If you have read any of my posts on the subject, I have had a ridiculous time even getting Dennis to respond at all. Phone messages, e-mail (his preferred method - then he said his ex-wife deleted them all) and P.M. on this site. All I was asking for was a quick cell phone picture of the work he said was done and in progress. Nothing more, no demands or deadlines, just a quick cell picture. NOTHING. I can't even get a response so I can drive 15 hours to pick up my unfinished work. I think you are mistaken about being able to pick things up. Others here on this thread have tried and either got the wrong trophies, and can't find the correct trophies. I understand your thought about giving him time to complete your work, that's your decision. My desire is for everyone to have a good experience with at least some progress being made out of the studio. Good luck with your mounts.
I’ve been reading the posts but it’s hard to see what’s what as time moves by.
my suggestion in the world of phone tag is that I’d be specific with what you want. send a FedEx prepaid slip if you want hides shipped. Or wait for the piece in progress to get finished.
for what it’s worth, when you get the completed piece I’m sure you’ll be glad you got it from Dennis. It’s worth the wait.I have a storage unit of African taxidermy unfit for display so I just realized I would rather wait than get something bad quick.
I’ve met Dennis only twice. The first time I met him he refused to ship my deer to me and insisted he drive it. 9 hour drive, he met me 3 hours from my house. He took at least ten minutes to load the head in my truck because he was worried it would be damaged. The worlds most anal perfectionist. Bizarre, he would rather drive 6 hours to me for FREE rather than ship a whitetail head. I knew I had a master artist.
Second time I drove to drop off salted hides to him. Again he demanded I immediately bring them to him and he again met me after he drove 6 hours. He immediately took them to the tannery that day because he was concerned about delays with SALTED HIDES reducing quality. He even wrote a letter to the dip pack company chewing out them for bad salt on a hide and sent me 20 photos showing me a flaw he will magically cure.
artist, lunatic, genius, whatever Dennis is, I’ll tolerate it because I’ve never seen someone care more for the art produced than he does, regardless of his personal profit.
If he blows you off for another year he’s still faster than most taxidermists with 100x the quality. He’s probably just burning the wick on both ends and can’t deal with the backlog that happened.
I’m basically saying, don’t worry, it’ll be alright.