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Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Feb 24, 2014 - 01:37pm PT
Dude, this is your art and your chosen life profession. Unless you just don't have the fire in your belly for it anymore, why give it up to a bunch of newbie wannabes?

The market has changed (bummer that you might have had a hand it making that happen)...figure out a way to work within it. Any of us small specialty business owners have had to deal with the big boxes coming to town- you can succeed & excel when you find a way to differentiate yourself from the other lowballing wankers. You need to want to do it, though.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 24, 2014 - 01:48pm PT
Manning a counter at Bass Pro? Seems a small step above "Fries with that?"

Yours truly worked almost seven years for the BN company in BDalton Bookseller in a mall, where most of them are cash cows for mamma. They did not hire me for the new BN store here in town.

I took a post as a seller of used books, a step down, certainly, but I made my customers happy and that was my goal, because it made me happy.

Ron has mad skills at what he knows. I knew reading and books in the same way. Books are a dying breed apparently, much like literate commentary around our vague, misshapen world. Taxidermy is going to the dogs, so to speak.

Ron is not afraid, just not sure where to go next.

Whatever you do next, Ron, take neebee's advice.
A bookmark for you.
A bookmark for you.
Credit: mouse from merced
I am waiting for $$ to send LennyBrews, the deadmouse, my brother & fellow Flame. He may arrive in early March.

I'd like him standing on a rock, shouldering a sharpened yellow pencil ( a #2 with a clean eraser).

Many thanks.

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Feb 24, 2014 - 02:37pm PT
Look at it this way-
You dont have to give up taxidermy, and probably wont. What you can do is pick and choose the best of what people bring to you. Unique mounts, exotics, rare species and such that others wouldnt have the opportunity to work with.

And, if you find yourself with a steady, keeps the bills paid kinda job in the meantime, then the money you make on the additional taxidermy work is frosting on the cake. Only without the headache of stressing over next months rent money, nawmean?

Anyway, if you quit altogether, who the hell is gona stuff birds for me when i finally save some disposable income?

Keep truckin dude, summits still out there.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Feb 24, 2014 - 02:57pm PT
Good luck with whatever new ventures come your way Ron. Glad I was able to get a piece made by you before you retire. More climbing time can't be so bad, right :)
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Feb 24, 2014 - 03:12pm PT
Good luck on whatever trail you choose Ron,
hope the position with CCFD works out for ya!

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Feb 24, 2014 - 03:17pm PT
Ron this is a sincere question that I hope you will put aside all our amusing differences to take seriously.
I want to save the pelt of my dog Goldie when (hopefully years from now) she passes. I don't think I want to have her mounted in a pose or anything but I have a deep sense that I want to preserve her pelt as a rug or blanket. How weird is that? Now for the weirder part.
I have stripped small game without the intent of saving a pelt. But this would be different. She is a beloved companion and I would not want the pelt f*#ked up by removal or preservation and that is not my field of experience. Pets are not meat if you know what I mean. What I want to ask you is can this be something I do myself? Would it just be way better to have a non emotionally attached professional do it? Then there is the awkwardness of a naked body disposal in the Boulder "Bubble". I have already contemplating burying her remains in the Colorado wild-lands I know. But the thought of either transporting her stripped carcass and getting pulled over or stripping her at the site and being caught just kind of make my head waggle.
I am asking you because I admire the quality of the work you do and thought you would give me a straight answer. Without the ew gross response most people would give me.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Feb 24, 2014 - 03:17pm PT
No worries Ron, I know you got stuff going on, just glad we met and I put an order in for some Quail before you decided to retire. Bummer that taxidermy is going the way of other skill trades/art these days. Good luck with everything.

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Feb 24, 2014 - 03:48pm PT
Thank you Ron I appreciate the solid answer.
Not sure if I could do it or not and really hope I have years to figure it out.

Ice climber
Bzn, mt
Feb 24, 2014 - 04:43pm PT
Mighty hunter
Mighty hunter
Credit: jeepnphreak
the albatross

Gym climber
Feb 24, 2014 - 05:33pm PT
Best of luck, Ron. I'm sure most of us have been in the downs at some point or other in their lives. I know I have.

I hope you get the fuels job, it's obvious you have a great understanding of wildland fire and I'm sure you would be a valuable asset to the program.

I still might be hitting you up if I'm lucky enough to land a monster Striped Bass.

Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Jun 3, 2014 - 06:28pm PT
A fine offer! I'd snap it up but I don't have that chalet built yet. I suppose it's illegal to ship it to California or something dumb like that. Frigin state won't let me mail order elk hide and won't let Tandy carry it either.

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jun 3, 2014 - 06:39pm PT
Ron...You have any of those sasquatch furs...? I'm heading back up to sonora pass...rj

Social climber
Jun 3, 2014 - 06:51pm PT
hey there say, ron... wow, just saw this... retireing, then... oh my...

hope the next 'trail in life' will do well ... yep, like mouse said, bloom where planted... you will know which trail to work, when it comes...

we all enjoyed seeing all this work of yours...

extra note:
wow, i remember my auntie that died, years back, in her pond, HAD a bearskin rug--it came from our grandparents house--not sure from where, or who, but they lived in ohio (think it was brownish?)... i remember the smell of it, as a kid, when we visited there...
never did know what happened to it, but it was one of those unique kid-memory things, :)) ...

thanks for sharing, once again...

Sport climber
Aug 10, 2014 - 01:58pm PT

Taxidermy has been going on at Finnskogen for decades. You find the art, more or less skilfully done, in many homes. Here's a collection from "Finnskogen Turist- og Villmarksenter"

Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow

Sep 6, 2014 - 07:14pm PT
Just read this article and thought you might be interested.

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Oct 8, 2014 - 09:56am PT
I just BAGGED this sucker, Ron.
How much would charge to have it STUFFED?

Credit: Cosmiccragsman

BTW, Fantastic work on that Lion!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Oct 8, 2014 - 11:01am PT
Hey Ron, How's those Quails lookin?
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Oct 8, 2014 - 12:04pm PT
Awesome Ron, Thanks.
If you don't mind perhaps they can hang out there for a bit. Will try and make a trip up north in the next 6 months or so and get some climbs in. If I can't make it I will let you know and send shipping costs to you so you can send them to me.

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Oct 8, 2014 - 12:40pm PT
Nice work as always, Ron.
Ojai Alex

Trad climber
Ojai, CA
Nov 8, 2014 - 03:05pm PT
I just saw this exhibit last weekend at the Nevada Museum of Art.
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