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Big Mike

Trad climber
Dec 14, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
Nice work Ron. Your stuff is art. I disagree with wes about Tradesmen too. There is a difference between the artists and the hacks..
Ian Jewell

Dec 14, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
Credit: Ian Jewell
Credit: Ian Jewell
Credit: Ian Jewell
Credit: Ian Jewell
Credit: Ian Jewell
Credit: Ian Jewell
Credit: Ian Jewell
Big Mike

Trad climber
Dec 14, 2013 - 06:35pm PT
You're welcome Ron! I've seen some stuff in person as well that left a lot to be desired. A lot of people seem to think they can wash their own windows too, but they don't typically look as good as mine!

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Dec 18, 2013 - 08:16am PT
But has Ron turned any of his artworks into RC helicopters, like this Danish artist?

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Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jan 8, 2014 - 05:42pm PT
Finally made it to Ron's shop yesterday, to meet the man hisself and drop off a pine marten roadkill from Tahoe City. Very impressive stuff going on that little shop.

Here's the "before" of the marten, all 26" and 2 lb, 7 oz of him (here's another shot for scale). I can't wait to see the "after!"

Credit: Willoughby

Jan 8, 2014 - 08:19pm PT
Hey Ron,

Must have missed the thread. Have only viewed a few photos. Great work! My friend I grew up with has a taxidermy business (just noticed). I haven't popped in yet, partly cause I haven't seen him in 26 years and live half a continent away. I need to check him out next time. He was there when I caught a 28 inch chain pickerel 28 years ago. It was 2 ounces(???) shy of the state record.

I got it "mounted" as my 12 yr old b-day gift (biggest catch of anything at the time). I forgot about it after high school but found it in Mom's attic 10 years ago. I've been a high school biology teacher for 9 years now and its proudly presented in my classroom. While not a "trophy fish" it was beautifully done and begs questions/ conversations from students and parents alike year after year.



Jan 22, 2014 - 05:53pm PT
Ron go to the Crosby lodge site and check out the large fish of the year so far. Pilot Peak baby its on and im sure we will see a 30 plus pounder in the next two years.

Ill be up there in the spring for some shakers.
the albatross

Gym climber
Jan 22, 2014 - 07:54pm PT
Beautiful art you have here Ron. Thanks for sharing..
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jan 22, 2014 - 09:17pm PT
Nice work on the trout Ron!!!
Have ya ever done any saltwater species?
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jan 22, 2014 - 09:30pm PT
Is there a species you haven't done that you would like to do?
the albatross

Gym climber
Jan 22, 2014 - 10:02pm PT
Check this out, curious to here your perspective Ron:

Officers seize parakeet at border

Posted: Jan 22, 2014 6:21 PM MST

By Breann Bierman
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Authorities have seized a live pet parakeet found inside a camera bag about to make its way across the border.

Customs and Border Patrol agriculture specialists assigned to the Tucson Field Officer seized the animal under the Animal Health Protection Act.

The 41-year-old California man attempting to enter the U.S. with the bird was fined.

The bird was turned over to USDA-Veterinary Service.

CBP said all birds brought into the U.S., with the exception of Canada, must be quarantined for 30 days at a USDA bird quarantine facility.

Birds are regulated since they can carry the viral and bacterial diseases.

(Article fails to mention that birds can fly and routinely ignore such things as international borders).
Q- Ball

Mountain climber
where the wind always blows
Jan 22, 2014 - 11:38pm PT
Hey Ron-

I have always wanted to see a good Hun, or Golden Trout.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 23, 2014 - 02:12pm PT
Stoned to death and hung out to look stupid.  BPOE, Merced.  The eleve...
Stoned to death and hung out to look stupid. BPOE, Merced. The eleventh hour is at hand.
Credit: mouse from merced

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Jan 23, 2014 - 02:22pm PT
Ron, Will,
beautiful job on the Great Horned Owl!
just noticed it. Remember to keep it out of sight
and reach of the local scrub jays, maybe Stellar's too?

I used to have a Great Horned Owl from bitd, had it
for years, blue jays discovered it through an open garage
window and over a week's time, flew sorties in there and
ripped it apart. All the while I thought the jays just
had a fascination with my garage!

I mounted it when I was about 16.

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Feb 24, 2014 - 12:22pm PT
Seminars/classes for aspring dermists, gun/hunting show live demos, and high end clientele using contacts of the highest end guide companies.

Just some possibilities to get out of the day to day grind while still capitalzing on the expertise and reputatation. Nothing you haven't thought of I'd guess, but starting over at 50-some?

Good luck in any case.

Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Feb 24, 2014 - 12:28pm PT
Sorry to hear you are out of business. Good luck with your next endeavor!

You say:

During this i gave out lessons and tutorials and other articles in that forum in an effort to expand the minds of taxidermists so they might charge a decent price for what is the mist under-priced art work out there. This actually backfired in a big way and all that i ended up doing was to help create a swarm of new taxidermists into the field that under cut all pricing, driving the industry backwards. Utter failure for the industry-that.

I say, isn't it a sign you should stay out of politics?



Social climber
Joshua Tree
Feb 24, 2014 - 12:44pm PT
My hunting knowledge may get me a job as a hunting sales associate for a popular store now being built in Carson as well

Manning a counter at Bass Pro? Seems a small step above "Fries with that?" or "Welcome to Wal Mart". Seems like some of the hunting shows, like the old Buck-o-rama back in the SE, would pay you to run a booth doing demos. I remember seeing plenty of booths BITD where they weren't a product/service company but something the show itself provided for entertainment/ to draw people in etc. But sounds like you've checked those things out.

What about architectural modeling. The details of plants, rocks, etc that you already model might be desirable for those big firms when they do full on landscape mockups...though the advent of 3-D printers might put an end to that business in short order.

I just can't see standing on your feet all day, entertaining dumb ass questions from an endless procession of n00bs and numpties in a retail environment after running your own show for so long.

There's always commercial trucking. Low barrier to entry, and at least you're on your own program most of the time. Nobody telling you when you get a coffee break, and seems like plenty of demand.

Social climber
the Wastelands
Feb 24, 2014 - 01:01pm PT
I just can't see standing on your feet all day,

well, at 63 with my spine I could not do it

but Ron is younger and stronger and ya gotta do what ya gotta do to make a living

you are doing the right thing in recognizing the slow death of private taxidermy and looking for income elsewhere, you know how to get by on less so even $9/hr at a store works

good luck, Ron, sincerely
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Feb 24, 2014 - 01:20pm PT
good luck Ron,

hope you're able to find a productive alternative, especially one where you can express your creative spirit.

It's been fun seeing your artwork here. Like taking a trip to the museum.

A long way from where I started
Feb 24, 2014 - 01:32pm PT
Theres is a place known as rock bottom. I know this place. I have lived it for the last few years. ANYTHING now is a step up.

I lived in that place for a while when I was just a couple of years younger than you are now. Eventually found my way out, and I'm sure you will, too.

Good luck.
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