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Need Advice On Dvd Training

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by CJMartin, Mar 7, 2023.

  1. CJMartin

    CJMartin Active Member

    i would like to invest in some DVD training on mounting pheasant but there are so many out there to choice from. Do you guys have any recommendations on a good one?
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  2. Leonard "Tazman" Qualls

    Leonard "Tazman" Qualls Active Member

    Matt Smith's Blue Ribbon Birds DVDs. All of them are good, btw.
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  3. Brianjax

    Brianjax Member

    Taxidermy U has a good pheasant video with Blake Remminger although a little pricey.
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  4. Kastaway

    Kastaway Taxidermist, Pioneer of Freeze Drying 1969

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  5. CJMartin

    CJMartin Active Member

    Thanks for the input. i've seen Tony Finazzo's name mentioned here many times, Matt and Blake are new to me. i will be looking them up!
  6. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Tony is about as good as you'll get but they're all more than adequate. The pheasant is, with little doubt, the easiest of all birds to mount. The fat on the skin can be easily removed with a thumbnaile, the skin is substantive, and (EXCEPT FOR PENNED BIRDS FROM SHOOTING PRESERVES) the feather are full, fluffy and easily groomed. Wiring them is easy. The trickiest part is opening the wattles and claying them properly.
    Just a note. As Nancy Crocker once asked, "Why would you throw away a perfectly good head in order to use an artificial one?" I always used the real head as it skins out well, fleshes easily and clays well. I always bought flex eyes but threw away the plastic eye and Dremeled out the back so that a glass eye would fit inside the eye ring. The preformed eye rings aid in mounting, hold the skin in place, and add realism to your bird. But that's just MY OPINION.