My feeble attempts of taxidermy

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Re: My feeble attempts of taxidermy

Postby oldrank » Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:08 pm

vovamir wrote:Very impressive. How much work goes into the hide tanning?



I didn't really keep tabs.. I fleshed it by hand. That was probably a couple hrs. Then salted it down for about 4 days. Then pickled it for 72 hours. Then neutralized it for about 45 minutes. Then stripped off the membrane by hand. Washed it good. That was maybe another hour or so. Then let it dry for about 8 hours till it was wet/tacky. Then tanned it. Let it sit folded up for 16 hours. Unfolded it and let it sit flat for 16 hrs. Then started working it as it dried. I did some research on how to do it. It's all online if you dig around. There are a ton of different ways to do it. I just chose what was easiest for me to get supplies.


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Re: My feeble attempts of taxidermy

Postby Wannabelikedan » Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:06 pm

If I could make a shoulder mount look that good on my own, I’d never use a taxidermist. It’s on “the list” of things I’d like to accomplish in my lifetime. Good work oldrank!
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Re: My feeble attempts of taxidermy

Postby seazofcheeze » Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:07 pm

Looks good man, I bet with a little more practice you could turn out top notch stuff. From a previous post, I remember you're quite the artist.
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Re: My feeble attempts of taxidermy

Postby Motivated » Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:40 pm

Great job!!! :clap:

Maybe I'll get the wife taxidermy supplies for Christmas!
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Re: My feeble attempts of taxidermy

Postby wickedbruiser » Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:53 pm

8-) looks good!
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Re: My feeble attempts of taxidermy

Postby Hawthorne » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:17 pm

Looks good! Cool looking unique rack on the twelve point
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Re: My feeble attempts of taxidermy

Postby stash59 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:36 pm

8-) 8-) 8-) :clap: :clap: :clap: :handgestures-thumbupright: :handgestures-thumbup: :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: My feeble attempts of taxidermy

Postby Boogieman1 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:36 pm

I always wanted to be a taxidermist, infact I became good friends with one begging him to let me work for free and be an apprentice. I spent two days fleshing out capes b4 he dropped the bomb on me. He asked if I liked to hunt I said luv it.. Then he informed me this would be the last job u want, he said that he got into taxidermy for the same reasons I was looking into it and he also loved to hunt yet he hasn't been in over 10 years. That was the end of my taxidermy career, still great friends with the man. Great work oldrank, would luv to try one but my wife seems to think I already have to many hobbies.
There's more fun in hunting with the handicap of the bow than there is in hunting with the sureness of pulling the trigger.
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Re: My feeble attempts of taxidermy

Postby oldrank » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:43 pm

Image

After paint. I am really happy with him. We will see how he ages.
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Re: My feeble attempts of taxidermy

Postby JAB » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:18 pm

That turned out fantastic! You should be really proud of it, very well done!
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Re: My feeble attempts of taxidermy

Postby JAK » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:13 pm

Very nice.. I've got a guy who's gunna so me how to do taxidermy on my buck this year.. hope mine turns out half that good
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Re: My feeble attempts of taxidermy

Postby Jackson Marsh » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:28 pm

Nice work oldrank :dance:

I like the sign on the wall. My daughter gave us a kitchen towel with the same saying on it :lol:
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Re: My feeble attempts of taxidermy

Postby Stanley » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:02 pm

Looks ok to me.
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Re: My feeble attempts of taxidermy

Postby Net Guy » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:13 am

That's pretty darn good if you ask me. Especially for your 2nd attempt! Keep shooting big ones so you can keep practicing. ;)
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Re: My feeble attempts of taxidermy

Postby daveynewman » Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:07 am

I think it came out pretty good, great job

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