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Turkey Skinning Question

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Triad Taxidermy, Aug 25, 2021.

  1. Triad Taxidermy

    Triad Taxidermy Member

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    I recently talked to another taxidermist who skins his turkeys by cutting off the wings, legs and tail. He says he doesn't stick his turkeys at all. Ive never done it that way.
    Can anyone tell me the process or if there are videos explain how this is done?
     
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    That is the way I do it. There is a Shane Smith video on YouTube that goes over it as that is how he does it. It is advertising his new turkey forms,, but he goes over the wing, leg and tail assembly. Once I tried doing this way, I will never go back.
     
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  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    He wires his wings really different too. Once I tried it, I started wiring all my bird wings.that way. Even grouse, quail and the parakeets I did.
     
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  4. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I used to make a leg-to-leg cut on all standing birds. At a seminar in LA, the taxidermist cut skin at the top of the drumstick. When setting up the bird, your legs are already mounted...no sewing up the inside of the legs. The only sewing (or stapling, is on the straight line of the cape between the legs. I remove wings and tails. Makes assembly go much smoother.
     
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  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    McKenzie sells a Frank Newmyer DVD that goes into it also and is full of good advice, however, the downfall is that it is also full of Frank. If you can get through the preachy rambling, it is worth it. I don't like his balloon idea at all and I have seen it enough to know when to press fast forward.
     
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  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I have done them with the scaps on the wings and also with the scaps on the skin. I choose scaps on the wing hands down.

    Like joeym said, If you do the drumstick skin like a sock it works really well.

    It is so much easier to do it in pieces because you can work on the tail one day and the legs on another day and the wings on another day and so on. So if you don't have a lot of time, you can do it in phases a little at a time, which makes the final assembly and mounting quicker.
     
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  7. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

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    I do my non flying turkeys the way Shane shows. I did on flying sandhill crane this way and it was a disaster. Lesson learned - don't wiring large flying birds with detached wings this way
     
  8. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Yes. I didn't think to mention that I used his wire technique on closed wing birds and strutting turkeys. Flying ones would need a more structurally sound wire throughout I would think.
     
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  9. turkeyshooter

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  10. turkeyshooter

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    It's easier for the legs but I'm still figuring out the wings.
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2022
  11. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    ... but at least he admits it in his books and videos! I have them all (lol)!
     
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  12. GotHonks

    GotHonks Well-Known Member

    Been mounting a few Turkeys lately and the reason I take the wings , Tail and legs off are so I can toss the skin in the cloths dryer and get it fluffy , saves me hours of blow drying .. but I don’t take them off for all poses .. I leave the wings on when I do a dead mount and any flying … just easier for me , I’m not great at Turkey wings yet .. never really mounted Turkeys till a few years ago and they were decoys … Whole new ballgame to me from waterfowl .. luckily my buddy spent a few weeks learning from Stephan and is passing the secrets along to me .. still it takes practice and time to get it down … I’ve only done one full strut so far , looks good not good enough IMO but it’s the first one .. might post a pic once I get it looking better ..
     
  13. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

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    Post it bro! We've all been there!
     
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  14. GotHonks

    GotHonks Well-Known Member

    I will , when it looks decent enough ... but I will post a cool dead mount Rio with weird wing pattern ... need to take a pic , cant find one .. asap