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Best Place To Get Carving Foam

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Rob43, Apr 26, 2019.

  1. Rob43

    Rob43 Member

    Does anyone have any suggestions on the best place to get carving foam for fish manikins?
  2. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Home depot sells the blue dock foam online

  3. Maineiac36

    Maineiac36 Active Member

    Anglers Artisitry Rick Krane
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  4. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Far none better than Anglers Artistry
    No comparison to the blue foam or any others that Ive tried. Just wish he could get the wood carvers foam back but the expense !!!
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  5. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Yes the shipping expense for most of it is crazy ,the only reason I use blue foam is I can pick it up locally.
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  6. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Same here. Well, and the cheap cost! I can get the Dow billets for about a 1/4 the price of the high end foam if you count all costs (shipping too). Certainly the most cost-effective way to go and a small price to pay for having dust everywhere! Also, fyi if you like a denser foam Dow also offers billets called "Square Edge" (or at least use to offer) that leave a bit less dust and won't dent as easily. Tougher to carve though is the drawback with Square Edge.
  7. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I found a place to buy the denser foam 60 miles from me,125 for a block 110 for shipping ,if I didn't mind Chicago traffic I would pick it up myself.
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  8. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    Why don't you copy and paste the link to the Home Depot page so we don't have to search through 30 pages of boat dock flotation devices. I gave up after 6 pages......
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  9. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    The only foam I've ever seen them sell is the 2" stuff....
  10. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    It's sold by Tommy docks ,Wausau wisconsin,866 675 1880,they ship it to home depot you pick it up there ,go to home depots web site put in flotation log it will show you the size.,order online .
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  11. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Here ya go:

    That's more than double the price I was getting them for though!
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  12. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    But cheaper than a taxidermy supplier ,maybe they hide a shipping fee in there.
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  13. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    I think you are correct on both!
  14. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    Frank, check out the better sign shops as they use this foam also. My son carved several signs out of this foam and they may have scraps or can get it for you.