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Get Stuffed!

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by tinmanofkent, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. tinmanofkent

    tinmanofkent Tiger King

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    Channel 4 tonight at 10pm, a programme about the revival of taxidermy.

    Ever since I was knee high I loved to see the exotic animals that would go through the auctions that my parents frequently went to. I remember my mum being out bid on a tiger's head I wanted at Sevenoaks auction and my dad trying to (unsuccessfully) haggle down a toothless lion's head for me at a junk shop in South East London. I never did get my big cat head as a child but I'm learning a lot about taxidermy and I hope to buy myself a tiger and refurbish it one day.

    I find it such a shame that the fur, heads and feet of animals get discarded with the guts. Rabbit fur is particularly soft and beautiful, to leave it to rot is madness to me as its value in my opinion far exceeds that of the meat.

    Tanning and preserving skins and furs is really very simple and requires very little money, it is very rewarding and gives something pleasant and useful by which to remember a good day of shooting. I have some beginner's knowledge that I would be glad to pass on to anyone interested and likewise if anybody else has some experience please do get in touch, I would love to learn as much as possible.

    I hope people see the programme, get curious and give it a go. What have hunters got to loose?
     
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    Cheers for the heads up on this mate I'm tuned in


    Atb
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    All the taxidermy was rubbish except for the Americans who are head and shoulders above the rest.

    The young girl who opened a shop turned out abysmal work. It should have all been dumped in a skip.
     
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    I felt a bit lost with the programme to be honest I sort of get it and I mean that as in there was some strange stuff on there that I don't see the point of but that may be just me , wouldn't mind seeing some proper taxidermy now in the flesh no pun intended
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    My mates dad was a shooter and had a shed full of stuffed animals before he died.

    There was everything from mink to Reeves pheasants,jays,stoats, weasels, ducks, alsorts.

    Anyway after a year or so after his death the mice got in the shed and they started to get cobwebs on them and generally looked tired.

    It was such a shame as I liked my mates dad he was a lovely bloke and his collection had taken a lifetime to collect.

    But in the end I think the majority went to dump, thats the problem with my mate he simply doesnt know how to look after things anything in fact! Dont get me started on guns, I treat walking sticks better, and he got a lovely collection left to him but now all rusty, and im talking 5 grand kriegoffs, rimfires, stalking rifles, theoben airguns the lot.
     
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    That's a great shame.

    I still ill find it hard to believe some people let rare African animals get tatty. So few of these animals remain abundant that I wonder if they are a good investment of time to repair them.
     
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    He had a lovely woodcock and a few water birds ie oystercatchers a great shame mate.
     
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    The taxidermist told me to lightly brush taxidermy to keep the dust off. If really necessary fur animals can be cleaned with a rag dampened with white spirit and lightly wiped. It's so simple to take care of, very frustrating that people let good stuff fall into disrepair.
     
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    hi tinmanofkent i read your post with interest and i wonder if you would be interested to hear that in the october issue of air gunner there is to be an article called "pelted " by john bezzant who apparently has a new method of curing rabbit pelts with washing up liquid and i was going to buy the issue just for this myself as i have not heard of this method . i hope this is of help/interest to you atvb gary. :)
     
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    Thanks Gary,

    I will definitely get a copy. Rabbit skins are so thin and they are so lean that I have tanned one just with salt. Once it had fully dried from the salt I could just peel dried bits of tissue from the skin. There was some greasiness around the hips but I think I can clear that with a petrol/thinners wash. A jet wash is good for cleaning medium animal skins like deer or sheep.

    Never heard of using washing up liquid, that is interesting. I think washing up liquid contains salt.

    Thanks for the heads up!
     

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