by World Champion Mike Kirkhart
In this episode of “From the Water to the Wall” I am going to show you how to make reproduction baitfish that can enhance any fish mount and make you a few extra dollars while improving your display and helping to set you apart from your competitors. This method can be used for any small fish that is for a customer who desires a better than lonely looking fish mount. Shiners, panfish, minnows, or any small fish that is only a one-sided fish mount can be done this way. Of course you can be more ambitious than this method and make a two-sided mold, but this is for simplicity and basics, so it is sellable and affordable and profitable.
The materials used are silicone molding rubber, modeling clay, and urethane casting liquid.
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by Travis Courtney de Villiers
MAMMAL TAXIDERMY: "A 3-and-a-half-day-long Super-Seminar in a foreign land"
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Photo reference study by Larry Blomquist
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FOLLOWING THE 2017 WORLD FISH CARVING CHAMPIONSHIPS,
a committee was established to evaluate all aspects of the
WFCC and make recommendations to the show organizer and
chairman Larry Blomquist. Entries numbers had dropped over the past
few show where many of the categories (40 total) of the various levels
had no entries or only one entry. Entries with no competition against
them were winning ribbons by default. This committee was asked to
submit a revised structure of the categories under the various divisions
to better represent the changes the competition has seen over the past
four WFCC shows. It was never the intentions of this competition to
give ribbons in an uncontested way so it was time to reevaluate the
entry process. The purpose of the WFCC competition is just that, to
compete against other carvings and to determine which is the best.
The chairman asked the committee to determine a way by which
most, if not all, entries would have competition within each established
division and/or category. The committee came up with a rule that will
be recognized as the Three and Three Rule. This rule means that when
possible there should be at least six entries (three entries that receive
ribbons and at least three that remain) that fit the criteria and intent
of that division or category in order to establish a competitive group.
Example: if there are not enough entries (six) to fill one of the listed categories,
two or more of the categories may be combined, establishing
a combined or general category in that division. The judges will make
the final decision in combining categories as they will have the option
of allowing five or even four entries to compete for ribbons if they feel
they have very strong entries in all categories.
The exceptions to the Three and Three Rule will be if a Level that
has fewer than six entries, then those entries will compete against
each other. An example is, If there were only five total entries in the
Novice Level, the three Divisions of that Level would be combined and
all entries in that Level would compete against each other. Also, this
rule will not be in effect for the Youth Level. It was also decided to eliminate
establishing classes in any of the levels unless entries numbers
increase. (At the past two WFCC there was no need to establish classes
even under less restrictive rules.)
It was recommended that the rules and regulations be condensed
into a format that would be easy to read and understand. All the rules
and regulations are basically the same as before, but in a more concise
and orderly way.
Note: A WFCC competition committee has been established to rule
on anything not addressed in these rules and regulations. This committee
will consist of Larry Blomquist, Ken Edwards, and the two fish
carving judges selected for each show.
The only exception to the Three and Three Rule will be if a level has
fewer than six entries, then those entries will compete against each
other. An example is, if there were only five total entries under Decorative
Miniature Division, the Freshwater and Saltwater categories would
be combined and compete against each other.
by Larry Blomquist
Eighteen years ago I visited Cally Morris at his business then in Kirksville, Missouri, and he told me, “I am going to show you and your readers every step I know about and use for mounting turkeys.” In 1997 Cally was the first to win a Best in World Bird with an eastern wild turkey and at that time there was only one world title for birds, not four as we have today. This article series became one of the most popular we ever published and today some of those issues are sold out.
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