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What Questions for Taxidermist?

Old 08-22-2007, 05:07 PM
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Default What Questions for Taxidermist?

The taxidermist who has done my birds etc. in the past, has closed shop, so I'm starting to study/ shop around for a new person. Besides the common sense questions, are there any technical questions to ask that could separate the good from mediocre. Just for example, is there a better deer eye brand vs another? Any red flags? When looking at someone's displays (deer), what are the keys areas that show quality craftsmanship? Thanks, Bob
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:31 PM
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Hey Robert-Here is a site that you can go to and have
all your questions answered by looking at the mounts
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of the best taxidermists in the world there.Just go to
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good taxidermy there in 2 days than anyone could explain
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your state.Its www.taxidermy.net Take care! Mike
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Old 08-23-2007, 02:55 PM
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Thanks for the link.
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Old 09-02-2007, 08:46 PM
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I would ask if they tan their skins or not, a good quality mount that is going to last will need to be tanned! Also ask if they do it or if they send it to a tanner? If they send it out ask who does them and make sure its a reputable tannery.
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Old 09-05-2007, 04:32 PM
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What youll soon find is this...nobody agrees! Tell a guy who does his own skins that you want tannery skin, and he will give his opinion. Same goes for the eye brand you mentioned as an example. The bottom line is this...dont ask us taxidermists to tell you who is the (perceived) best, go look at the guys work, not his credentials. If the work pleases you then he most likely is the guy (or gal) to pursue further. Then make sure hes reputable in business practice, his price is what you can justify (note I didnt say afford) and that his return time is what you can wait for. Just as an example, Im over 2 years out, so impatient guys avoid me like the plague! But, theres some guys who do decent stuff within a year! Thats nice! Once you figure in all this, and also love the work...thats your taxidermist choice!
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