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Bear Paws For Trophies

Recently our taxidermy lab was tasked with the job of mounting a pair of bear paws, to be displayed as trophies. An odd request none the less, but very doable. This job required the skinning of the bear paws, followed by the molding and casting of the bear feet themselves. We were also tasked with the job of designing, creating and manufacturing the rock bases the paws were to be attached to.

The bear paws were skinned out then fleshed of meat and fat. We the gave a quick wash in a mixture of cold water, salt and Dawn Dish soap. This was to remove the initial dirt and grease that laid within the hair and surface of the skin. Once drained the paws were placed into a properly prepared acid pickle with Kemal-4 which is a taxidermy grade detergent and degreaser that also helps relax the skin. The bear paws were pickled for no less then 2 weeks followed by tanning.

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By CJ Herring

CJ Herring has been practicing taxidermy for 22 years and resides in the hills outside of Cooperstown, New York. A crippling and disabling brain tumor took control of his life in early 2018. In 2019 CJ took a major turn for the worse and was diagnosed with Acromegaly and underwent brain tumor removal in 2020. CJ also suffers from end stage Osteoarthritis from the hips down. CJ continues to write about taxidermy and still manages the day to day operations of the Taxidermy Lab Facebook group.

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