Discussion in 'Hunting Outfitters' started by Animal Artistry, Aug 7, 2019.
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Hunting with no end game…
Hunters love hunting – we get it! In many cases, it is an obsession – we get it! Every facet of a hunt is planned, looked forward to, and savored – we get it! However, when the hunt is over, there is a huge vacancy regarding what to do with the trophies and this we don’t get. Considering the time and money that goes into a big game hunting trip, it is remarkable top me that there is no end game regarding the final status of the trophy.
What happens by default is many of the animals are left unmounted, cut down to European mounts, or mounted and then stuffed into some opening with no real thought regarding the presentation. The irony is that instead of a hunter pausing and planning for an end game – a trophy room – they compulsively book the next hunt, and in many cases next several hunts! I believe there is some kind of mental denial that says, “the important thing is I shoot the animal and someplace, somehow, someway, I will find a place to display it.” Of course, that seldom happens. In some cases there simply isn’t room; but in most cases there is a barrier that says, “I don’t want to spend this much money or cross into this great unknown.”
The truth is the building for a trophy room is one of the most inexpensive that can be imagined. It should be nothing more than a shell. Virtually no architectural features are necessary so that the interior of the building can be designed and the space can be maximized to its fullest for the introduction of future trophies. Those who have crossed this bridge find their hunting so much more rewarding in that even before they leave they know where their trophies will be displayed. I have clients who have significant trophies in storage units that have been there for years on the supposition that, “one day I am going to build that trophy room…” Yet there they will be at the next convention lining up to book an additional hunt.
To me it is a tragic loss of a significant part of the hunt, by not having a place to stand back and view it properly. There is no limit to the creative options available; such as warehouses, airplane hangers, detached garages, former workshops, even old barns! Metal buildings in particular may serve wonderfully as trophy rooms. After thirty years of dedication to the industry I will continue to advise every client who comes through the door to deeply consider their end game, and never be the hunter who forgets the majesty of the hunt.
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Custom Mounts vs. Classic Mounts
There are two types of taxidermy produced today-commercial and custom mounts. The vast majority is commercial. That is to say the taxidermist orders a commercial mannequin from a catalog.
Some of these mannequins are well shaped with good anatomy – others not so much. In either case, once that mannequin is in the hands of the taxidermist, it becomes the foundation of the mount. The eyes are set, the horns attach, and the skin is applied and sutured. This is done with varying amounts of craftsmanship. It is pretty straightforward.
The other option is custom mounts. Here the mannequin is altered substantially if not completely independently sculptured for both the size of the skin and the unique gesture of the animal. This requires a great deal more time, knowledge, and ability. Less than 10% of animals are custom mounted. They are more expensive because of the time required but the difference is significant.
What Animal Artistry has chosen to do is utilize the best of both. Starting with the best commercial mannequin, we find ways to improve it – making a minor change to achieve a subtle gesture and a unique look. We are able to do this because of the experience of our staff and it does not reflect an additional cost. We call these the classics.
On the other hand, we also create complete custom mounts – animals that are in motion, sometimes reacting to one another, bounding, even airborne. These extreme custom gestures require an understanding of anatomy as well as engineering since we have to weld support rods to sustain the mount. We realize that for most people, the full custom option is not practical being too costly (between 20%-50% more) and in many cases creating a display that is too big. Therefore, we spend the majority of our time on the classics – giving them unique gestures and subtle looks at a standard price. You can view our recent work in our taxidermy catalog.
Here you get both – we’re on top of the game!
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