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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2012, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Found a new taxidermist

My wife and i drove an hour and a half to meet a young fellow doing taxidermy. Recommended by a fellow who dipped a scull for me. Much to our surprise he had a large show room all his critters that looked alive. Young man had a great attitude and seemed very in to his work. So i guess i will give him a try on a small critter. And see what i get maybe found somewhere els to spend my money .
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Just because he had a showroom of looked alive critters does not mean he did them. In the last few years I have had several beginners come to my shop trying to buy things I did to put in their showroom. After explaining that I could not legally do that nor ethically do it their response was I guess I'll buy some off ebay or craigslist. So all you gotta do now is get a license buy some stuff off the internet and your in the taxidermy business.

It's not the size of the shop, it's the quality of the work!
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looked at show room license and work shop and got refrence so i will try.Cant be any worst than my last one.
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You should have a LOT of references before committing. Make sure those references encompass multiple species as well. Anything less and you are asking for a repeat issue, in which instance you can blame no one but yourself.

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Dave is right. I see people selling animals all the time, some old some new. You can't judge a taxidermist based on a show room. You have to spend time talking to current customers.
Spend time talking with the taxidermist. Heck, when I go to Dave's shop I lose track of time, sometimes for a couple hours! I can't wait to go get a rainbow he is doing for me and kill a few hours!
It is because of those conversations that I won't take an animal any where else.

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Oh geeze, the 4 hour shop stop LOL. I had one guy like that, he loved to talk talk talk. Not sure what's happened to him, last I saw of him was in a Walmart in 2008. We stood in the sporting goods section and talked for about 90 mins! He is the type who doesn't answer his phone.

I've had customers come over and we target shoot together LOL.
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Just because he had a showroom of looked alive critters does not mean he did them. In the last few years I have had several beginners come to my shop trying to buy things I did to put in their showroom. After explaining that I could not legally do that nor ethically do it their response was I guess I'll buy some off ebay or craigslist. So all you gotta do now is get a license buy some stuff off the internet and your in the taxidermy business.
He could also be a talented young man.A rare find in todays world.Most young people don't want to work at all.

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Very rare in todays world. I looked for the last 4 mnths. to hire someone to help, scraping skull plates, hand fleshing hides, no mounting or turning just a warm body to do grunt work. If they showed up they wanted to start at $15/hour. More than one told me that they make more on unemployment or public assistance than that when they included food stamps, heat assistance, medical card, all the stuff I don't get! Now I have to pay a tax because we don't make enough to afford $1,500 a mnth to buy health insurance. We could afford cheaper ins. but it don't cover anything.

It's not the size of the shop, it's the quality of the work!
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Welcome to Obanma Socialism Dave. Soon to be Communism.
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I wish there was a quality well established taxidermist very close to me who would hire me. I'm so detail oriented with hides that is it OCD, and with some advanced training on mammal work ( comp quality training level 1 on 1), I'd be REALLY good. I do have quirks though, aspergers with menopause is a series of ups and down every month, with a side of IBS. I'd supply my own health insurance. The kicker is my income has to stay below a certain level to get the more affordable stuff ( 200-250 a month with 1500.00 deductable- this is a MD socialized plan too). Sometimes the gov't -- makes me want to just quit trying, get the autism diagnosis and try to get SSI with the medical. It is really rediculous. I also wish I could get out of Maryland, I hate the commie gov't here in regards to gun control.

Regarding youngsters being very talented in taxidermy, It does happen. There was Nina who used to hang around here, she does amazing work, and some young guy named Daniel who is in Ohio and hangs out at taxi-net- incredible talent with him! He does big cats alot due to his connections with the people there who own tigers, lions, etc.
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