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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 30, 2011 - 05:20pm PT
Thread by request so heres some samples of what i do, and do so out of love and intense interest for wildlife. It may be one of the hardest jobs to do at the least per hour you can think of.

18 foot nile croc
18 foot nile croc
Credit: Ron Anderson

Credit: Ron Anderson

3.5 lb brook trout reproduction
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Sep 30, 2011 - 05:21pm PT
Hey I'm curious about one thing Ron... do you get a lot of requests from folks to stuff their dearly departed pet dogs? I saw a good judge judy about a botched pet stuff and the weirdo woman had the lil pooch in her freezer AS EVIDENCE hahahaha.

Have you ever done a horse, like Trigger? (that sounds beastial! lol)

DMT

ps. just light hearted questions. While I am not the sort who would engage your services I really think your action poses like the cat with the, what is that, a chukar, anyway, I think those are really a step above most anything else I've seen
Gene

climber
Sep 30, 2011 - 05:22pm PT
Ron,

Is that the before or after shot of that croc?

Thanks for the thread. You have some very serious skills and talent.

g
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2011 - 05:28pm PT
You bet Gene!

and Dingus, yes the "pet market" has increased drastically and it all started in,,,,,New York city lol! Ive only done one black FAT cat in the previous years. I COULD NEVER do one of my own, and we charge a hefty price for these 100% custom mounts . It is one of THE most difficult jobs you can do, and Ive sweat like a whore in confession each and every time Ive worked on one, as people are INTAMATLY familiar with their dear departed, they have to be ,, pardon the pun,, "dead on".....
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2011 - 05:31pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson
worlds smallest antelope, a "suni" from africa abut 14" high


Credit: Ron Anderson
4lb rainbow trout

Credit: Ron Anderson

an african "Duiker rock scene"

Credit: Ron Anderson

detail of repro rock





Gene

climber
Sep 30, 2011 - 05:34pm PT
You do Aliens too?

Credit: Gene
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Sep 30, 2011 - 05:36pm PT
Nope! Chuck Testa.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJP1DphOWPs

I think this guy has done more for bringing attention to the profession than anyone in a long while. He's an internet meme now.

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/nope-chuck-testa

Ron, make a Youtube video for your business as well sometime.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2011 - 05:41pm PT
No kidding there !!! Actually, hes a freind of mine in California,,, and that was a BRILLIANT ploy!!

and Gene, for a price aliens are nooo prblem!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2011 - 05:44pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

This was a combo of another taxidermist and myself, i did the finish work on the sheep as well as the habitat and rock work, which is at the top of concourse B stairway in the Reno airport...Mural was by Reno artist Chris Lacey.

Credit: Ron Anderson

Mtn lion face, slight snarl...
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2011 - 05:54pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

buffle head drake

Credit: Ron Anderson
Nv bobcat

Credit: Ron Anderson

gobble gobble gobble!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2011 - 05:57pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

an african Genet (cat family)

Credit: Ron Anderson

shop foreman,, ya never know where the little baztard will pop out of!

Credit: Ron Anderson
california quail...


The user formerly known as stzzo

Social climber
Sep 30, 2011 - 06:01pm PT
Ok...

Apparently I know nary about taxidermy.

The mtn lion didn't have a snarl on it's face when you got it, right? How does one shape a dead animal's face like that?

Nice work!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Sep 30, 2011 - 06:04pm PT
In general, stuffed animals creep me out (I'm soft). A nightmare trip for me is to one of those Cabelas or Bass Pro Shops (or whatever store). STUFFED ANIMALS EVERYWHERE! I asked a clerk there why the human clothes were hung on fake humans instead of stuffed ones. Seems only fair to have taxidermied (sp?) people in there too.

They have NO sense of humor.

Though the stuff I've seen in the past has bugged me, your work is beautiful and the animals don't look even a tiny bit freaky. I can't even look at the Cougar - I have actual fear looking at it - VERY realistic and scary!
apogee

climber
Sep 30, 2011 - 06:06pm PT
The whole premise is pretty conflicting to me, but that aside, that looks like nice work, Ron.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2011 - 06:25pm PT
Stzzo, it is in the sculpting work that is done in ceramic clay on top of a commercial form that has been resized to the cat. Taxidermists have to be sculptors, painters, have composition and color co-ordination skills, basic carpentry and design skills and be able to see anatomy and symmetry. That separates those who try and those that can. It takes a lot of earning your dues, and attention to detail and reference.

Apogee, no conflict at all, ill let ya think on it for a mo..;-)


Crimpie! Coming from you with your general feelings,,,,that IS A VERY nice compliment!

this one is for you, a European Jay
Credit: Ron Anderson
WBraun

climber
Sep 30, 2011 - 06:28pm PT
What a Pro!!!

Awesome Ron .......
locker

Social climber
CO
Sep 30, 2011 - 06:28pm PT


and then there's THIS...

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LOL!!!...



locker

Social climber
CO
Sep 30, 2011 - 06:29pm PT


Even online it's easy to tell that your work is of high quality...

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2011 - 06:41pm PT
thaDood, UNFORUNATLY in THIS country, all protected species are ILLEGAL to posess regardless of circumstance, without a permit from the USFWS, and they only give those out to learning institutions, museums, nature centers etc,, and some NA tribal members. All the MILLIONS of raptors and song birds hit on aour nations roadways must go to waste basically. Canada does it differently there, and those road kills are considered part of the countries "treasure", and you could easily get a permit for it. (sigh).. Being a taxidermist, i also have to be up to date on the CFRS , USFWS regulations,as well as Cites, lacey act and State laws regarding wildlife, which are VOLUMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!


and THANKS FOLKS! Wasnt sure how this was going to "go down" lol!


i have like 110 files of pictures...lemme know if theres something particular youd like to see lol...
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Sep 30, 2011 - 06:45pm PT
That is beautiful, and I'm sure painstaking work. I always get joy out of seeing people who can practice their art for a living, regardless of the medium they choose...thanks for sharing.
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