1. Welcome to Taxidermy.net, Guest!
    We have put together a brief tutorial to help you with the site, click here to access it.

How To Do A Marsh/swamp Habitat

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by 13 point, Aug 8, 2020.

  1. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    43429CE9-9E08-410F-9389-1863A9575B0C.jpeg 3F3DCA94-4B84-4076-84BC-6C46859F1BBC.jpeg 8108F89A-93D4-4B9F-A4BD-6BEBF5564B36.jpeg 8EE7A495-8C00-4766-A767-E19D3911730D.jpeg CBE79EB7-ACB9-44B3-92D6-A29A692FBC2B.jpeg 7183AC37-FDE9-4108-AAB1-1A2194B22239.jpeg E4D0F711-B009-481A-A6C8-6921EBE537A4.jpeg 3A9786B9-C8A9-4115-84FC-FEF46C0CE1C7.jpeg 1FE150B8-B953-4215-9372-7680D1F35BBF.jpeg 34721557-924D-4C36-BD2E-178D68A91191.jpeg I’m going to add how I fixed the back as at first they wanted a wall mount . It’s all in the details
     
    Jordan Park likes this.
  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    885B77B4-58A2-4E23-9CFA-333AB6287A75.jpeg 3EB5D95F-95FF-43D5-B007-52722FAFF943.jpeg D4C70818-2600-48EC-9794-DEB7D174FE92.jpeg 83FB7C02-F890-454A-817D-C9945C258042.jpeg 357DC957-7D5A-490F-9089-BE77851867AD.jpeg 19A30353-7DBF-4865-A526-7E4B7F0BF205.jpeg 7EB5C9D6-2B58-458F-8C64-C5F559E302EE.jpeg 3AB2F914-27F4-4F27-843E-0D282C08318C.jpeg 98539453-AE81-473A-A3D0-5A9A10DCA805.jpeg 062CCB38-C279-4D38-BC09-50CED132DBF5.jpeg I incerted a square rod in back of mounted deer , fiberglassing it in . I pulled all the staples I had in back and then cut hide being careful not to cut hair , I had the cabnet guy send me some small extra boards I glue together, made a pattern of the back and cut boards to pattern. Then I finished it and glued and nailed to back for a matching finish
     

  3. ARUsher

    ARUsher Active Member

    Awesome work sir!
     
    13 point likes this.
  4. Whitelightnin

    Whitelightnin Active Member

    53
    112
    Very nice work 13 point!
     
    13 point likes this.
  5. crablover

    crablover Well-Known Member

    188
    446
    Glen, why did you use the nasty marsh frag? It will be everywhere in the clients house. My property is surrounded by it and it sucks. One of downfalls of living in Kent Narrows
     
  6. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Gee thanks for saying it looks nice . I will disagree with you to the fullest on that I have mounts in my shop and at clients show rooms for over 10 years , with no issues, the trick is very simple , extra hold hair spray, I spray when I cut and then again as I’m putting in scene , you could shake the chit out of them and nothing I’ll say it again nothing comes out .
     
  7. crablover

    crablover Well-Known Member

    188
    446
    Glen, didn't mean to offend you in any way. Knowing how nasty frag tops are, I did not know nor did you state that you used hair spray to treat the seed tails. Sorry if I offended you
     
  8. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    That is just beautiful. That's a real STAG you have there as well. I just have a couple points.
    1. Have you ever added black lacquer to your foam after you have it mixed? It slows the foaming down a bit, lays much easier and is so damned sticky that it covers anything.
    2. Having hunted those little suckers for nearly 30 years, I know their refuge habitat is damned near impenetrable. Now I have to RESPECTFULLY ask why you didn't make the habitat busier. With that pedestal the mount would have been easily seen over most stuff out there like the switch grass it lives in. I do know that quality diorama materials are becoming rarer by the day and I always hated "natural" grasses as the normal wear and tear often left them destroyed after a few years. Just asking what your thoughts were there.

    I'm sure your client will be elated over that piece. I just KNOW you did some serious altering to get a form to fit that brute. Great job as usual.
     
  9. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    George, Bruce this is how I do it , never said wasn’t othere ways as there are a ton , Bruce if you read i never said what I put in my scene just said whatever grasses and materials you want to use here is how you attach them, so there was no need to explain how to preserve the frag , Not offended to bad but if you think after 35 years I’m going to put something in a scene that will make a terrible mess at my clients place or my show room , Well . I guess you could have ask instead of stated what you did .

    George thanks for the compliment. To answer your question, if I had anything that sticky , it would be all over everything lol . I like the foam to harden , it allows me to trim and add and subtract kinda thing . I could have added a lot of stuff to the scene as there are so many things in a eastern shore marsh , that said I learned along time ago don’t let your base/habitat over power your mount , I feel much more would be pushing that limit . This was to show the beginners a direction to go , a starting place as you will , opinions that could be added are endless.
    Thanks to all for the likes and kind words plus the messages sent . Glad I could help .

    My client is a static says he can’t stop looking at it and has a bigger stag ( a 8pt he sent pics of ) if he gets he wants L/S Mount of in a marsh scene.
     
    Jordan Park likes this.
  10. Jordan Park

    Jordan Park Active Member

    161
    28
    Hey 13 point, thanks so much for posting this! Very detailed and very helpful to those (me) who hasn’t made habitat bases yet.
    I love it!

    How do you bug bomb the driftwood and is it necessary to do it if the driftwood has been sitting in the garage for a year already?

    Thanks!
     
  11. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the kind words, glad to help . As far as bug bombing your drift wood , I would still do it as even in a garage it could still have small insects in it so just find a smaller area even use a tarp to section off an area . Put wood inside and set bug bombs off . Just follow directions of bombs , I usually set 2 off and leave for 24 hours then air it out for a day . Then I’ll brush it off and seal it with something flat in finish.
     
    Jordan Park, ARUsher and Lance.G like this.
  12. desertfox505

    desertfox505 New Member

    10
    7
    Great work 13 point!