What's on everybody's workbench ...?

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby Tryingtaxi » Sat May 10, 2014 7:12 pm

montana bound wrote:Good looking work guys! :thumbsup:

Heres my last Mallard for this year, I have 3 Golden eyes then Im out of birds till hunting season. :crying:

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Good looking bird. Ask around on taxidermy.net if you want some. I don't have anything left from this season. Just gifted birds and some set aside for my class. Gosh I can't wait for the class. School is almost out 3 weeks :grooving: then I can finish my birds I have skinned. Gonna be a busy summer go to Iowa for a week then the Florida keys for a month then my class for a week.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby montana bound » Sun May 11, 2014 7:39 am

Thanks.

I have a few other projects to get my through till next season
I want to do up a 63 inch paddle fish and a 37 inch burbot this summer, plus I have a few other mounts I want to get done .
Like a Blacktail and Caribou shoulder mount a few whitetails and a swift Fox.
Sounds like you will be busy yourself.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby montana bound » Sun May 11, 2014 12:27 pm

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby carpetguy88 » Mon May 12, 2014 9:24 pm

I love the golden eye. Hoping I can finally get one thie season. Here is my latest, first flying wood duck. This is my 10th bird. Loving this new hobby and this site. Comments welcome and appreciated. So far all the things I have seen and read are very helpful to those of us just starting out.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby fowlweatherfowler » Wed May 28, 2014 11:11 pm

Finally go a break from my work schedule so I decided to do the first of my teal pairs dead mount. This is my first dead mount so I'm sure there is some learning how to stack and arrange all the birds. Hopefully i can work on this a bit more through the weekend. I have the BW and GW and will add the cinnamon later on when I get a pair.

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby fowlweatherfowler » Sat May 31, 2014 9:46 pm

Built panel last night and put the second on together today

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby duxrus » Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:28 am

Belly out birds just add extra realism to a dead mount :thumbsup:
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby The Waterfowler » Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:32 pm

Agree with you Brian.

Here's what is on my workbench now. Starting this week will be doing twice weekly therapy on my repaired rotator cuff followed by probably 6 months of rehab. I know this as I had my other shoulder done 6 years ago. Four freezers with birds belonging to my clients and myself are just sitting. Hope to be at least skinning by the end of the month. Right now just trying to get some sleep at night. Count your blessings! I know it beats the alternative but I'm not happy.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby duxrus » Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:41 pm

Pat, hope you get to feeling better

By the way, would you know where I could get a nice peacock pheasant ?

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby fowlweatherfowler » Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:16 pm

Thanks guys. It was nice to find some time to get a few together after working a bunch of overtime the past 2 months. Skinning, fleshing, and washing got too repetitive. Got another one added today

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby beretta24 » Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:42 pm

The Waterfowler wrote:Agree with you Brian.

Here's what is on my workbench now. Starting this week will be doing twice weekly therapy on my repaired rotator cuff followed by probably 6 months of rehab. I know this as I had my other shoulder done 6 years ago. Four freezers with birds belonging to my clients and myself are just sitting. Hope to be at least skinning by the end of the month. Right now just trying to get some sleep at night. Count your blessings! I know it beats the alternative but I'm not happy.

Good luck with the rehab Pat. By the way, my June trip to Europe will likely be pushed back. Might be in touch about July though.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby Tryingtaxi » Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:45 pm

The Waterfowler wrote:Agree with you Brian.

Here's what is on my workbench now. Starting this week will be doing twice weekly therapy on my repaired rotator cuff followed by probably 6 months of rehab. I know this as I had my other shoulder done 6 years ago. Four freezers with birds belonging to my clients and myself are just sitting. Hope to be at least skinning by the end of the month. Right now just trying to get some sleep at night. Count your blessings! I know it beats the alternative but I'm not happy.

Hope you get better soon it's gonna be tough but I think you may be better by duck season . Physical therapy is tough I'm almost done doing my time there. My best advice is do the exercises. In my opinion the worst thing you could do is to lay in bed and not work it. I'm hoping I won't need back surgery sometime in the near future. I have had these problems for over a year now and been in therapy for 4-5 months and I'm also taking a painkiller every morning and I still get excruciating pain when I play sports or walk long distances.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby The Waterfowler » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:06 pm

Thanks all. Laying in bed doesn't work with this surgery as I have been through this before. Very invasive. I was shooting a .410 after my right shoulder surgery within 6 months. Brian, will make a couple of calls about the Pheasant.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby bulldawgsierra » Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:15 am

These are two woodies I have finished one of them being my first bird ever mounted from start to finish and another one that is drying.ImageImageImage
Still haven't started my own bluebill and buffie but hopefully get to them soon.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby duxrus » Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:36 pm

Woodies are evil thin skinned projects :fingerhead: Seems I always breathe a sigh of relief after finishing each one. Good work
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby fowlweatherfowler » Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:31 am

Last one till I get my order in for bodies and heads.

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby duxrus » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:24 am

Fowlweather,

Something to think about on a dead mount is not all birds will hang the same way. Some have both wings hanging open to different degrees, some both wings will be tight to the body, some will have one loose wing, others might have a broken severely hanging wing. Take the time to hang fresh killed birds together and you will see that they each hang in different positions .

Keep up the hard work :clapping:
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby carpetguy88 » Sun Jun 08, 2014 3:20 pm

My last bird from the 2012-13 season. Which was actually the last bird I shot on my trip to Texas to end the season. Big buff redhead.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby Pete-pec » Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:24 pm

Pretty head on that redhead.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby The Waterfowler » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:06 pm

Remember the old joke about the one armed paperhanger? Well a one armed taxidermist is just as comical. About all I can do is complain. Worked on some habitat tonight though to keep from going crazy. These Black Brant have been collecting dust since last year and I didn't want to do a typical dead mount. I spent a lot of time picking up habitat down there after the hunts. The marine life there is so unique with the bivalves, pink barnacles, sand dollars etc. coupled with all the eel grass blown up in piles on the beaches makes for an interesting project.

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby Pete-pec » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:41 pm

Pretty feather patterns Pat. Reminds me of a ruddy duck slightly.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby The Waterfowler » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:03 pm

They are one of my favorites to hunt, shoot, eat and mount. Wonderful waterfowl.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby Tryingtaxi » Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:01 am

The Waterfowler wrote:Remember the old joke about the one armed paperhanger? Well a one armed taxidermist is just as comical. About all I can do is complain. Worked on some habitat tonight though to keep from going crazy. These Black Brant have been collecting dust since last year and I didn't want to do a typical dead mount. I spent a lot of time picking up habitat down there after the hunts. The marine life there is so unique with the bivalves, pink barnacles, sand dollars etc. coupled with all the eel grass blown up in piles on the beaches makes for an interesting project.

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That is amazing.i hope to get down there to Mexico one day.

Hope your doing well with your arm. I am getting tested for rheumatoid arthritis :fingerhead: too many aches and pains for my age.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby duxrus » Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:35 am

I hope I can pull a Pat and get a banded Atlantic brant come January :thumbsup:

Pat, birds looking good as always but take it easy :tongue:
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby The Waterfowler » Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:52 pm

It can happen! Black and Atlantic I killed the same year.

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