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How Long Until You Know Ya Failed?

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Dingo.303, Sep 15, 2020.

  1. Dingo.303

    Dingo.303 New Member

    hey gents, how long after ya do ya mount an hang er on the wall, do ya know that Hey- this just aint workin LOL?

    or like, Damn, what is goin on with that?

    what they call alum tanned? preserved, whatever, how long can you or would u be expecting a mount to last before starting to show Signs (what sort of signs) that its going South?

    Thanks all
  2. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Taxidermy that is exhibited in climate controlled areas will last for decades. I have mounts that I did myself over 50 years ago.

  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    If tanned correctly at the start, 50 to 100 years easily.
  4. I still have some of my first mounts from 1978 when I was in six grade and learning from the North Western School of Taxidermy they do not look the best as I was just learning but they are still holding out hide and skin wise
  5. Dingo.303

    Dingo.303 New Member

    i will try again,

    how soon, will the mount start to show issue if its not properly done?
  6. Westcoast

    Westcoast Active Member

    Immediately or shortly there after. Your question is too vague, if not properly tanned it might fall apart before it’s even completed. It’s like asking how quick a junky car will break down. There is no definitive answer to your question.
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  7. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    You are dealing with a dead perishable item. How long it will take depends entirely on you and how you have taken care of it. I see "tanned" used a lot and that's a BS term at best that taxidermists like to throw around. No one seems to have a standard definition of what that word means. What's a "good tan" versus a "bad tan"? I mounted a squirrel with salt and talcum powder in 1958 that still looked just as bad as the day it was mounted until the house burned down. I have a whitetail that's about 40 years old mounted with DP that has the same qualities as the very last animal of my own I mounted about 5 years ago. If you live in a dry area, mounts tend to stay in a suspended state longer than it humid areas or stored in damp areas where heat and cold vary. I know of one man who was a national champion who mounted a deer hide without any type of preservation method and that mount is going on 40 years know and looks very similar to the matching deer he mounted that was tanned.
  8. Westcoast

    Westcoast Active Member

    George is absolutely right! I used the word “tanned” in my answer, at which point the word “preserved” is more accurate. The word “tanned” is too often used as a generality when it is actually very specific.
  9. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    If you have to ask, then you or it failed !
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  10. Dave York

    Dave York Well-Known Member

    When you’re finished with whatever you mount and are ready to let it dry take it outside into the sunlight and look at it.
    It can be like looking at a model before and after makeup. Natural light really brings out flaws.
    Don’t get too discouraged. I still get upset with things. Most of us never get to the point where we can look at our work and honestly think it’s near perfection.
  11. Dingo.303

    Dingo.303 New Member

    nah- not at all. curious.

    Thanks George
  12. Dingo.303

    Dingo.303 New Member

    i guess i sorta just wanna know , IF, going by all internet experts , its difficult to back yard taxidermy n 'tan' / preserve, an like a Dr, they sorta say worst case scenerio....

    you could say ones hear alot of shit over a short time to make one be unconfident or unsure of what the fks happenign next with his deer mounts.

    they look awesome to me, look just like the ones i paid for.... ?

    so i asked, might it slip off the wall, dry an crack apart, puff up or screw up generally i nthe first 6 months, 12 year or ? sounds like, all things done to some kind of satisfactory level, should see em last long enough to forget about

    heres a hanful i done since covid (not far R sambar) my first ever, 2nd ever ,3rd ever and 4th ever on show ;)

  13. James Marsico

    James Marsico Well-Known Member

    The reason that taxidermy is considered a craft and will never be considered fine art is because taxidermy is perishable at a fairly fast rate. Taxidermy depreciates; fine art appreciates. This might be better if it were not for the fact that so much taxidermy is mounted fast and cheap and so many taxidermists flat out could care less. It is what it is
  14. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I LOVE that response Jim. It will never be said any better.