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Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Nov 9, 2013 - 01:51pm PT
Been wondering where the spiderbug went.

Me too!! Where is that thing? Near your shop, Ron? Why'd it get relocated? Looked better up on the rooftop in Reno. It was my favorite Reno landmark for years. Actually, I'm not convinced that's the same one. Face looks different. Quick google search reveals that there's a lot of these out there. Sorry for the thread drift, but anybody know what happened to the Reno one?

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 9, 2013 - 01:54pm PT
From the story i got Will,, Ed's RV bought spidey from the Reno locale. And Yeah,, its about 1/10 of a mile from my shop..Its been there for 2 decades i imagine at least..
Spidey is a google earth land mark!


edit: and wessie,, YOU BET YUR azz im PROUD of youths being interested in my ART. In fact i really cant express in type how that picture of Will and kids and the achievement feel to me. To be a small part of a youths introduction to things flora and fauna is a meritorious service ribbon to me.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 9, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
Pinfeathers, mechrist!  Yer an artist at makin' a dork of yerself.
Pinfeathers, mechrist! Yer an artist at makin' a dork of yerself.
Credit: mouse from merced
Give it a rest, okay, dog?
Give it a rest, okay, dog?
Credit: mouse from merced

In my opinion, Willoughby's one of the best at professionalism and artistry in combination.

He gets every little thing perfect.

"Gocd job!"
--Alex T. on Jeopardy!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 9, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
Like that decoy shot Mouser! And the "noodles" too..Her full name,, Sally O-noodles Anderson, aka "Noods".. Max is also known as : "Green bird", "Sweet puhtater" and "Mean green amazon queen"...
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Nov 9, 2013 - 08:31pm PT
edit: and wessie,, YOU BET YUR azz im PROUD of youths being interested in my ART. In fact i really cant express in type how that picture of Will and kids and the achievement feel to me. To be a small part of a youths introduction to things flora and fauna is a meritorious service ribbon to me.

yeah, Rong, I pick up what you are putting down. That is how some of us feel when kids (and even grown men) finally pull their heads out of their asses and ACTUALLY learn something about science... instead of insisting they already understand things they clearly have no fuking clue about.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 14, 2013 - 05:08pm PT
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Missing photo ID#335103


A remounted Pronghorn in the 18" class. Before, it was a straight shoulder mount with a very skinny neck and no "posture". The customer was unhappy ( not my work originally) so i got it to re mount.

One of the problems is that in rehydration you can loose hair if not ultra careful of bacteria. Another problem is that in getting a larger neck look, onc must get the skin from somewhere- which means a shortened cape as you must draw the skin forward ( actual taxiDERMY ) --the movement of skin. This drawing forward rises the hair and increases the over all look of the mount. Then you have naked mannequin at the base of the mount that now has to be delt with. I trimmed the back of the mannikin at a 45 degree slant to get the offsweep motion left- while turning his head right. Then built rock and brush starting from a plywood cut out, then hot glueing foam chunks, then sculpting with fix-it-all and vermiculite to create the actual rocks which then are painted via spray bottles and water running or antiquing techniques, aka washes.... It hangs on the wall from one point just as it did before as it is also balanced..
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
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

climber
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
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 14, 2013 - 06:11pm PT
Thanks BigMike! And as you can see from Ians posting,, there is a lot of ART work under the skin as well as over it involved, and it can easily go array, astray and otherwise wrongly! Common thing to argue taxidermy as an art vs trade. The difference is obvious between the tradesmen and artists.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
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!
Randisi

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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Missing photo ID#250726
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 18, 2013 - 04:46pm PT
No i havent done a quad cat yet...


But heres one of the small bennies of being a taxidermist: A customer/friend just dropped by with a sack full of: elk chops, pork chops, wild caught coho and king salmon, smoked salmon, halibut, antelope sausage and burger.!!! The salmon is deep orange red,, and NO co2 was used in its processing,,100% organic. Caught off Prince sound AK..


Hes also so happy with his remounted antelope and wall habitat he now wants all of his heads re-done with wall mount habitats..
Willoughby

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
skywalker

climber
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.

Cheers!!!

S...
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2014 - 05:45pm PT
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Missing photo ID#341782
WTF

climber
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.

http://www.crosbylodge.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=95&Itemid=139
the albatross

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

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2014 - 08:20pm PT
Thanks Albert, And saw that on the other thread WTF!

Heres the finished brown. A replica painted from emailed photos.

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photo kinda washes out all my nice halo work. :-/


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?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2014 - 09:21pm PT
Yep.. Tuna, dolphin fish, marlin, sail fish etc etc. Did a bunch on smaller reef fish for a nature center - all reproductions. Some were fantastic colors!
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