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Discussion in 'Beginners' started by 10inchbeard, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. 10inchbeard

    10inchbeard Member

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    Hello everyone, I am just trying to get started in taxidermy. I have long been interested and now I'm taking the leap. LOL. :) I am interested in all taxidermy but I don't want to start with the most difficult. I have three deer hides to practice with, also four waterfowl a mallard, scalp, wood duck, and a scalp. My question would be is there any one critter easier to start with than the other. Also like I said I'm just gettin started so finances is slim, what would be the TEN most important tools in your shop. Thanks for the advise. :D :)
     
  2. zachhanel

    zachhanel New Member

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    buy a deer mounting video and watch it and then look at getting a kit, if finances are slim the ten most important would be expensive, watch a video
     

  3. 10inchbeard

    10inchbeard Member

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    thanks Zach, I have two videos, Dan Rinehart and vandikes beginner series. I have two waterfowl videos, three fish, two strutting turkey, and a caping and tanning video. Some of the tools I have is a scalpel, skife, air brush, and air compressor.
     
  4. zachhanel

    zachhanel New Member

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    thats enough videos you should have an idea of what to do, don't worry about it being perfect the first time just go measure a cape order a kit if your hides aren't tanned and then dive in, there's no time like the present
     
  5. laci

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    I would say besides a flesher it would be scissors,scapel,air brush,dremel tool,air compressor,skife knife,needle and thread,wire wheel, and ear turners.
     
  6. Ed Chambers

    Ed Chambers New Member

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    Items as mentioned, plus reference photos are always a must. Ed.
     
  7. tara4574

    tara4574 TM

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    I'm just starting out too, and I didn't have much to invest either.....I am just doing waterfowl though. I was able to find most of the items I need pretty cheap. Check Hobby Lobby, Michael's and if you have a Harbor Freight or other discount tool store, you can find many things you need cheaper than most of the catalogs, and don't have to wait for shipping.....
    Hope that helps
     
  8. TWinter

    TWinter Winter taxidermy

    Your money would be well spent to purchase a video on what ever specimin you wish to tackle first. Then you will be able to see what basic tools you may need. :D
     
  9. 10inchbeard

    10inchbeard Member

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    Thanks everyone I hope to have something to show in the next few weeks. Thanks again Keith
     
  10. Curt

    Curt Family Life member of the NTA

    Sounds like you should be ready just get er done and have fun.