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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2011 - 10:16am PT
Never been there, but it looks like an interesting place!! I saw a recent article on Martha Stewart about taxidermy as home decor- seems it is gaining a crowd of city types even!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2011 - 10:43am PT

Credit: Ron Anderson


This is a competition piece done for the 2007 world show. The sage brush has a 3/8 threaded rod through to near the tip, and goes into the base- and is comprised of about five major pieces from different brush, all bonded together, textured and painted to match the real wood. The root system is root collected from several different brushes, tress etc, and all put into place one by one to "build" composition. Floral techniques on composition are also used including "heaven, man and earth" basics as well as pos/neg space, color co-ordinations and non centering flows etc.. This was a piece i had had in my head since i drew it for my mother when i was about 10 years old..it got a 2nd in world and was featured in industry magazines and web sites. Twas a labor of love for Mom, and i hope she was pleased..
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Oct 18, 2011 - 10:49am PT
death is currency.
i traded two deaths for some sonshine.

the inheritant will surely enjoy thoroughly
the concluding passage that was assigned to me.
that death will weave in and out of
god's passion, and leave Her drunk.

im not sure now what im up against.
i've got to die twice,
once the death of a martyr
and once the death of a villian.

im bored of death's game,
for i always win,

though the villians death coming to me
should me, intrigue,
as the culmination of my questioneering.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2011 - 11:46am PT
That reminds me Weeg,, A lady taxidermist friend of mine down in the bay area just had a customer call her about,,,,,,,mounting his FINGER! Yes,, he lost his ring finger in a work accident, and the hospital let him keep it, now he wants it "mounted"...

Ive done a few REPRODUCTION humans and or parts for scenes before, but never the real thing. And of course, Ive had wives ask how much to "stuff" their hubbies and Hubbies asking how much for wives..;-D

nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Oct 18, 2011 - 11:48am PT
That's the most I've ever learned from a Supertopo thread.

Way outside my normal realm of experience, but the dedication and skill are evident. The lifelike quality of your work is a testament to your passion.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2011 - 11:59am PT
Thanks Nutjob,, you know the buzz i get when completing a piece is much like the buzz one gets when completing a difficult pitch.! And they both only last a little while, and must be re-fed..;-)
nick d

Trad climber
nm
Oct 18, 2011 - 07:19pm PT
Ron, the family I asked about, the old man, Tom Bolack was one of the first really big oil millionaires in NM. He was briefly governor of our state He was a big trophy hunter in the late 50's and into the 60's. My father used to take me out to their ranch to see his trophy room which was, well not quite basketball court size.

All the taxidermy was realtively crude, but the dudes collection was awesome. I'm pretty sure he had one of the biggest polar bears ever taken. I never thought of him as a sportsman, to get that bear he flew around in a chopper until they found a really big one. I think he got a lot of his African trophys the same way. That aint hunting to me.

The old man was a drunk, a bad guy really. When he wanted to punish his son Tommy he frequently locked him in a closet for long periods. My old man was a long time acquaintance and my family was on friendly terms with Tom is why I'm privy to these kind of details.

Anyway, Tom finally checked out leaving the empire to Tommy and Tommy built himself a super deluxe pad quite a ways from the original house. I don't think it held a lot of great memories for him. I haven't gone to see it but he had a lot of the taxidermy redone in the lifelike action style that a lot of your work shows. I have the impression Tommy might have sunk a really big chunk of change into it. The next time I get a chance to go see his pad I'll be sure to get some good photos and post em up here.

Thanks a lot for showing us your work, it's really fun to see!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2012 - 08:50am PT
An old Freind of mine, Igor Caragodin (from Russia) is pictured working on a MOST SPECIAL project, a california Condor- a victim from AZ. A Once in a lifetime opportunity! And Igor is a talented Artist!


edit: NickD, that would be cool to see!
Credit: Ron Anderson

Credit: Ron Anderson

^^^Igor working the nine foot wing span on this awsome bird.. Its being mounted for a museum of course..


locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Jul 28, 2012 - 08:55am PT


"Its being mounted for a museum of course.."...



Send that bird over here...

It's big enough for me, to "MOUNT"!!!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2012 - 09:08am PT
could hang glide on the back of that dude!
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jul 28, 2012 - 09:31am PT
That's NOT a California Condor. ( is it? )

I've seen California Condors. They ALL have serial numbers on them ( that's how you know you're getting genuine Condor, and not generic buzzard ).
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Jul 28, 2012 - 09:39am PT
Ron, you are really good!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jul 28, 2012 - 09:40am PT
Ha Chaz! I was wondering the same thing - if the bird would have his tags on. The only one I saw, had tags. The tags were diagnostic for a positive ID!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2012 - 09:43am PT
Trust me,, its a "for realsie" Condor lol! Tags were prolly removed during necropsies and tissue exams.. And Thanks Norton!

Igor is also an internationally known "dermist" - and a very cool person. He does a lot of museum work in his off time from Vetrinary work.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jul 28, 2012 - 10:11am PT
bates ... bates ... why does this name stick in my mind?
Some Random Guy

Trad climber
San Francisco
Jul 28, 2012 - 10:46am PT
talent man, talent!

i've always wanted to know, why can't humans be mounted? isn't it illegal or something?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2012 - 07:55pm PT
Yes actually in most areas mounting of humans is frowned upon ! BUT the Chinese have taken the preservation to fascinating extent with their latest human body exhibits which caught MUCH FLAK while here in the US.!

Credit: Ron Anderson

thier version of "the thinker".. You can see the musculature, the nerves- everything is preserved.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jul 28, 2012 - 07:57pm PT
Some of us snuck into the body exhibit late at night while it was in another country. That added an awful layer of creepiness to it. I lasted 10 second and high-tailed it out of there! Bleck!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2012 - 08:06pm PT
hes thinkin,,,"dang man,, my brain is gonna get wet if it rains"...DOH!
Some Random Guy

Trad climber
San Francisco
Jul 28, 2012 - 09:27pm PT
yeah i never made it to san jose to see that exhibit when it was here but i have taken med classes and got to "play" with preserved corpses. not as freaky or disturbing as one would think.
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