First off, Waldon Thank you, was glad I personally could deliver your trophies to you at your home , rain and all....LOL and I enjoyed working with you, Royal same here and our late night in the dark loading, now working on more of them Thanks.... and Dan, you are not at the top of my list of PIA , You don't get a trophy....LOL You are quite the handful but love you for it !! We work well together and have done Dozens + pieces for you and it keeps me on my toes !!!
Huntinlabs, I guess I'm not following this correctly. The Average price for Giraffe shoulder mount in SA is 3K some little more, Pedestal even more and you got 10 animals including giraffe for under 6,500 for the cost of a giraffe mounted? I am shaking my head on that one. Average kudu in SA runs 900 to 1000. A blesbok or Impala 600 each add a wildebeest or waterbuck at 900 each on average there and your already way over what a giraffe mount costs? 10 animals for under 650o. I would like to see the numbers?
10 pieces shipped to a broker in Alt , New York or Chicago volumetric weight on a 9' by 4' by 4' crate will be in the range of 3,00o+ Maybe up way more just to the broker. Then you got ground freight to your location, or your time and expense to pick it up. You'll still have documentation fees and paperwork out of SA Another $300 or more and your Broker fees 400 to 650 some as high as 995 . If you could sometime if you have them in country already or get them soon, honestly post the complete final numbers and some pics of the work . Thanks !!!
One thing Waldon mentioned above you can here in the US or with me to them as you like over time.
RSA has many taxidermists...a lot of them are fly by nights and causing a bad name to the industry here, in general.
As a local Hunter living in RSA, I have no choice but to use local guys....my choice comes into WHICH taxidermists to use!!
Like you all, I hunt a lot and have a lot of trophies at home and in my gun shop...I can guarantee you that not ONE of my trophies is not perfect looking, is exactly like I wanted it and all are standing the test of time!! My oldest trophy is pushing 30 yrs and still perfect.
My trophy room is mostly compiled of work from 3x different taxidermists ..Lifeform, Bullseye and Buck 'n Bass.
For logistical reasons, I used Karoo Art for a sable full mount which was So good that I now regularly use them. My current go to guys are Buck 'n Bass and Karoo Art with turn around +- 12 months.
I have seen some local work( no names) that is SHAMEFUL and embarrassing...doesn't even look like the real thing. You need to research taxidermy work the same way you research outfitters/ PH's.
Check the thread, the statement you are quoting was not from me. I have no doubt your work is first rate. I also know that first rate work is done in Africa. There is crap work done in Africa and the USA, likely more in the USA than Africa due to the sheer number of taxidermists here. What I stated was that comparing first rate work like yours out of the USA, to second or third rate work out of RSA is a ridiculous exercise.
Agree Jeff, my limited mounts done in Africa were not at a level I expected. After 20 years of tutelage I am happy with what I can now complete. What I see from Dennis is outstanding work and I agree with his paint statement whole heartedly. Myself I prefer my mounts natural as I shot them. My horns were not black, nor were the animals in perfect condition, buff, warthog ears torn, scares, wounds, natural cuts and blemishes left unrepaired. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, hunter or owner of mounts. Also some pocket books are not so deep, mounts at a lower quality and lower price but dollars left for another safari OR top quality mounts and a way longer time between returns. Choices we all must make.Many people can't tell the difference from ok work and excellent work but everyone thinks they can and do, so are satisfied with what they get. But in 17 safaris I've never seen excellent work at any of the lodges I've stayed at, most outfitters and PHs didn't really know the difference and thought their mounts were fine.