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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 5, 2013 - 01:17pm PT
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A finished Merriams/ Rio cross typical NV bird...
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 8, 2013 - 02:14pm PT
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Had a Mouse inda house last night. ^^^ We had some yuks, fiddled some tunes and generally BEE Essed...
splitter

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 8, 2013 - 02:40pm PT
Those Common Mergansers look awesome! A Mouse from Merced in the house, what an honor. Life is such an adventure. Keep it real, bros! And don't do anything Batso wouldn't do, eh?

edit: "look awesome" - so does the gobbler (WOW)!! I'm gonna have'ta start keeping an eye out for some fresh road kill to bring up to ya. lol

An Uncommon Mouse from Merced, that is!!! ;)
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Nov 8, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
Hi Ron , I agree with many of your points .
Hunters have done a lot of wildlife ..
I learned this as a birder .


Cheers
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 8, 2013 - 05:29pm PT
Beautiful work as usual, Ron!

It's so nice seeing that Mouse get out and about.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Nov 8, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
Taxidermy isn't REALLY an art. It is simply a (poor) reconstruction of the reality that once existed. I will never understand someone who wants to display a stuffed animal full of chemicals with pride. But I do like deer and elk meat.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 8, 2013 - 06:54pm PT
Really now wes.. As a former certified Natl judge for taxidermy competitions, i used MANY art regimes and techniques to judge mounts by.. Like floral art rules, composition and design and color schemes. Things like SCULPTING are judged, air brush and hand painting ,, and even carving, casting or shaping the mannikins along with anatomical accuracy..


I do not put on so much as a grass twig on a scene by random or accident. It is all set to make a "piece flow" which by the way is an ART term..I have a slough of "Artistic presentation awards as well too. On my second in world award plaque its criteria is : Taxidermy skill, ARTISTIC impact and creativity.

And as my mounts routinely fool people that think they are alive,, i dont think my "poor representations" are "poorly" done..


mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Nov 8, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
I don't give a sh#t about how you guys judge each other's stuffed animals... it ain't art. At best it is a poor reconstruction.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Nov 8, 2013 - 07:19pm PT
Good taxidermy (and even some terrible taxidermy) is definitely an art. Hell, even just putting up museum skins is an art. But it also has incredible utility. My organization participates in a great variety of festivals and public events, and having Ron's masterfully lifelike specimens at our booth pulls people in like a tractor beam. They're incredible educational tools. We also use these in many in-school education programs, and they're waaaaay easier to care for than a live bird.

Never mind my goofy face, but here's a shot from Truckee River Day a few weeks back. Lots of people approached cautiously, and several asked if the birds were alive. Horned owls get hit by cars all the time around here, which is a major bummer, so it's fantastic to be able to resurrect one for purposes like this. We at TINS are very grateful for Ron's art.

Credit: Willoughby
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 8, 2013 - 07:20pm PT
Yep its art. Amazing the difference between good and poor taxidermy.

So is the below item someone posted.

Been wondering where the spiderbug went.

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 8, 2013 - 07:27pm PT
Will,, NICE SHOT-- Love the youngsters there learning about things of nature!


And Climb2ski,, yeah Spidey got moved down here a decade or more ago.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Nov 8, 2013 - 07:32pm PT
hahahaaaa.... your stuffed animals fooled some kids Rong? You must be very proud.

Still ain't art... just a poor reconstruction of what was once reality.

A trade at best. Don't get me wrong, I know plenty of tradesmen who do beautiful work... but it ain't art.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Nov 8, 2013 - 07:36pm PT
Got a set of those J.W. Elwood Northwestern School of Taxidermy lessons when I was in 8th grade and went out on the local highways and byways looking for road kill to mount.

Boy! Those were the days! How about ordering some preserved frogs for my first lesson? Mom didn't approve of the smell around the house. If I recollect correctly, that's what put an end to my career as a neophyte taxidermist. What do they say about kids who take up morbid hobbies?
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Nov 9, 2013 - 10:51am 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 - 10:54am 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 - 11:55am 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 - 12:23pm 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 - 05:31pm 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 - 02:08pm PT
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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 - 02:37pm 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..
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