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What's On You Workbench 2020

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by BrookeSFD16, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. Wally Gator

    Wally Gator Well-Known Member

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    59B6746C-914C-48FE-894E-F41356D3D11C.jpeg My first turkey rug. The skin is on plywood. I then made a grid on insulation board to assure symmetry. After reviewing this picture I made a couple minor tweaks to the wings to correct symmetry. I always find something to adjust when I review pics.
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  2. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    If you left some meat in there it will always smell. Since you had so much trouble with this bird i would just pluck out the eyes and scrap the bird. Toss it up as experience and move on to the next one. You will be much happier in the long run. As i mentioned before, we all learn from our mistakes.
     
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  3. I mean, I did put Balmex in the wings to preserve anything I missed. It’s probably just how the meat smells then.
     
  4. Jim McNamara

    Jim McNamara Well-Known Member

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    That’s one nice turkey rug now!
    Balmex , haven’t heard about that stuff for ages! If you got most of the meat out it should dry eventually but if not it might draw bugs. Did you use borax in the wing?

    True story, when I did my first couple birds I used balmex to preserve the wings. Never turned them or anything. Friend still has a bufflehead I did for him and it’s still got the grease stains on the wings too!!! Stuff we believed!
     
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  5. bucksnort10

    bucksnort10 Well-Known Member

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    Wally, That grid pattern is an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing your work. It is nicely done. Will you add more (ie head?) later? The feathering is quite a bit darker than our turkeys here in Wisconsin, especially in the larger wing feather groups. Is the coloring common in your area?
     
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  6. Wally Gator

    Wally Gator Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the compliment and encouragement Bucksnort. I am not going to put a head on it, though I have seen some with head that look great. There is currently a piece of clear plastic where the head would be holding the feathers in place.
    Regarding color, this one was a little darker than others. Many have more gold in the tail, such as the one attached which I mounted three weeks ago.
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  7. Yeah, do you think the meat could still dry if it was rotting. I think it probably would because when I had finished skinning this bird, I had thrown the carcass outside, checked the next day, it was gone because of coyotes. But, there was one piece of meat left that the flies partially ate for that day and then I found it 3 days later and it was all completely dry. It didn’t have a smell or anything. But, yeah, that’s what I forgot to do. Put borax in the WINGS. Do you think I should try to put some borax in there to dry out the meat, or should I just try to remove the meat.
     
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  8. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    Remove the meat.. Balmex was originally used in the funeral industry as a powder to sprinkle in the mouth and abdomen areas. Would not actually preserve anything just slow down the decay process and help remove mosture. Rotted, dried meat is still rotted dried meat and is not sanitary. Bringing a rotten, sun dried mouse in your house and sitting it in your kitchen would not be good even if it did not smell. If you want to excel as a taxidermist you really must make sure you complete every task involved in taxidermy to its fullest and that requires removing all meat and fat on every specimen.
     
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  9. Thanks, I’ll try to remove the meat. By the way, Balmex is now a type of liquid that you inject into the meat. At least that’s the type of Balmex that I have.
     
  10. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member


    If you would have purchased a good DVD from a company like Taxidermy Training Unlimited, Research Mannikins or McKenzie, you would have avoided a lot of trouble with your mount. If you care about the animal/ bird you owe it to do your best, which won't happen without investment in training.
     
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  11. bucksnort10

    bucksnort10 Well-Known Member

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    Quite a few taxidermy supply sites offer great videos showing one of their taxidermists mounting both a flying and standing bird. I highly recommend viewing some of them. (IE McKenzie and Matuska. And there are probably even more.)

    They make it look easy. : ) My skill set and ability is no where near good as theirs. Ha
     
  12. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

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    Balmex has been offered as a liquid for a long, long time. I bought a container of it when I first started in the late 70's. I still have that container which is about 7/8th full of it
     
  13. ARUsher

    ARUsher Active Member

    I like this a lot! This is exactly what I was thinking about doing with the next turkey one of my sons harvest. Thanks for sharing this!
     
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  14. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    That rug is really nice.
     
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  15. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I too, still have about 1/2 a bottle of Balmex from the late 80's. I used it a few times and came to the conclusion that it was laziness in a bottle.

    I did have the glorious experience of the needle going through the wing of a bird and into my finger and I then somehow did a reactionary injection, which left a large bump in my finger that remained painful for quite sometime, like weeks.
     
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  16. spurhunter

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    Really nice. And good idea on the grid pattern, one I will be using. Thank you.
     
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  17. bucksnort10

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  18. AFTHUNT

    AFTHUNT Active Member

    My first! Let the grooming begin!:) 20200723_052938.jpg
     
  19. bucksnort10

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    Oh Tom (pun intended), that is awesome.
    It looks in great shape already!
     
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  20. AFTHUNT

    AFTHUNT Active Member

    I have 2 more to put together today.
     
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