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The Month in Fish Pictures "Year10" July Independence day Edition 2016!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Rick Krane, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. Rick Krane

    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    The Month in Fish Pictures "Year10" July Independence day Edition 2016!!!!!!!

    A warm hello from Hinsdale New Hampshire! This weekend here in our great nation we call the united States Of America is a special time as we as citizen celebrate the day of our independence and freedom. We are truly a passionate bunch and a generous and caring folks too. Freedom is nothing to take lightly as people give their lives to assure the right that we as citizen have it! So celebrate freedom and celebrate the day you have which is the most important of all and that is this day!

    I wan to send out a request for some prayer for our friends in West Virginia. They had what is known as a thousand year flood and are in need of our prayers! Reach out to your friends there to make sure they are OK!

    July is a great month to head out and get some fishing in or get caught up on the taxidermy projects!! The kids are out of school and the Summer has official begun so enjoy the life you have!

    The Northern New England Taxidermy Show in Maine is coming the first weekend in August so if you can attend the upcoming taxidermy show as it is a great one! The Value of attending a Local Taxidermy show is such a great opportunity to learn and make new friends! The opportunities are there for seminars and to be inspired by the great work you’ll see when you attend. You will make lifelong friends and if its not your first show you will have a chance to see old friends and visit with great suppliers. I hope to see you at the Northern New England Taxidermy Show in Maine this first weekend in August!

    2016 The year of Inspiration! This year I want to you to find inspiration in the work you do and the work of others! Each and every month folks have the courage to display there work and share their talents regardless of where they are in the pursuit of learning taxidermy to demonstrate all levels of skill. This is a great and a brave thing to give to all of us as a gift of inspiration.

    Once again want to thank and commend all of you, as there are so countless unique contributors and many new ones alike that all share in this great string that has been around from many, many years now! I just want to remind and assure folks that we all begin some where and work hard at being the best we can all be as taxidermists. It is and always has been a spot on the taxidermy.net where folks can and do come to show there work with out criticism and hard comments! So lets remember to always keep it that way. As the moderator of this section I do not get to involved with censorship not do I ever want too. So be respectful of all and remember we all have a long way to go and should be enjoying the processes!

    What a truly outstanding Month in June this past month was as the last month of the calendar year for the month in Fish pictures! Thanks to all the friends sharing their gifts and talents! I took some time during the day week to see all the great looking at some truly inspiring works of fish art!

    We all share in fish pictures as a common place with friendliness and positive observations of inspiration as a great place to start in upward in direction of inspiration in being a fish taxidermist! I wish all the best to folks competing in the up coming year and I do wish all the very best in the pursuits of good fish work!

    I do hope you have the opportunity to be thankful for your gifts of great passion and talent as an artist! It is a blessing to me for our lives to be joined from time to time to share and learn from one another so thank you for your great taxidermy work and my your lives continue to be blessed with inspiration!!!!

    I want to personally say thank you for letting me join you again each installment of Fish Pictures to share in your successes and accomplishments! I have seen first hand the great strides so many have made with beautiful fish work! Good for you and congratulations on your hard work!!!!

    I want to also thank all of the great contributors who not only share their personal great talents and work but also rather give such positive inspiration to all of us!

    From beginner's to the best in the world we all join in every month in a critique free and hassle free string with nothing more then great artist and inspiring fish taxidermist and carves get together to share with one another their praise and inspiration of good will and friendship to one another. No egos just friendly folks who appreciate the efforts of others!

    I thought it would be different and fun to share a few photos of fish work in progress. We all have the opportunity to share work in progress so maybe a few photos of your work in progress this month might just be fun!

    I want to Start July with a very talented gentleman from Viola, Kansas Mr. David Selenke the owner of Kansas Wildlife Taxidermy. What pleasure it was to spend a week wit Dave and see some great saltwater fish get created! I hope you enjoy the work of David Selenke!

    So here goes!

    I hope you enjoy the Month of July! See you in July 2016!!!

    You're Friend

    Rick Krane

    Please enjoy the work of David Selenke!

    Dave’s Bull Dolphin!


    Dave’s Rooster fish!


    Dave’s Atlantic Sailfish!


    Hope to see you soon in my travels and be good to one another!

    God Bless you one and all and I hope you all have a safe and Blessed 2016!

    My Best!

    Rick Krane
    Anglers Artistry
    312 Chesterfield Road Hinsdale
    New Hampshire 03451
    [email protected]
  2. Kerby Ross

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

    Nice work Dave!

    Nice work Dave!



  3. Sweet fish!
  4. Billw

    Billw New Member

    All I have to say is WoW!
  5. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Here is an LCR Channel Cat Replica. I cut the bottom jaw off, and re-positioned it. It was wide open, and gaping. It finished out nice.


    Here is a closer shot of the head, with painted lense.

    Here is the back end.

    and here is a Plug-N-Paint Arp 3D smallmouth ready to be glossed.

    Please excuse the messy cradle

    head shot
  6. Re: The Month in Fish Pictures "Year10" July Independence day Edition 2016!!!!!!!

    Nice fish again, nice alteration Jimmy
    couple for me
    The walleye was tough for me to paint, did it 3 times. Should of had Ricks video.
    I need to quit taking pics with cellphone,

  7. Re: The Month in Fish Pictures "Year10" July Independence day Edition 2016!!!!

    Havent ever posted here before but love seeing everyones work. Here is my first "successfully" casted goldfish.

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  8. hambone

    hambone Active Member

    Good start to the month, also good to see new posters, welcome fishhead65 nice job.
  9. AnglingArtisan

    AnglingArtisan Well-Known Member

    Greenie repro(skin pecs/pelvics) and Rainbow skin mount(repro head/fins) :D

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  10. duxdog

    duxdog Active Member

    Lmbo Rich.....awesomeness
  11. Red stag

    Red stag Active Member

  12. ice

    ice Active Member

    First Ling, Repro

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  13. lastlook

    lastlook New Member

    Red tailed surf perch cast from the Washington coast. Took quite a few tries to finally get it right.

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  14. blkbearklr

    blkbearklr Yep I am retired living off my sugar mama!!!

    21 skin mounted brookie, with artificial head and one artificial fin all others are natural

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  15. A pair of walleyes that are headed up to the cabin.


    Before glossing them and at a different angle. The first pic they look pretty flat and stale.

    Feel free to critique publicly or shoot me a pm if the intention of this thread isn't to do that. There are a lot of things that are wrong that I can see so I'm sure there are many, many more that I'm not aware of. Both are skin mounts with real everything used. I did take the head off the bottom fish and fill by first coating it with a thick layer of bondo/resin and then filled in the rest with quick set mache so the overall shape didn't shrink down and then later rebuilt the shrunken areas using apoxie sculpt. It definitely helped when carving the body to have the head to match up the transition and body shape overall. The top fish is one I wish I had back to do again...oh well...I can live with it. Everyone that has seen the mount thinks they're great, like most customers tend to. The fish are from a small lake in central MN and were quite dark. The lake is about ten miles north of Mille Lacs and they were definitely darker than any walleyes I've caught from there...almost as dark as a Canadian shield lake walleye.

    These are the 6 & 7th fish I've done on my own. Prior to doing a handful of them recently I had only done one totally on my own about eight years ago. I worked at a shop where no one wanted to do fish so production would shut down for a couple days to do a batch of them. The owner carved all the bodies, we just skinned them out, then mounted and carded them the next day. I got stuck epo-gripping the fins, which I never understood the point behind doing them that way, and rebuilding the heads and painting them---which was all done off a schedule I couldn't alter and the owner would touch them up afterwards. I'd paint three or four walleyes in half a day and would've done more at a time if the paint booth was bigger. It seemed like the quicker I did them and less I cared about doing them the more he liked them. Basically I worked through them as fast as possible so I could get back to working on birds. So I have some experience doing fish...but not really. Haha

    Not ripping on the work we did at the shop, by the way. The fish were done efficiently, the customers loved them, and they made really good money. I didn't care for them personally but after going to some shows and seeing fish on here it kind of lowers your opinion of what is still an above average and high quality commercial mount.

    Here's one more I added after posting since they look really dark, darker than they actually are in the first pic. The corner they're hanging hardly has any light and it looks like I painted the tops black.
  16. Brian W

    Brian W Active Member

    great fish again this month......my taxi area is torn up with a basement redo so I have many sitting. Especially like the Smallie Jimmy and the Greenie Rich..........nice realism and details.
  17. fishncatalina

    fishncatalina Member

    And a Rainbow I did for an outfitter'

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  18. urmrk402

    urmrk402 Member

    Here is a Arp 3-D Small Mouth I just completed for a customer. It s an excellent product to work with. No prep, fine detail.