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Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Rick Krane, Jun 6, 2008.
nice work guys, Josh are you doing that laker this week ?????
Here is a black musclecracker that I'm busy finishing and a pink happy that i finished painting last night
Rick waht a great display did you cut the head in half to do that? wheres the other half. LOL
John C, nice stuff, did you ever get that big rainbow you caught finished yet??
You gotta love the great FishHeads of the Industry! Such Talent! Great work everyone! Those fish look fresh caught and ready for the frying pan!! ;D
Not yet MK, have not had the time. I sure try to stay away from taxidermy on weekends. I will be getting the wife started on the last three bear rugs this week. then I have to work on another bear skin to see if it can be rugged, have it sold if it will rug.
Plus dealing with the incoming work in the studio.
On the weekends I have been working the horses in between fishing and have sold 7 of them for pretty good money since the freakin animal huggers get slaughter for food stopped. I am glad they did not go to slaughter but it sure knocked the bottom out of the horse market. This past year I spent over 7500 dollars on hay alone, now fuel prices are driving this coming years cost up alot of farmers said screw cutting hay so even with 6 horses left its not going to be cheap. I do most of my own vet stuff and farrier work, plus train. Funny thing about a horse if they get a cut that needs sutures they will just stand there and let yousew it up most times.
Anyway I work in the studio four long days a week, with the wife and son now that schools out. Our hopes are to develope the taxidermy into a shop that can support her and him, so I can fish.
Had a chance to guide on White River today but I dont like baby setting. So worked a horse instead.
I know someday I will get the ranibow mounted and make a ilicone mold or vice versa, just have been busy gettig the studio up and running.
Nice Fish this week. Glad to have something to show off too. Here's a 34" Striper i just finished today. Blank courtesy of Capt. Bruce Foster
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great stripper ,I can even see the vein inside the mouth and the fin tears look au natural INSPIRATION!!
Like that striper Mike.......working on one right now from McGinnity's. Just don't like the eyes that are in mine. Love the eyes in your striper. That musselcracker looks like it has one attitude! Cool mount. Here is a question, which do you feel is harder to pull off.....pickeral striping or pike bean spots?
Hmm.... I think I speak for several of us on here when I say seeing the four of you together feels not unlike what it would have been like for the peasant farmers catching a glimpse of Camelot and its famed round table, though but four 'knights' were at this particular gathering. Oh, the conversations that must have taken place.... wow. I know I'm jealous and not afraid/ashamed to admit it. ;D
The king head was PHENOMENAL! What a neat idea. I'd love to hear your story behind it.
Great work everyone... a very inspiring start to the week.
Fishstuffer... your work is always one the highlights to ANY week.
Mike... That is an awesome striper, in every possible way.
rp... Great to have you sharing! It looks like you stay busy over there, in addition to turning out nice work.
Dennis... I will have to say pickeral striping, since I've never done one. lol I love the fins on that pike... the markings are extremely well done, IMHO.
Jimmy... I know we all will expect pictures after the Nebraska show. And there had better be more of a smile than there was in that LM shot. ;D
Yeah, you four guys should not be together under one roof or in a vehicle! If some disaster struck, who would be left to inspire us! Just had an idea........remember in school how one kid would start off a story, pass it around the room and others would finish it????? How cool would that be if you guys tried that on a fish! Please send advance payment for that article to the address on my website, Angler's Art Taxidermy!
Thanks in advance! LOLOL
Denny "Fisheye" Murawska
Wow, truly a great week thus far!!!
Terry, sorry, but due to extreme weather damages, and massive flooding all around my area I wasnt able to get to the nebraska show. I started out yesterday to get there, and every road I went to was closed/washed out. I wouldve had to drive 4-5hrs out of my way to get there, and no guarantees at that. and beings gas is SOOOO CHEAP......... I decided to stay home. It was heartbreaking. I was looking foreward to going to the convention so very badly. But I will just have to wait for another show sometime. I will probably go to the Missouri state show, and thats it for the year!!
Great work everyone!
But Jimmy there a perfectly logical explination for the rise of gas prices. Its not the oil companies fault. Really. YEAH RIGHT.
Travis - You can crucify the oil companies but don't forget OPEC, Federal tax, state tax and environmentalists who love these prices and the lac of oil independence.
Jeff... A very good point. I overheard someone in our office the other day mentioning about what a good thing this will be, to get people to be less dependent. Of course that person is many, many rungs above me on the salary schedule, so it's not hitting him yet (and I haven't noticed that he's been biking to work or anything yet). BTW, we are at 6 bucks a gallon and the rumor is that it's going to go up a bunch yet before summer is over.
Jimmy... Sorry to hear about you not making it. Somebody's benefiting by you not being there; they just don't realize it.
Here's an 18 inch North Carolina rainbow I finished for my great nephew. Custom molding/casting.
Jerry great NC rainbow. Me being from NC I say you nailed it. I may have to use yours for reference when I do mine. I love it man.
Den, the pickeral is great. Pickeral striping is tough to make look good IMHO.
We need to crucify OPEC, had it not been for many good under paid people Saddam would have ran right thru the Arabian world in 1991. We stopped him and this is how the ungrateful  treat us.
It is not all OPECs fault, if u want to blame someone, blame the Chinese. They are the ones drivin' up the price of crude because they are usin so much. Right now they are drilling (with Cuba's permission) closer to the S. Florida coast than we are. Blame Charles Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Nan Pelosi, and a whole bunch of sen. and reps. who voted to not allow any drillin' in the Gulf or the ANWR. Oh, and when they were going to allow these things in '95, Bill Clinton vetoed it. We have an Energy Policy, make the rich richer and bend everyone else over the oil barrel. Sorry for the rant.