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Taxidermy Mistakes Can They Be Fixed

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Eric Alexander, Feb 22, 2020.

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. Eric Alexander

    Eric Alexander New Member

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    I shot a large 8 point buck it is the first deer I have had mounted . They guy did a bad job on the stiching. He also dident stitch up the bullet enteance hole . Is this something that can be fixed being that the hide is dry . Also the exit wound caused a 7 inch cut in the lower portion of the deer he looks sloppy
     
  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Possibly, but could be a lot involved. He you look at the taxidermist work before you left it and how much did you pay for the mount ? I can see most holes to the point you can’t see them , but the shorter the hair the harder to hide .
     

  3. Rausch

    Rausch Well-Known Member

    Post pics. No way to know without pics of the damage
     
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  4. Eric Alexander

    Eric Alexander New Member

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    Yeah I checked his work out befor they looked really good . It seems like he just slapped mY mount together . I payed 525 dollers
     
  5. Eric Alexander

    Eric Alexander New Member

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    Here is a pick of the cut
     

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  6. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    If the mount is not the norm for his work, take it back and tell him to fix it
     
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  7. Eric Alexander

    Eric Alexander New Member

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    Entry bullet hole
     

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  8. Eric Alexander

    Eric Alexander New Member

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    This is the whole mount
     

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  9. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Yes that cut could have been sewed so you would have never known it was there . Is hide tanned or dry preserved ?
     
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  10. Eric Alexander

    Eric Alexander New Member

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    Yeah I'm kinda to the point of not letting him go any where near it and take it to some body else . Check the pics out and tell me what you think . I may be over reacting
     
  11. Eric Alexander

    Eric Alexander New Member

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    I think dry preserved . Do you think if I take it to some body else they will be able to fix it being the hide is dry now ?
     
  12. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    They could of been fixed from the get but depends on a lot of things now but yes I’d be upset from the get
     
  13. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    It’s possible , and they could tell you if it was tanned or not .
     
  14. Eric Alexander

    Eric Alexander New Member

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    Let me ask him
     
  15. Eric Alexander

    Eric Alexander New Member

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    I talked to the guy he said it was dry preserved will this make it harder to fix ?
     
  16. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Yep , not saying you can rehydrate those spots and repair , but you will be taking a chance on the hide slipping , if you brought it to me I’d tell you I’ll try to repair using same cape but be prepared to recape it if things go south. I would never mount anything bigger then a squirrel with dry preserve . There are some on here that do L/S deer with DP and they look decent, but your not going to convince me that over time it will look the same . Hides need to breath , expand and contract , DP is just that dry and continues to dry , and is one reason stitches start to pucker and hair stands up . Like I said from your pics if done right from the start , you would never have seen those spots . Goodluck, im sure you will find someone in your area to fix you issues, but it might not be cheap , and really shouldn’t be .
     
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  17. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I'm not sure about the slippage issue as I've had to repair lots of them over the years. It's basically a flint dried hide and wetting them down with warm water and a water softener overnight usually does the trick. HOWEVER, a DP hide will form a "memory" and often such visible repairs don't mend well. The memory makes them pucker and can cause hair to whorl. I would take it back to the guy who did it. If you take it someplace else, you're going to pay extra for a crappy job you've already paid for. Both those repairs would have been so easily fixed had they been done before the hide was put on that form. The guy is charging a premium price and you paid it. You have every expectation of having premium work done.
     
  18. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    I wouldn't expect a premium job for $525 (including panel) these days. I charge $100 for a panel, so basically a $425 mount, which is hardly premium. For that I'd expect a cheap DPed job with plenty of flaws, which is what he got. As for fixing it: To sew up the damage you'd need to re hydrate a large area to get enough stretch to get it to come together and it looks like some trimming would be needed too get rid of damaged hair. Not a real simple repair. If I were doing it I'd charge about $200 and maybe more if there were other unseen problems. Definitely go back to the original taxidermist, but don't get your hopes up. If he or she put out such poor quality work, don't expect a great repair job.
     
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  19. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Panels, WHEN REQUESTED, are always extra and have nothing to do with the price of the mount. I never included them in the price and discouraged customers from wasting money in buying them. Panels went out in the 40s and 50s and tend to be a distraction to the mount itself. I've had several clients end up bringing expensive walnut and cherry panels back to be removed because the wife said that it didn't match the furniture. And badmouthing a mount because it was done with DP only shows that you've never used it yourself. Just in the last few years one taxidermist won at the Nationals with a DP mount and I've seen his long term work that still looks as good as it did when he completed it. Don Stevens won at the Nationals with a DP mount and I know of 2 large shops that charge top dollar who use DP and Stop Rot on their mounts. I know far more taxidermists who insist on using tanned hides yet produce crappy work than I do DP guys.
     
  20. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    I'm looking at that mount and think you are being very picky. What you are calling an exit area on the brisket appears to be a skinning cut to me...your taxidermist didn't do that...you did. I can't see anything that is worth making an issue over. Appears to be a much better than average commercial mount. If you want bullet holes to be totally invisible, shoot farther back on the next one you harvest.