I have had an interest in bird (Waterfowl and Upland) taxidermy for a while. My background is naturally artistic (drawing) and I do have a creative eye (I have a photography business). I also have an entrepreneurial mind and spirit. Thus, I am looking to start this venture. Beyond the above, a major driving force behind this is my not being completely happy with what I am seeing local guys put out. There is one large and popular shop near me that gets very good reviews. I have had them do one upland mount and they have a Mallard currently. I was 85% happy with the upland mount. I am waiting on the Mallard. This local place seems to be very hit and miss on their birds in my eyes. Some a very nice, others are so so. In my freezer I currently have; 3 Huns, 1 Mallard, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Hooded Merganser and 3 Wigeon. I am hoping I can get one or two more Mallards and perhaps some divers before my waterfowl season is over in a couple of weeks. My thought was I would start with these birds. I've purchase all of Matt Smith's DVDs and I have been watching many other video clips on youtube (just to see how others approach things). I've gone ahead and made an equipment list as well (with most items being priced from the McKenzie Catalog). My list of equipment and tools (flesher, air brush, compressor, stands, hand tools, dryer, etc.) is just under $3k. Do you all feel this is a good general cost to start out? I follow that up by saying that I am not afraid to spend the money and purchase good equipment first. I'd much rather do that than buy subpar gear and have to purchase better in the future. To start this will just be for my personal birds. However, I do hope to turn it into something down the road. Your thoughts are appreciated!