SkyWalker-- well said. Some guys are definitely more talented artists than others in the industry. They facilitate the rest of us with their forms and products. And it does take some talent, but taxidermy can be taught. Probably not at the highest level, but at a level high enough to please customers and not receive ridicule from peers. An individual with desire can take today's materials and produce a quality piece with some practice and education. Not everyone,, but probably more than we are willing to admit. Most people just don't care or have enough time. The best "artist" I personally know in taxidermy is also the worst businessman. It takes a lot of talent in many arenas to become successful in the industry. And success isn't always dictated by the number of "Best Of" ribbons on the wall. I tell all my clients that taxidermy is an art and you have to find an artist whose style appeals to you, but also has a personality, price, and timeframe you can work with.