Deciding on Taxidermist
What to look for
when deciding on a taxidermist
following is a list for helping your to
decide on the taxidermist that will mount
your special trophy. Remember there are
exceptions to everything but generally this
list is an overall good rule of thumb to
Most people select a taxidermist on one
basis, Price! This is one of the biggest
mistakes that can be made. Generally if the
price sounds too good to be true it usually
is just that! You get what you pay for.
Quality should be the main emphasis and you
will always pay more for good work. A good
deer mount on your wall that you like and
paid $100 more for, over the next ten years,
will only cost you 2 cents a day over that
of a cheaper deer mount that you map look at
every day and absolutely despise. As you can
see the cost of quality in the long run is
really negligible with a trophy that you
want to have for a long time.
Another important factor is turn around
time. 9 to 12 months is quite the norm with
a reputable taxidermist. The reason it takes
so long is the person's work load. If they
have a large workload it is usually a sign
of being an accomplished taxidermist and a
lot of people are trusting them with their
trophies. Any time frame of less than 6
months should be scrutinized thoroughly.
This could be a sign of very little work or
possibly just throwing things together with
little regard for quality.
Regular premises or work place. Taxidermy is
a business just like any other business and
should be treated as such. The work should
be done in a regular building or area to do
just this kind of work. Along with the
premises comes set hours and a telephone.
you should be able to contact your
taxidermist during his normal business hours
at just about any time, with few exceptions.
Not being able to contact easily is a sure
sign of a fly by night operation. Also
constantly moving from one location to
another shows instability and usually means
your trophy and deposit could end up
missing. Unfortunately it happens!
Beware of the big talker! Talk is cheap and
could always be made to sound better than
things really are. Let the persons work
speak for itself.
Educate yourself in what good taxidermy is.
Visit as many shops in your area as
possible. Look at the work and compare.
Usually the difference is the amount of time
spent on detail.
Don't let horns, antlers or size fog your
vision. These are just one part of a mount.
Look closely at the mouth, nostrils, ears,
and especially the eyes. Do they look real?
Look at the overall mount.
Check with as many people as possible that
have had work done by the taxidermist. Word
of mouth is perhaps the best way in locating
someone reputable and is also the very best
advertising for the taxidermist himself.
Will the person back up their work and be
willing to repair any problem that may occur
with the mount with a reasonable time frame?
Most reputable taxidermists will remedy the
problem if one occurs that they might be
responsible for. Damage from dry heat or
knocking a mount off the wall or other
damages incurred by your obviously wouldn't
Remember: Reputation, Quality, and
Reliability are three things that are
usually work paying a little more for!
BITTERNESS OF POOR QUALITY REMAINS LONG
AFTER THE SWEETNESS OF LOW PRICE IS