I would argue just one point about that statement (speaking of the bird forum). Everyone who is anyone, IS NOT on that forum. As a matter of fact, there are very few people who are anyone really, and that applies to lending any information with exception to the most absolute newbie questions. The wingtips are certainly helpful tutorials, but Eugene has now left to FB to do his thing, and no one has replaced those tutorials with anything new.....although he shared plenty!
I'm not trying to be a jerk, but to be honest, I'm thinking about taking a break from that forum, simply due to all the argumentative people, and the silly little fights that are behind the scenes. You could probably argue that I'm doing the same thing here lol? I'm just saying it is not what it once was. There are some people (like in any business) with some super-egos, that would just assume argue on how to tie a shoe. We all know there are about ten thousand different techniques in this wonderful world of taxidermy....don't we Brian? LOL
Don't get me wrong, we get the same newbie questions here, but folks are sharing far less than ever, due to the influx of people deciding to give taxidermy a try on their own. Getting a piece mounted is purely a luxury, that I understand. I do not understand why so many full time taxidermists get bothered by this and refuse to share ideas? If you do good work, you will not lose your market share. You still need artistic talent to pull off the mount as well as composition and balance. This is typically inherent, and not a learned trait. If these newbies give it a try, and most realize it is not as easy as it might look, they will certainly come back and get their stuff mounted by a professional.....not always, but most often I would think?
Breakthrough is a great magazine!
Please know (Ledford) I'm not trying to cause a stir. I've just been teetering on the fence on taking a break.....from most forums to be honest lol.