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The "First Rule" of fish taxidermy.....

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by dougp, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. Timjo

    Timjo Active Member

    Do your best in making the fish look like it's alive or simulating an attitude of life.
  2. Perca

    Perca Well-Known Member


  3. EA

    EA Well-Known Member

    #1 Rule--- get 50% deposit up front.
  4. dougp

    dougp Active Member

    LOL! Marty you're right about JoshK. I wish he would come on here more often.

    Timjo....you certainly rise to excellence in achieving what you posted. Beautiful representations!

    EA....That IS a good rule.....but not what my friend and I decided was THE most important.

    I think when I tell the answer that we concluded was the very FIRST rule in what we are attempting to achieve in our work you will agree that it at least has a lot of merit. In the very least it should prompt a lot of discussion about why it is or is not the most important.

    I'd like to wait 'til tomorrow morning before telling what we decided as our answer to the question. Hopefully to get more input from others.

    What do you think????????
  5. bnoody

    bnoody Member

    I'll bite, its study your subject. The first and most important thing is to know your subject. How it moves, behaves, where it lives, the anatomy and its appearance at various stages of its life cycle. If you really learn your subject, all else in taxidermy will follow. If you don't really know and understand your animal, you will struggle to achieve the results your after.
  6. dougp

    dougp Active Member

    Good one Brian....I agree that is VERY important........buuut....at least, not what we concluded.

    I'm really interested in what you will think when I/we tell our answer......

    Anybody else .......????
  7. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    First rule...always make sure the mounted fish is larger than the dead one. On fish, size matters, everything else is secondary.
  8. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member

    Get paid WELL by DOING well
  9. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    There are no rules!

    That rings a bell. If that's right then I probably heard it somewhere and most likely when training with you 17 years ago - lol!

    P.S. I like Joey's answer!
  10. hambone

    hambone Well-Known Member

    Make sure you understand what the customer wants and do your best to satisfy them without compromising your standards.
  11. KAMoHunter

    KAMoHunter Proud member of the WVTA

    IN my opinion its presentation.
  12. Jim McNamara

    Jim McNamara Well-Known Member

    Speaking as a commercial Taxidermist only I think the #1 thing is to make a profit. So much of what has been said matters but in the end if you can not make a living at it your just spinning your wheels.
    I don't imagine that's the answer being searched for though.
  13. Brian W

    Brian W Well-Known Member

    Well.....I can tell you Doug, whats most important to ME in "achieving my goals" still is the anatomy piece. I take a step back and think about your question again and, in my small hobbyist world, the most important area to me personally is the pride I feel when see what I've accomplished and the satisfaction I get when a customer absolutely loves what I've done. If I ever lose that desire to give give someone a little piece of me in their fish, then it loses some meaning.
    So, the answer is personal satisfaction (the love of the game) for yourself and your customer in sharing the gift you have..........that you've stopped the hands of time in preservation of the moment, the fish, and the recipient to enjoy for years to come......
  14. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member

    The first rule is use 2 eyes.....
  15. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Well-Known Member

    I think I got a better "first" rule. Skin the fish and mount it before painting it.
  16. roonie

    roonie Member

    why did this not get finished by DougP? What is the answer DougP
  17. I'll second the bump. A thoroughly entertaining read...with a disappointing ending.....or lack thereof.

    Inquiring minds want to know!
  18. 1fish2fish

    1fish2fish Well-Known Member

    It's wear PPE.
  19. Dangit...that was my second guess.
  20. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    A happy customer who will bring you more work and sends his friends. Everything else means nothing if you don't have that. JL