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Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by BrookeSFD16, Jan 1, 2021.
LOL working on a flying crane right now. Got the first wing mounted!!
Now that the End of Course exams are out of the way maybe I might be able to find time to do some taxidermy on the weekends! Hey, I might even be able to clean up the shop some...probably not!
Squirrel mounted on 2 May 2021
Incredible work so far everyone, It’s an inspiration seeing the works in progress. I can’t wait to make my first piece!
Be sure to post it on here so we can all witness the start of your hobby/career in taxidermy. Wish I still had my first piece. No matter what it looks like, keep it!
Holly cow Brooke , you've been busy and the work of coarse as great as always .. . you are in that top tier of waterfowl taxidermist ... Your work I speaks for its self ...
Well thanks. I definitely don't consider myself top tier. Still learning with ever bird. I consider myself a "5 foot" Taxidermist...i just try and make em look good from 5 foot away. And I take good pictures
I noticed you're pre-painting the feet on your birds. You obviously feel this is a better way. I have considered trying that but been doing it the other way for years and you get comfortable. What made you switch may I ask?
Lol. Peer pressure. Everyone swore to me it was easier, better, faster. I fought it for years, thought it was stupid, would be more work and that I would screw them up pose wise. I wound up getting a bunch of extra feet from my duck hunting buddies and finally tried it. Like anything else, with some trial and error, and a little practice, I got it down. I'd never go back now. It does take a little forward thinking, you gotta pose them close to what you want as the end result. Once your bird is mounted...you're basically done. No more carding off, having to go back after its dry to paint. Once the mount is dry, all you do is pull the tape and gloss the eyes and you're done.
Critter I know you directed this to Brooke but I pre paint all my feet also and when I have to mount a bird on the rare occasion without, I dread doing the finish work on it. Such a PIA. Not only does the painting of the feet go a lot easier but first you inject them and that's a world easier off the birds than on the bird. I usually do them in batches, skin out say 6 birds and remove the feet, flesh them, wash them, prep them and than refreeze them wet. Then I have a feet day, wiring, injecting and posing them, Then a paint day, and finally a mount day