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Raise Your Prices

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by George, Sep 9, 2021.

  1. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

  2. NID-20

    NID-20 Well-Known Member

    He sure does not do any African game . I have never seen a cape from another country with short incision . I do 90% of my work on imported trophy hides . It takes a whole 30 minutes to sew up a deer cape while drinking a cup of coffee
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  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    After all that has been said since your post, I say to you that if you can get $100 for sewing up a long incision, then go for it! There is no harm in charging for what you want.
  4. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

    I did taxidermy for 50 plus years and have never handled a short cut cape.
  5. I find it funny. Some of you never handle a short incision cape. You would be surprised with mine. I cut base to base, use a Ryobi or similar cordless multi tool to cap the antlers and then cape out the deer. When mounting, the only cut I have is from base to base. Sure is nice compared to a long cut. But y’all keep doing what you do. I’m happy for yea.

    And no, I don’t do exotic animals unless it comes from Texas. Loads of Axis, Fallow and Blackbuck. Almost all are Short Y cuts too.
  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    When I have the luxury of caping a deer head in more gentle areas of the forest, when time and mileage is not an issue, or when it is close enough to the truck that I can get it out whole, which is rare, I do a burr to burr and a short "T" to just below the ear butts at the back of the head.

    I sew long incisions inside out on the bench to a short "T" and then mount. MUCH easier and less messy than sewing the long incision on the form.
  7. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    I’ve been at it for 38 years and 90% of my mounts that come in are short y cuts or i skin them and make them that way. Yes African comes in split and moose and such but it’s 50/50 short to long cuts on elk and and mule deer and such . I talk to my clients before they go on there trips and we discuss how they want there animals mounted , I then tell them how to have critter skinned or how to skin themselves. To include case skinned bighorn rams and such . So yes I to charge extra for unnecessary long cuts . I hate sewing even tho I’m very good at it . It takes no longer to flesh tan and prep a short cut deer , but it does take longer to sew . Guess it all comes down to self preference and pride in your work . That’s not saying you Long cut guys don’t have pride , just means I feel I can give a better product with a short cut .
  8. tat

    tat Active Member

    all my capes are long cut down back no short Y cuts been doing it for 45 years and am faster and better sewing than doing a short Y agree with James post above and if you do any African or oversea trophies they are all cut down back
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  9. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    Heck, even some of the Asian stuff is cut all the way from the chin to the vent.

    To their credit, they do a short incision for the horns. LOL
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