First of all I gotta say I respect anyone that can do taxidermy well! After months of watching videos, reading, asking questions I thought I was ready to mount my first deer head. Once I started, I had to keep watching the steps in video as I did them cause I was simply overwhelmed at the task as I did it. Rick Carter really made it look simple in his DVD!! Everything was going fine until I had to sew the entire cape closed since I split the back all the way down. Then all hell broke loose! Also trying to close the cape around the form did not work, it was roughly 3 inches apart from closing so I began shaving the form like a mad man. After a whole lot of shaving, the cape still didn't come together on the bottom half of the form. So I stitched the cape together then slid it onto the form and wallah!! It went on...onto a small form from all the shaving! I had trouble getting the ear liners into the ear butts cause I suck and because I stitched the back up too high to the antlers. Under the ear butts by the face is where I shaved a lot of the form away and you can see it in the pics. I was going to add some clay, but once I got the liners in the butts I didn't want to take them out as it was really tough to get them in. Also ruined all my clay work around the eyes while pulling the cape over it. I really thought it would look like a lot of you more experienced taxi's mounts. Boy was I wrong! Lol. Here's some pics of it now in its drying stage. Critique away please in case I'm not seeing something that will help me on my next one.