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Opinions On Best High Volume Head Setup

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by ChasingWhitetail, Nov 23, 2018.

  1. In the last six months I have shifted from cleaning occasional skulls to having 30+ heads stacked up. Right now I am simply boiling them and peroxiding with 3%. I know it isn’t the best but most of my customers just want something that is decent and fast. To the point where some of them don’t even want it whitened so they can hang it up ASAP.

    What I’m thinking about doing is purchasing a shed and keeping a beetle station, degreasing station, and whitening station to eliminate the boiling method but still keep up a fairly fast turnaround time but increase the quality of my work. Feeding beetles year round is not an issue for me.

    What is everyone’s opinion, reccomendations, and personal experiences on this idea? I’ve looked through several threads but haven’t figured out a solid shed-centric idea yet.
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  2. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Make sure the shed is solid to keep out flies and whatnot. Any openings should have screens of a fine enough mesh to keep out pests. Some will still get in but you won't be swarmed by them. Insulate it so you can effectively heat it in the winter. Set it up so you can adequately ventilate it to disperse odors as well as keep the interior humidity from skyrocketing.

    I do all my skulls the same. I won't turn out a half done head or rush jobs. My name goes out the door with these and I won't have someone show an old, yellowed and grungy skull to someone years down the road and say that I was the one that did that job. Bad advertising IMHO. I tell clients that it takes time to turn out something of quality. I have a couple of skulls that were just boiled and whitened. I hand these over to be looked at, then hand them a skull that had a 3 or 4 month wait time. I have never had someone ask for the 2 day job .. though I do occasionally get pestered by folks that get antsy with waiting. I have the whole process written out with estimated times from start to finish and each client reads and signs this.
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  3. That’s why I am considering a shed- most garden sheds have windows to slow for ventilation and better temperature/humidity control.

    What I’m doing right now is a spur off of personal projects. I don’t like turning out anything less than absolutely perfect work but right now with this volume that is hard. I’m trying to move to a setup that will allow me to comfortably take longer with projects.

    I need a workspace where people will not stop in and see their project and want it immediately regardless of point in time. It will also give me an area I can lock, so that I won’t have to stop and start every night and morning for fear of theft. We have had break in attempts where I am at and I cannot risk a skull being stolen, so everything gets turned off and pulled in at night.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2018
  4. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    That is a shame about the theft issue. Sad. Fortunately, I have an assorted collection of huskies and malamutes and, though they would not harm anyone, their size and appearance (and howling) has been enough to deter even clients that want to come and see. There are others on here that have outbuildings and large scale operations. I have beetles but they are in the house and only used for small, delicate things. I macerate now ... and ... no one wants to get near that. :)
  5. skullclnr

    skullclnr Active Member

    I do a fairly high volume, but like SeaWolf said can't mix quality with speed, there is just no way to do it I have found a good balance but I still am a few weeks on a deer and that doesn't count the time in line. But I have repeat customers all the time because I do throw out quality. Here is a pic of a couple of days ago in my shop. Just keep them coming in you will figure it out, I used to worry about 30 now 300 doesn't phase me. 20181117_153050.jpg
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  6. skullclnr... have a pic of that bighorn ram on the shelf put together?
  7. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    LOL. Spotted that too. Is that a keeper or a clients? Need to show that one. :)
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    hat is what I do. I have a 12x24 shed with power. That way the stink is all In one area . Lol
  9. skullclnr

    skullclnr Active Member

    Getting ready to put horns back on the ram this week so I will get a pic. It is for a customer unfortunately :(
  10. skullclnr

    skullclnr Active Member

    Here is the sheep, went home today :( and another of the chaos!

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  11. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    But what grand chaos it is. :) Was that ram shot or was it a pickup? Nice bear on the freezer btw. By the wear on the teeth it looks like an old one.
  12. skullclnr

    skullclnr Active Member

    Good eye on the bear, that's a thread to come.