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What Type Mounts Do You Offer ?

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by 13 point, Apr 5, 2022.

  1. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Just for conversation, was wondering what type mounts you offer to your clients. Meaning , do you limit them to a certain supply company? 1 form , left , right or straight kinda thing for shoulder mounts , 85% of my forms come from McKenzie because they are close enough to pick up and the 12% savings . I’ll ask my clients what they want and then guide them in the McKenzie direction, but I will order from others companies if it benefits me . I know one taxidermist that has 6 mounted heads in his shop and that’s the only way he will mount the clients deer , so when the client picks one of those mounts you get that exact way , eyes , ears set just like that . I’m just the opposite, I try to mount every animal differently, even if it’s just a small change from the original form . Shoulder mounts i don’t alter I just do eyes and ears differently kinda thing. If they bring a picture in and say I want that , I try to oblige but will charge extra of course. Was just wondering what others do , more for conversation then anything else . Thanks for sharing.
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    The only limits I set other than those imposed by nature, are our imaginations and their pocket book IE. If an animal can and will do it, I'll try to replicate it, if they are willing and able to pay for it.

  3. Bruledrift

    Bruledrift Active Member

    I generally have them look at the McKenzie catalog for the form they want. The only thing I steer them away from is straight up and straight ahead. Then ask how they want the ears. Glass Eye's? They don't care generally. I put what I want for detail and pose for the claywork around the eyes, nose and mouth.
  4. drob

    drob Well-Known Member

    I usually have them look at Mckenzie's catalog ,but then I try and find a similar form from another supplier unless it is something like the 6900 pose,etc.Would like to use OTS stuff
    exclusively-but has been hit or miss the last few years.Other than the forms,pretty much try and do what they ask.
  5. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I ask them how much money they want to invest…$100 for an antler mount, $3500 for a lifesize, or something in between!
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  6. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

    I use Ohio taxidermy supply exclusively for white tails, cause that's all I do anymore!
  7. qltycapes

    qltycapes Active Member

    I use mostly McKenzie, they just have more sizes, bigger bears and like 13 point says, I can drive to pick them up. I will use Matuska for some forms, the new XP semis are nice. I have used quite a few different ones in the past, the above listed work best for large northern deer. I steer a client to the basic poses, anything out of the norm is priced much higher
  8. I mainly use HQ for my whitetails ,but I pretty much will go anywhere with forms doesn't matter to me
  9. Jim McNamara

    Jim McNamara Well-Known Member

    I offer several poses. Since switching to Lancaster forms I don't offer semi up anymore but the difference between semi up and semi sneak is insignificant in my opinion. Ear pose is up to my mood and sometimes the antler size. Since most deer come cut off for a shoulder mount I don't get the option to do lifesize very often. I try to spend time with my clients discussing the best turn and or pose to highlight the antlers.
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  10. moonshine

    moonshine Active Member

    I have mckensie poster hanging in the shop so thers no miscommunication when it comes to picking out ther pose, i use other suppliers if they wanted something that mckensie doesent offer
  11. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    BTW, on LS whitetails, if I don’t skin it, I don’t mount it. Clients make a big enough mess of skinning one for a shoulder mount. No way am I piecing one back together for a lifesize mount. I tell them up front, drop off your deer, and come back the next day and pick up the carcass. If they don’t want the meat, I donate it to a Drug Rehab facility a couple of miles down the road.
  12. Dave York

    Dave York Well-Known Member

    Dontcha love it when the cut looks like a saw blade?
  13. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Yea if it looks like that I will lay it out , make a reference mark or 2 and then take a scalpel and recut that line straight on both sides , but will charge xtra. But I’m with Joey , I have them bring the whole critter to me for skinning, but I will skin asap and make them take the carcass with them , it’s easier to skin when warm and I’m not going to be responsible for the meat in anyway.
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