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It is not unusual to need to form a in a particular size or pose that is not standard and not available from any supply source. Too often taxidermists give up in frustration when a simple and reasonable solution is right there with you. With a little common sense, the skin for taking measurements, and references, you can easily alter just about any form to the specifics you need. Though this problem is most often encountered with the less frequently mounted species, Ron Schaefer’s technique works just as well on a javelin, deer, or coyote. Don’t be timid, just take it step-by-step.
In this case I needed a lying form for a small African Red Duiker. I could get a standing form that was close to the size I needed, but no lying form was available. So, having the wet tanned skin, the skull, and the standing form in hand, I set out to alter the form to a lying pose.
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About the Author
Ron Schaefer offers full spectrum Big Game Taxidermy Services, Bronze Sculpture Services and Wildlife Drawings For Sale. Ron Schaefer, a big game Texas taxidermist, founder and artisan for Heads Above The Rest LLC® Big Game Taxidermy Studio and has been studying the fine art of molding, adjusting skin and mounting big game since 1975. He specializes mainly in life size African, North American, and European Exotics with his passion being Cats.
Heads Above The Rest LLC® Big Game Taxidermy Studio in Texas is not a large production firm. Ron Schaefer strives for low volume, accepting a limited number of clients each year, enabling him to maintain long-lasting museum-quality craftsmanship and customer care. He leads the big game taxidermy industry in higher standards and you will see a definite difference when working with Heads Above The Rest LLC® Big Game Taxidermy Studio.
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