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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!
T Hocking

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

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2014 - 09:33pm PT
tons of species i havent done.. There is a LOT of em out there! And yeah,, a peacock bass would be cool!
the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
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)

NOGALES, AZ (CBS5) -
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.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2014 - 11:57pm PT
Q,,i believe there here in this thread. I know i posted a golden..

And Albert,, USFWS is dead serious about live critters and dead. You wont believe the paper work and permits required to import dead bird skins!!
tioga

Mountain climber
pac northwest
Jan 23, 2014 - 02:04pm PT
I keep thinking about preserved Lenin and Mao...
Seen Lenin back when I was 11--looked pretty fresh...way ahead of shrunken head technology.
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
Footloose

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.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 23, 2014 - 02:48pm PT
That is funny Foot! I imagine those corvid types and jays would have a field day thinkin,,"hey,, hes just takin it all" !



It took 15 colors air brushed and hand applied for the brown trout, including two colors of scale tipping. From opaques to transparent and shimmer colors.. Takes four main over sprays just to get a base color. With things like cocoa brown and gold pearl used as blending, fading, tinting colors. Those blenders are magic.

The rocks all hand made as well..(cept for the gravel)





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Chim-Chim

climber
Jan 23, 2014 - 03:14pm PT
Ron, I have that wood for your work that I showed you at the Fest. Maybe going to Costco on Tuesday next week I'll let you know to see if you want to meet up... love to get it to you. DAnk
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 23, 2014 - 03:18pm PT
Sounds good Chim! Ive thought of that stuff a few times !
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2014 - 07:59pm PT
For sale:Mounted specimens,,,, 1 African cape weaver,, one African Golden breasted bunting,, 1 African king bird,, 1 African Mouse bird. All males.


1 Hungarian partridge male

1- 8 lb largemouth bass repro
1- 2.4 lb Brown trout repro

PM me for details..


edit: all African specimens 100% legally imported per USDA regs. (most are pictured in this thread somewhere.)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 24, 2014 - 12:16pm PT
Well ,, im coming close to the end of my commercial taxidermy life. Ive been at this now for 44 years of my 55 on earth. HARD to believe it has been that long. Ive been a well known dermist - even around the world, but all the talent i was blessed with is only a fraction of the whole enchilada of business.
For the last decade or more, i was on the most popular site in the industry, a large one that averages over 400 users at any time of any day. 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 most 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.

And in doing so i cut my own throat here in my area as well. In general folks dont know great work from so so work or from flat out bad work. And my business has bee steadily in decline while taxidermists pop out of the wood work around me. All fueled by the very lessons i provided them. Kind of a cut throat deal these days. So the dream is ending. I will still provide a very limited service to those who know me and for places like the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science- as they do great things with the public and KIDS. But as far as my commercial taxidermy business, i must switch gears as im tired of working 24/7 getting nowhere fast. Kind if a heavy heart in some ways and not so in others. Theres a new direction out there somewhere for me and that lends a bit of excitement for a lack of a better word. But i wanted to thank Gene for inviting me to put this thread up for you all here. It has been truly interesting to see the varied reactions from folks not so centered near my industry. So THANK YOU ALL from the bottom of an old heart.
Elcapinyoazz

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.
moosedrool

climber
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?

;)

Andrzej
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 24, 2014 - 12:28pm PT
BTDT ElCap,, and it take $$$$$$$$$ to get those $$$ clients. For instance a small booth at the SCI show will run 12K or better! And when i started my business it was done so in debt- living off deposits that should have gone to overhead costs. And its been along chain gang sort of deal.

I have other talents that i seek to capitalize on now. My wildland fire experience may get me a job as a fuels manager for the CCFD. My hunting knowledge may get me a job as a hunting sales associate for a popular store now being built in Carson as well. Sometimes companys actually look for those well seasoned as it were lol!


edit: Moose,, ive only BEGUN to be a burr on the arse of my representatives.;-)
Elcapinyoazz

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.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 24, 2014 - 12:54pm PT
Thanks for the suggestions. Truly appreciated ElCap. But alas the many things you mention are being done by half of the people in my industry theses days as the effect hasnt hit just me, but them as well. I used to have a CDL and operated much heavy equipment , but a shoulder injury has taken me out of that game.

After years on no sleep worrying about the bills,, a "fries with that" occupation doesnt seem that bad. Considering that i have to call multiple times just to get some one to come in and pay for the work, then get delayed countless times as bills go past due just doesnt cut the mustard anymore.

Im still a climber, but not being able to afford that has also burned my tucas a bit. 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.
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