What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

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What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby MikeyB » Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:05 pm

I dropped off two ducks - a shoveler and a black duck - to a taxidermist in December 2011. As of now, I still don't have them back. the original ETA was early summer 2012, and I get the blow off every time I call. Longest that it has taken with another taxidermist that I use is 11 months. It seems like waterfowl take longer (in general) than big game, but 15+ months seems really excessive.

I feel stuck at this point (and will never use the company again), but perhaps I'm off base somehow. Thoughts?
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby don taylor » Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:49 am

My birds have come back as quickly as 3 months and up to sometime the next season. The guy who took longer than promised was local. Stopping in and asking to see my bird and what stage it was in set it in motion. What goes on with a bird is taxidermists like to do more than one at a time. From what I've read in Breakthrough and by looking at prices of chemicals and what not in the wasco catalog, it seems to be much more profitable this way. If you go to a deer guy and he doesn't have more than one or two birds, he's probably got you on the back burner until his money maker, deer heads, are complete. I also have been told this year in particular was a good year for guys and people have dropped off a few birds more than usual. Some guys are pretty backed up. The only way to get results in my opinion is go in and act like your his best friend, not like your mad. Get a date he'll start and go back. If he hasn't started them, take them down the road with you.
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby don taylor » Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:56 am

And welcome to the forum MikeyB.
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby Coleman24 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:11 am

I have waited over a year long, and I should be getting some back here soon (which will be 6 month turn around).. All varies on the taxidermist you take it to and what not. I took one bird to a taxidermist that only does waterfowl mounts, and is very good at that.. So his turn around typically takes longer, but I am willing to wait quality mounts.

But I think since december 2011? I'd maybe stay after them a bit.

Hope it turns out well, and welcome to the forum :welcome:
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby tam9492 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:58 am

Might want to post in the taxi forum as well :thumbsup:
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby Boatman » Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:11 pm

2-3 months tops
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby MikeyB » Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:29 pm

Thank you for the feedback and the warm welcome to the board. I will continue to politely keep after him.
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby don taylor » Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:54 pm

Boatman wrote:2-3 months tops

:lol3:
Unless it's your own personal friend, that isn't even close to a realistic time frame.
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby tsaylor1979 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:50 am

They are taking too long. This seems like a common problem amongst taxidermists. I don't know why that is.
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby PADuck » Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:49 pm

Early 6-8 months. Long over a year
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby duckpond88 » Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:36 pm

I get my birds back in about three months and it's award winning work at reasonable prices Now deer your gonna be at least a year he gets about 300 a year to do. But he has a full time employee that handles all his birds
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby Boatman » Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:30 pm

don taylor wrote:
Boatman wrote:2-3 months tops

:lol3:
Unless it's your own personal friend, that isn't even close to a realistic time frame.


No Don that's for real. www.swopestaxidermy.com
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby erp10 » Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:36 pm

I waited one year seven months once. Now I'm only gonna send my birds to taxadermists who only do birds.
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby don taylor » Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:22 am

Boatman wrote:
don taylor wrote:
Boatman wrote:2-3 months tops

:lol3:
Unless it's your own personal friend, that isn't even close to a realistic time frame.


No Don that's for real. http://www.swopestaxidermy.com



Nice. Well, let me rephrase that. A few months in not the industry norm.
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby Boatman » Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:49 am

Here are some I took in Dec got back in Feb. Crappy pics I know took with my phone.

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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby zippyduck » Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:21 am

Boatman I would find a good bird taxi if I was you. Many faults in those poses.
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby Boatman » Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:08 pm

zippyduck wrote:Boatman I would find a good bird taxi if I was you. Many faults in those poses.


What the hell are you talking about,the poses are the way I wanted them. Since there are many faults with the poses name five.
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby smkndux » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:23 am

Boatman wrote:2-3 months tops
:lol3:

You are joking I assume. Do you have any idea how long it takes a bird to set up 100% ? I have never heard of a taxidermist that produced mounts that fast. If I received a call saying my bird was ready 2 months after drop off, I would be worried. Any taxidermist returning work that fast must not have much business. A year is pretty much the norm from my past experiences. Any GOOD taxidermist should have a back log of work if he or she is really good.

I started doing my own birds years ago. Pretty shaky at first but over the years and countless birds later, I am finally getting the hang of it. Only problem is, you acquire so many mounts after years of practice, you run out of wall space. My wife calls my man cave "The Death Room ". It is one of our spare bedrooms. When any of her friends come to stay for the night, they freak out and say their is NO way I am sleeping in that room with all those eyes looking at me. I have given numerous mounts to friends just to make wall space for the new ones. Practice makes perfect.
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby don taylor » Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:32 am

I can't make the judgement on Boatman's mounts, I can't see them in detail. Whether or not the eyes have clay around them, how the bill seats against the feathers, all the things I look for I can't see. I'm not going to lie, I think the buffy drake's wings look a little far back and in an unnatural position. The hen looks stiff. Now, after I've said that, I have birds just like that, done by the first taxi I went to. The minor details, the ones a trained eye sees, are frequently overlooked. My scoter has a slight bend in it's wing i hate. Now that I have 9 birds on the wall and see the difference in the workmanship, I know why I use who I use.

While I can't say what Zippy sees, I can say he has an excellent eye for mounts. I do know Zippy personally to be very passionate about proper form in taxidermy. If it's not competition worthy, Dave isn't happy.
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Re: What is acceptable length of time to get taxidermy back?

Postby zippyduck » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:32 am

okay your taxi took good care of the feathers but the wings are way too far back on all of them, the wings are too straight. A flying buffie should have his crest pulled back some. I have never seen a bluebill mounted sideways on wood before. The neck is stretched out on both buffs.
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