Do you see the number of dedicated taxidermists going up, down, or staying about the same? Not a negative post just curious what your thoughts are. I see a full-time taxidermist in my area is retiring, and another is throwing in the towel as he has other commitments, and can work somewhere else for more money and less stress. A lot of the people I knew when I was involved in the state taxidermy association have left the field years ago. Some died early. BTW just ordered a piece of driftwood and a pair of eyes and the total bill was about $50.00 and that was using USPS. I usually order more at a time but there are times when that is not an option. A typical order for me is a few hundred dollars and when I hear the total I'm like, "I didn't think I ordered that much." ;D I can't believe what fish mannikins cost these days compared to just a decade ago. Yeah Yeah increase your prices blah blah blah, but there is a limit to that. Fortunately I have diversified and am finding local sources wherever I can. Looks like I will go back to carving all my mannikins if I can find a local source for the blue foam billets. (The local source I talked to wanted me to buy a minimum of 20). There was a time when I didn't believe carving my own mannikins was cost effective due to the time saved by buying some, but I believe that is no longer the case. I do use the half cast method for my panfish.