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carving fish bodies

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Lonewolf_8126, Jun 13, 2015.

  1. Can anyone point me in the right direction of a tutorial on carving fish bodies. I keep carving them the way I was taught in school, but they turn out really horrible. I am almost ready to give up and strictly use commercial mannikans.
  2. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

  3. Diamondhitch

    Diamondhitch I hunt therefore I am.

    Man I wish I was that fast :D Lol
  4. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Keep in mind there are more ways than one to carve a fish body and like anything else the more you do it the easier it gets and the better they look.

    Once you've carved them long enough (30 years for me) all you need is a pattern without measurements and a few test fits and you're good to go.

    That said I use mannikins for all my commercial non-panfish except trout and salmon as I don't like the mess the foam makes, and feel the rigid foam is too costly for the amount you get and the shipping to make it competitive with mannikins. Unfortunately the foam dock billets are not an option for me in my area.

    I use the half cast method for all the panfish I do.