Lion mount

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  1. spike.t

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    been meaning to put this up for a while. when i was in SA in may picking up a vehicle i went to visit a friend i hadnt seen for a bit, and he said to his son go show him your lion......what i didnt know was his son had taken up taxidermy and as he is only young 21/22 years old or around that age i think you will agree he is very good. it wasnt finished when i saw it but the idea of the mount is that the lion has been disturbed off its zebra kill which is going to be part of the mount , and is heading to see what is there. i think he has the facial expression done very well. i will try and get him to join and put some photos of the finished mount on here. there were other mounts he had done and all looked great. when i walked through the studio door i came face to face with the image in the 1st photo and it got my attention! Image0131.jpg Image0132.jpg
     
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    that's a very intent leer,on ole leo .
     
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    I wouldn't want to be the cause of that stare!
     
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    Fantastic mount! Cat's are the ultimate test of a taxidermist artistic ability. This young man has seemed to master that ability at a young age. A lot of very good taxidermist never do even though they are masters at other species. Well done! I'd be extremely proud to have that lion in my trophy room!!!!
     
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    This is a GREAT point! I've seen plenty of cats that were used as "advertising displays" at shows etc that the face just didn't look right.
     
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    hi travis good to see you on AH. the finished mount is fantastic. i think you should give a bit of background on how you did it especially the effort to get the zebra guts right :eek: :D
     
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    Howzit :) thank you for posting the images, my old man called me to let me know and I decided a finished pic would be good for everyone to see :)
     
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    Great looking lion.
     
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    that's something special thanks for showing us travis , welcome to ah ,mate
     
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    Travis welcome to AH.

    Well Mike I think your description of this young taxidermist is a few years off.
    Travis is not a rookie taxidermist. DOn't care about his age.

    Great discovery Mike.

    Took these from your FB site Travis. (Some folks are not FB members.)

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    Travis you are right to be thrilled and proud with having a picture of your work used on the front of Breakthrough. I have never seen anything but excellence on the front cover. Well done. You make me want a Lion!

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    i am good thanks. i phoned him to tell him to get ur ass on here as i had put those photos on. i am very pleased everyone likes this lion mount as much as i did from the moment i walked through the door and came face to face with it!! (y)
     
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    nice work
     
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    I would have to say that this is one of the most intriguing mounts I have ever seen. Travis, if you don't mind sending me some (some meaning a lot of different angles) photos, I would really like to see if I could turn this into a decal...
     
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    Travis, I'm glad Mike got you on here. That is an absolutely stunning mount!
     
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    I think that young man has done a fine job! Wish I had a big male like that.
     
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    I just had to come back and look at that mount again. Mike it is the face and the body telling a story. I want to know why that damn cat is leaving his dinner!!!

    A friend of mine is a taxidermist and he always tells me "you have to tell a story".
    That is the difference between a chunk of fur and horns or a piece of art.

    The great one's can produce Art. There are some great taxidermists and we sure get to see our share here on AH.

    Travis; That cat is piece of Art.
     
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    Howzit :) thank you for posting the images, my old man called me to let me know and I decided a finished pic would be good for everyone to see :)
     
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    i just showed my opening photos to someone and they wanted to know why someone would want to keep a lion in their garage.......took me a couple of seconds to realise he thought it was alive! and i had to show him it was on the table in preparation for mounting on the base :LOL: he got it when i scrolled down to the finished product
     

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