    rnviper3 New Member

    I agree with 3bears.
  7. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    On second thought, I agree with Cole, please post photos when you're done.
  8. John L

    John L Active Member

    I have mounted 1 turkey and 3 ducks so birds are not my forte yet but turkey's for a first project in taxidermy is like taking a shop class and trying to recreate the Empire State Building. These guys are right. Only reason my first turkey looked ok was hours of study and watch people like James, Page, and Mark mount ducks and picking their brains. The first time I washed a turkey I thought I lost every feather it had there was so much skin showing. Good luck and post picks.

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  9. I agree with the others. First thing I would do would be mount a pheasant. They are a good bird to start on. You can buy one from a game farm if you don't hunt them. A strutting turkey is not an easy turkey mount to start with either. Good luck.
  10. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    There are no good turkey mounting videos on youtube. Especially Jason Gierike's videos. Search the forum archives to find a good dvd. There is a thread here in the beginners section that lists all the good ones.
  11. wlf89

    wlf89 New Member

    so no answeres for my questions just telling me not to try it? i appreciate all the opionions but turkeys and deer are all im interested in and i have to start sometime like i said if i fail miserably oh well can still do a spur beard and fan mount. just need help with the supplies to order to give it a try.
  12. TWinter

    TWinter Winter taxidermy

    It's not that jason's video isn't any good, I've seen it, it is just outdated. Go to the suppliers sections and buy a turkey mounting cd to start with.
  13. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    OK OK, just another poster child for my claim: "You Can't Cure Stupid". So here's your answers.

    1. You don't need ANY T-pins. Using an excelsior body, the pins would be useless as they have no place to anchor.

    2. All sawdust isn't created equal. Taxidermists use HARDWOOD sawdust. It has little oil and no tar to gum up feathers. It has no color to stain feathers. HARDWOOD SAWDUST is what you need.

    3. A coarse wire brush wheel will work better on the tough turkey skin.

    4. You use the biggest wire you can get in the legs. Probably #6 for the legs and the wings will depend on if the bird is flying or standing.

    5. Wood wool should be soaked and then formed. Once formed, the the excelsior should be sewn to form the musculature and then wrapped with cotton thread. The neck can be made with macrame rope.

    Make sure you show us a picture of that wonder.
  14. Rick Carter

    Rick Carter Administrator

    Me too. Can't wait to see it.
  15. TD

    TD My GGG Grandfather John "Tanner John" King b 1820

    Best advise to you...Is don't practice on a nice Tom like that......
    Start with smaller birds.....save the big guy for when you get a few under your belt.....
  16. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    A strutter is the hardest bird to do with absolutely no experience. A video is just baby food. You will need to do a dozen birds before a light comes on and they start looking half nice. Good luck, and press on.
  17. rnviper3

    rnviper3 New Member

    You were given some good advise on doing a turkey mount. No one said don't do it at all, just learn more first. Watching one video on line will not make you know how to do it. If you really care to make a decent mount of your "trophy" bird, then do some more research. Just knowing what supplies to order will not make a passable mount. These people on this site are trying to help you, not discourage you from trying.
  18. duxdown

    duxdown New Member

    I guess it shocks me that any newbie would attempt to wrap a turkey body with all the decent foam body's out there. Look forward to seeing your finished bird.
  19. wlf89

    wlf89 New Member

    maybe i am really underestimating the job ahead of me he just makes it look so easy in the video i know its not going to be easy but doesnt look awful complicated i know its not going to turn out show quality. it will be this fall before i do it so i have some time what would be a good video for me to watch i have already cut the breast out so i have a cut from anus to above the breast so leg to leg method is out i guess.
  20. Get Tim Jordan's video.