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Supporting Big Winged Taxidermy Birds

In this photo tutorial North American Taxidermist & Wildlife Artist CJ Herring had previously mounted a wild migratory Canada goose that turned out to be too heavy to support using the gauge wire he installed and secured within the goose body. The goose had to be extended out and away from the wooden post to give it a 3D lifelike appearance of coming in for a landing. There was to be no evidence of any wires that showed how the goose was supported. The support wire had to be hidden at no cost. The post and base was already put together for the diorama scene that was to be included in the goose mount. The solution was to provide stability and strength to the mount by installing a copper pipe to the post and to be disguised as a tree branch. The wire that supported the goose would run down inside the pipe and with the backside of the goose secured firmly to the pipe. This resulted in extraordinary strength given to the mount support system. Unless the copper pipe bent, flexed and or wobbled this set up was solid.

Supporting Big Winged Taxidermy Birds

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.