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Commercial Deer Head Mounting

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Dave Byrd, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. Dave Byrd

    Dave Byrd Active Member

    How many heads in a day do you commercial guys try to mount? I've been trying to increase my speed and productivity. Yesterday I mounted 4 heads back to back. I started at 6am, broke for an hour at lunch and finished up around 6pm. It was a long day but not as bad as I thought. I would like to be able to mount 5 -6 in a day if thats even being realistic?
  2. Dave , my friend , I thought many many years ago. Blow through them! , did as many as 6 a day hummping it a few times.
    My average then was 3 every day.
    All I managed to do was burn myself out.
    Thats when you start letting stuff go
    (mistakes, flaws, errors) that you normally wouldn’t.
    My point is your better off just doing 1 or 2 ever day. That gives you time to prepare skins for the next day. Finish some that are dry. Work on other items. My goal is 6 a week, as long as i get that , im good with myself!!!!!

    Steady is better than fast.!!
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2019
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  3. I do 1 a day then prep for the next. I occasionally do 2.
  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    I Agree with buck 1 or 2 a day and prep for the next day, if I have time or feel up to it. Shop size also dictates just how many I can have on the stands or drying wall as well.
  5. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    There was a video on here a while back of a guy fast forwarding through doing a bunch in one day. He had already done all the prep though including the ear liners so he only needed to mount them up. I usually do my prep work right before mounting, so I only do one or two per day. I can only dry about 20 at a time, so there is no point in rushing too much.
  6. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    There's an old saying, " If you want it fast, cheap, and good, you can pick 2 of the 3." There's a lot to be said for that, especially if you're concerned about speed. In an early life, I felt 4 was the minimum in a day until I realized that they all looked like crap when they were finished. When I reduced it and started being critical of my work, that all changed and 1 a day was about the average.
    There are two types of taxidermists out there: artists and craftsmen. The artist takes as long as necessary to produce work that he can be justifiably proud of. The craftsman is looking to make money and all too often "that's good enough" simply ain't. I'd suggest you put your stop watch down if you intend on being in business next year. Your customers will fall into line with your work and those that hang on really don't care what their mount looks like as long as they get it "before Christmas". You'll "never get those prices in your area" simply because you're catering to the bottom level of clients. If you're any good, you're headed for a burnout (been there enough times to know that for a fact) OR you thought this was a get-rich-quick schtick and you'll be doing something else in a couple of years. If you aren't spending just as much time prepping your form as our are putting the skin on it, you're already spinning your wheels.
  7. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    If I have the cape already tanned I can do one a day. Shaving the face area, eyes and lips, doing earliners, prepping the mannikin with a rougher and files, cutting slots, drillng out nose and ducts, boring eye hole, epoxy-sculpt the antler butts, clay work, sewing........ etc,etc,etc. I can't imagine trying do more than one without forgetting one of these critical steps!
  8. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    I don't do deer but I've found that for me if I can just motivate myself to work 8 hours a day/5 days a week w/o forking around on here that I get a LOT done! ;)
  9. Kerby Ross

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



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  10. Dave Byrd

    Dave Byrd Active Member

    I really appreciate all the feedback. I definitely don't need burn out (just went through that after 25 years in my previous profession) and I certainly don't want to become a meatball taxidermist. I'll stick with 2 a day instead of trying to knock 'em all out at once.
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  11. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    if i get one a day im as happy as getting a kiss from a preaty girl. ( my wife ).:D
  12. Jerry Huffaker

    Jerry Huffaker Well-Known Member

    I do two nice deer head size game heads a day, and can finish one maybe two depending on interruptions.
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  13. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    You forget I was doing taxidermy before Al Gore invented the internet and likely before Ken Edwards' dad dreamed of having a son.
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  14. I'm lucky to get 1 done in a day
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  15. Key word there for me is: "Interruptions"

    I have way to many myself, between taxidermy and fleshing machines!

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  16. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    I stopped answering my phone about 5 years ago due to RoboCalls and interruptions. I figure if a potential customer wants me they will leave a message. Most are price shoppers anyway so no skin off of my scrotom!
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