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From Novice… to Best of Show

From Novice… to Best of Show

by Dave Sprout

From Novice to Best of Show – that was an outcome I never envisioned in 2011 when I entered my first competition as a novice at the World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships in Springfield, Illinois. Looking back on this journey, this accomplishment was fueled by a simple desire to get better, and then finding and taking advantage of the best resources available. I carved my first fish during the early ’90s, but my work was very crude. Work and family life intervened, and I set aside any thoughts on how to improve my carvings. Then in 2009, I purchased a Bob Berry carving book and I carved a trout. I was intimidated by the painting and the project remained unfinished. A year later, I took a flat art painting class with a local artist through the continuing education program of the state technical college. My project was to finish painting my trout, and I surprised myself, as it looked better than I thought it would. With the realization that my fish carving could improve with a little self-help, I was inspired to try carving another fish.

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Painting and Installing Fish Eyes into a Cast Fish

Painting and Installing Fish Eyes into a Cast Fish

by World Champion Mike Kirkhart

When it comes to eyes, I feel the life of the mount starts in the eyes. Most of us look into the eyes of each other to communicate and the instinct is to look at a creature in the eyes before scanning the rest of the body. I look at fish the same way. A good fish mount needs a great eye set, just like as with animals and birds. The tricky part of fish eyes is the variety of species and the various colors of eyes they can have. If you take into account the different sizes needed, it’s crazy to have that much inventory in stock waiting to fit into the size fish on your bench. Yes, I keep lots of precolored Flex Eyes in stock, but when I have fish that have larger eyes or need different shapes and profiles, it’s always better to paint them myself.

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2019 Breakthrough Awards, Part 1

2019 Breakthrough Awards, Part 1

Publisher’s note: We had a tremendous response from the many talented winners of the Breakthrough Award for Judges’ Choice Best of Show. With so many excellent professional photos and excellent write-ups about their awards, it filled 15 dedicated pages, too many to fit into this one issue. Instead of running photos small and cutting text so that we could reduce the page numbers, we decided to honor the winners with a two-part series which will continue next issue.

Featured winners from 2019 in this issue:

  • NTA  Clint Rickey
  • New Zealand—Louise Pearson
  • Australia—Ben Carillo
  • Canada—Georgie Elekes
  • Alabama—Ryan Searce
  • Arizona—Terry Johnson
  • California—Seth Lane
  • Colorado—Doug Barnes
  • Florida—Mike Mizelle
  • Illinois—Bruce Owens
  • Indiana—Chip Wendt
  • Kansas—Cory Foth
  • Kentucky—Butch Irwin
  • Louisiana—Lee Duet

NEXT ISSUE: 2019 BREAKTHROUGH AWARD WINNERS FROM MAINE, QUEBEC, MICHIGAN, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA, OKLAHOMA, SOUTH DAKOTA, TEXAS, UTAH, VIRGINIA, WYOMING

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Waterfowl Photo Reference Study: Teal Part III

Waterfowl Photo Reference Study: Teal Part III

by Larry Blomquist

This will be the final part of my three-part reference articles on teal of the world. There are more species and subspecies, but I could not find reference for everyone that is listed in scientific reports. I have featured most that I feel might find their way to a taxidermy studio. In this study you will see photo reference of the following species:

  • Marbled teal
  • Puna teal
  • Red-billed teal
  • Ringed teal
  • Silver teal
  • Yellow-billed Teal

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TAXIDERMY HALL OF FAME 2019 INDUCTEES

TAXIDERMY HALL OF FAME 2019 INDUCTEES

by Ken Edwards

In April of 2019, the 18-member selection committee of the Taxidermy Hall of Fame narrowed down the list of six highly qualified nominees to the two people who became the latest inductees into the Taxidermy Hall of Fame. The class of 2019 was announced to the public during the awards banquet at the World Show in May, and the induction ceremony was held in conjunction with the National Taxidermists Association awards banquet in July in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The new recipients of this honor were Cary Cochran of Ohio and Mike Orthober of Wisconsin. To subscribe or renew, call 800-783-7266 or order online at www.breakthroughmagazine.com.

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