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Thanks guys.
Too bad not many people here any more.
Finished up the first cat mount.
On my wall for now til I find a home for her.
Got a couple showing interested in NB and one in the city.

Leg Carnivore Felidae Fawn Terrestrial animal
Cat Felidae Carnivore Small to medium-sized cats Whiskers
 

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Last order has arrived.
Got a kick in the nuts with customs. $71 on $400 spent.
Not sure how that works The big cat and otter was $500 and customs was $53.
Still one raccoon head to find in freezer.

Very wet cat.
Nose to base of tail was 34"

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Heads for the hollow tree mounts
Carnivore Terrestrial animal Snout Badger Wildlife

Flooring Wood Gas Art Tail
 

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Practice rocks with home made rock mix. Basically spray foam or ridgid foam made into a rock shape and rock mix applied . Dry and paint to liking.

Wood Engineering Machine Military camouflage Rock
Purple Ingredient Cuisine Leaf vegetable Food
Wood Tool Flooring Hardwood Natural material
Wood Helmet Tool Scale Automotive wheel system
Wood Gas Automotive tire Comfort food Event
Wood Snout Artifact Natural material Working animal


Just finished the big cat this morning . Get on to the wall get some pics and get it out of here. Payday soon.
 

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Next project is something you haven't seen here before.
Roadkill male mink. I cant find a form to fit him so I will make one. This process is how I started way back in the 80s. Need the carcass, wire. excelsior (found inside old box springs mattresses) ,some foam or a carving wood and lots of thread.

One mink hit hard on inside but not damage to fur and a wire for back bone
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Excelsier
Wood Trunk Terrestrial plant Artifact Art


foam for head
Wood Flooring Asphalt Road surface Art


Pull excelsior apart

Flooring Gas Wood Composite material Concrete


Bend wire same distance hips to shoulder

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Add excelsior , wrap with thread . Measuring around carcass as I build.

Food Ingredient Cuisine Dish Meat


Carving the head . Think this is my least favourite part of taxidermy. My last head I carved was in the 80s a squirrel head. Today first time with foam. Was alot better then cedar but will have issues when mink is mounted posing the head and neck I'm thinking.

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Looking not to bad.

Finger Nail Knife Snout Cuisine


Push head on foam to correct length . Add excelsior to built up neck.
Food Ingredient Cuisine Dish Plant


Next thing is tan the mink insert wires for 4 legs and built up with excelsior. See you in a couple days.
 

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Water Bedrock Wood Artifact Circle
Wood Fish Trunk Artifact Tree


Wood Insect Plant Arthropod Soil
Wood Trunk Natural material Twig Ingredient



Real skull with jaw and pine shavings as filler . Cover in plastor.
1 x6 rough for a neck
Wood Water Boats and boating--Equipment and supplies Boat Staple food

Donor deer cape
Jaw Natural material Creative arts Wood Shelf


Finished deer

Head Elk Deer Natural material Sculpture


deer was shot through ear into neck for a kill

Wood Natural material Snout Tail Twig

After talking with old American taxidermist I was told this mount was around 70 years old.
 
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