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Follow along as I mount this cougar.
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Here's the form I started with. I'll use a change out head and do an open mouth.
I'm not going to get into all the hide prep details but want to point out a few things I do with cougars. First I remove the whiskers before I mount them. This helps in a few ways... One I can thin the hide evenly where the whiskers are. If you don't get it thinned correctly the whiskers will change position when drying. It will also save me from carving out the cheek foam where the whiskers go. And last I can groom the hair where the whiskers would be after it is fully dry.
Here is a picture of the whisker roots.
thinning the whisker pad.
The ears also need turned to the outer edge.
The toes need turned to the outer edge of the claw. If this is not done you will never get a good look to the feet.
After the hide is ready I will test fit the hide and make any changes to the form necessary.
I'll check the eye to nose.
Make sure that the most outer edge is where my finger is.
testing the body for fit.
Now I can start the form alterations. This will ensure the hide will fit properly and get the desired position.
When a cat stands the toes will arch. I need to do some work to the form to get this right.
I will do my clay work before I put the skin on.
I can slip the hide on now.
Wow, I am impressed. How many taxidermists just buy the closest form and then mount it.
You really take the time to educate us on your process and I really appreciate it.
Keep up the great work.
Great thread. Thanks for sharing. The eyes are everything, on a cat mount. Get it right and the cat looks alive. Get it wrong and the whole mount looks like a bad joke. That's where you know if a taxidermist is a true artist.
Now for the base work. I need to find or make a limb for him to stand on.
I shape his foot to the limb before it dries.
here is the major benefit to pulling the whiskers. I can paint and groom the cats face without messing the whiskers up. this takes more time but is IMO a better finished mount.
when I pull the whiskers I place them I clay in the position I pulled them on the face. this will ensure they go back in the same spot on the cat.
A few pics of the habitat
Wow! Very nicely done, you captured the look of the eyes which makes or breaks a cat mount.
Amazing artistry... Thank you Dennis. Ed F
Dennis, you do a jam up job !
As usual...very nice Dennis. Great face work.
Beautiful cat work Dennis.This shows people that cat taxidermy isn't just "all in the face".It's about every part of the cat and your threads show that very well.It's smart,wearing the hearing protection too.I'm catching heck from the doctors now because I wasn't as diligent.Nice work.
So how many knew that about the whiskers? Not me!
Jim, I don't think until we get a little older that we realize how bad we abuse the body at an early age. I try to protect when possible. One of my client/friend told me one time "hearing loss is a preventative disease" ... that stuck with me!
very nice, I have seen a lot of cat mounts and that is up there with the best of them. anyone getting a cat mount should call dennis razza. the mouth being open but not in a full growl is awesome. looks very real
Beautiful mount Dennis. Thanks for taking the time to do these mount threads. Great stuff!
Thanks for taking the time - me like!!
AWESOME, you are a true artist , Thanks for sharing. Forrest
That is a art, great job.
Fabulous work, makes me want to go shoot a cat just to have you mount one for me.
i will be calling soon
One of the few great cat artists! Awesome job making him come to life Dennis.
Cool. Looks better than a real one.
I guess it's ok ...if you're into truly amazing work...
Another outstanding mount!
Very nice, most mounts I see the face is not right. Looks like you got it. Well done.
If I'm ever lucky enough to take a lion I know who I'm calling to mount it! Beautiful work as always Dennis! Thanks for sharing!
You are the Man!
Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for taking the time to educate us.I think lions are one of the hardest animals to mount,and make it look good.Your's is outstanding!!
The head/face always makes or breaks a full body mount.
You always do tremendous work.
Thanks for sharing
Good luck, Robb
With just one look at a mount and you know instantly it was done the right way and Dennis is always spot on, beautiful work.
Very nice thank you for sharing
Bring this thread back to the top so I can find it quicker..;)
Dennis, I've enjoyed a few of your threads like this. Thanks so much for sharing. You are a truly gifted artist!
Dennis, if I had that lion in my house, I would be looking over my shoulder every day, thinking it was going to spring off that log and "eat my lunch". Man that is good.
my best, Paul
Good cat taxidermy is so rare. This is exceptional cat taxidermy.