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Sand Hill Crane Advise

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by disabled, Jan 27, 2022.

  1. disabled

    disabled Active Member

    I have a customer wanting a Sand hill Crane mounted Standing!!! How much to charge? Never did one before any advise would be helpful!!!! any pointers thanks john
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    The skin is pretty tough, get plenty of references, charge more than you think, dealing with wiring the wings and legs is a pain.

  3. Dark Man

    Dark Man Well-Known Member

    $1500. 8guage wire for the legs
  4. Jimmy Rimrock

    Jimmy Rimrock Yeah, they come to snuff the rooster

    I mount them like a turkey, skinned "ankle to ankle." This lets me get the legs built, finished and bullet proof attached to body. I double wire the wires; 12 gauge, one to the tip of the "backside" wing bone, thru a drilled hole and the other e-taped to the humerous. Takes some effort but provides a solid attachment. Big flying birds get my heavy duty support rod system; a 2" or so piece of 1" angle, drilled with holes, that is welded onto 3/8" rod, about 2" back from the sharpened tip. It gets bondoed into a cavity into the body. I make the "hole" before mounting, located to avoid any wires; neck or wings, then insert and bondo after mounting, before posing. I mix a little resin in to thin it and shoot it thru a jumbo syringe with a big tip. All this gets done before mounting; rod bent, attitude set, etc. It might be overkill, but when done it will withstand any crate and ship issues. A picture would help, but I'm not that tech savvy.
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  5. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

    You need to become more tech savvy Jimmy!! LOL would love to see pics
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