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Oh my goodness, look at Pip at 10 weeks old... he's just sooooo cute 😍

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Talk about dramatic change. Pip looked like a different dog then. I thought he was purely cream.

Great photos. The mounts looked so life like.

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Aw

I am going through a puppy broody phase, and that pic of Pip isn't helping!  :roflmao:

Beautiful mountain pic, moon, clouds, dawn? dusk? Fantastic

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40 minutes ago, Crinkly said:

Aw

I am going through a puppy broody phase, and that pic of Pip isn't helping!  :roflmao:

Beautiful mountain pic, moon, clouds, dawn? dusk? Fantastic

Those are clouds... Rode up to the tippy top of the rugged  Southern  Himalayans on the South Island in a helicopter among the heavens, he surprised us my landing and we got out. I wrote Georgia (my home state) in the ice and snow forever eternal. It was mid morning and I got extremely ill from altitude sickness but had a ball. The pilot was a Vietnam vet and he got great joy scaring the be-gibbers out of me but it was all just fun to him. 

 

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1 hour ago, minabey said:

Talk about dramatic change. Pip looked like a different dog then. I thought he was purely cream.

Great photos. The mounts looked so life like.

Pip was pure snow white till he grew older then he turned a creamy white, just after his bath he still looks snow white though.... till he drys.

The mounts all done by me...older profession I did for about 10 years total, then burned out working 7 days a week for 8 years. Nice to look back on but extremely hard work..... Ive done some interesting  jobs in my life but this was the one that let me create beauty and express my artistic talent and I got to further my studies in NZ. Absolute most beautiful place God ever created ......a true Garden of Eden

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Auntie guess what my Mom is doing right now?

Yup you guessed it melting 💙🐶

She just wants to hug and squeeze Pip. She says he is too precious for words.

 

We love the mountain picture. When you got out were you stepping on snow? How cold was it?

 

Is there a link to share on the kind of occupation you did with mounts? Did clients already have their animals stuffed then they described what mount they wanted you to design for them?

TFS

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The mountain top is frozen snow and a thick layer of ice underneath, being so high above the clouds it never melts, located on the South Island its rugged and mountainous on one half and the lower farmland and town on the other. The North Island is vastly different from region to region, semi tropical and mild winters make the landscape look as if you have stepped back in time.

http://www.newzealand.com/uk/scenic-highlights/?cid=p:sem:UK:FY18:Pure:Google:NA:Sitelink:&kwid=Scenic_Highlights&gclid=Cj0KCQjwiLDMBRDFARIsACNmiX_Eqc0s7anz6dVyIEnNcPB6o9UZKsV_P4e-PT8Oxl1GIcCBggi4HEcaAgAqEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Being truely unique ....tourist from around the world travel there and is a multimillion dollar business. Tourist include sportsman also that come to hunt safari park and wild mammals, fish and birds, that's where Taxidermy come in as the skins are tanned and sent to their own taxidermist or mounted by a local taxidermist in NZ and shipped in huge wooden crates to their door step already mount to a wall. 99% prefer the local NZ Taxidermist as they hand craft their own body out of expandable foam and unlike US stock animal forms because they aren't as detailed or they just can't find any in stock that sculpts them. There are some animals/ birds there found no where else in the world and that makes the environment unique. Highly regulated by the government as protection of species and the environment is the utmost importance either importing or exporting.

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My first trout fishing

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North Island on the way to...where else...Fishing. I love fly fishing with a passion

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Local Newsaper did two articles on the business twice 

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Crated with detachable horns to fill boxes as full as possiable and with no moving parts to the trip by plane to USA

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Mounts drying in the sun before they get their makeup ( airbrushed to restore natural colors on the face. ) A fake stone ledge is sculpted to hold the mount onto ledge which is hanging on someone's wall. The mount unplugs off the ledge for packaging into crates.

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1 hour ago, PipsMom said:

 

The mountain top is frozen snow and a thick layer of ice underneath, being so high above the clouds it never melts, located on the South Island its rugged and mountainous on one half and the lower farmland and town on the other. The North Island is vastly different from region to region, semi tropical and mild winters make the landscape look as if you have stepped back in time.

http://www.newzealand.com/uk/scenic-highlights/?cid=p:sem:UK:FY18:Pure:Google:NA:Sitelink:&kwid=Scenic_Highlights&gclid=Cj0KCQjwiLDMBRDFARIsACNmiX_Eqc0s7anz6dVyIEnNcPB6o9UZKsV_P4e-PT8Oxl1GIcCBggi4HEcaAgAqEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Being truely unique ....tourist from around the world travel there and is a multimillion dollar business. Tourist include sportsman also that come to hunt safari park and wild mammals, fish and birds, that's where Taxidermy come in as the skins are tanned and sent to their own taxidermist or mounted by a local taxidermist in NZ and shipped in huge wooden crates to their door step already mount to a wall. 99% prefer the local NZ Taxidermist as they hand craft their own body out of expandable foam and unlike US stock animal forms because they aren't as detailed or they just can't find any in stock that sculpts them. There are some animals/ birds there found no where else in the world and that makes the environment unique. Highly regulated by the government as protection of species and the environment is the utmost importance either importing or exporting.

 

 

My first trout fishing

crystal2fish.jpg

North Island on the way to...where else...Fishing. I love fly fishing with a passion

 

Local Newsaper did two articles on the business twice 

WayneandCrystalPaperArticle.jpg

Crated with detachable horns to fill boxes as full as possiable and with no moving parts to the trip by plane to USA

Cliffs6.jpg

 

CRYSTALSTAXIDERMYWORK086.jpg

Mounts drying in the sun before they get their makeup ( airbrushed to restore natural colors on the face. ) A fake stone ledge is sculpted to hold the mount onto ledge which is hanging on someone's wall. The mount unplugs off the ledge for packaging into crates.

 

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This is so amazing.  So you and your Hubby did the whole 9 yards?  Did you both remove the animals blood too?  

Your shipping pictures are amazing.  To get them to be tightly packaged to not get damaged on the long airplane flight to the USA.

Bet it cost a lot for the clients to ship them back to the USA.  

Did you and your Hub go to school together in GA and then decided to start a business in NZ? Makes me wonder how you ended up in England.

The newspaper article is something to be proud of.  What made you stop doing this occupation?

That's great you loved fishing was it on a boat or on land? Did you stuff fish too? Hope not to many questions.  I understand they may be too personal to answer.

I just love learning new things.

Just googled fly fishing and I was shocked :) So you sew the bait fancy and attach to your fishing line...and I answered my own question that you must do this on land not in a boat. Everything you did was done with love.

 

 

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Summerangel

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Oh my goodness me. I didn't realise you were a taxidermist...  Wow amazing. Lovely reading the newspaper article. 👍

Those pictures and views are stunning too. Love the fishing photo. 

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1 hour ago, beebalm said:

 

 

Long story how I ended up in NZ...so sit down :roflmao:

I was in my 30's when I took up Hunting for big game, always been a country girl that knew how to handle herself with a gun and home butchering learned from my grandfather and mother growing up.... anything that come from farm raised to wild game. The wife of one of my first husband friend talked me into hunting with her so she wouldn't be the only woman on the hunting club. She introduced me to bow hunting first. I instantly fell in love being one on one with the game...I missed a lot, never did get one with the bow but had a great time just being out in the cool autumn every year. One year my husband bought me a 30-30 rifle...just right for a woman and not to much kick back. My first deer was a massive 9pt buck....he insisted I get it mounted as it was the biggest he had ever saw and came from right beihind our house in the woods. We took the deer to the taxidermist and I was interested how he did the methods and soon asked him would he teach me and he said yes. 

So after a year playing with it and deciding this is what I really wanted to do I started taking in my first clients and I got a license....was along this time my first son committed suicide at home and yes I was the first to see him....what it did to me mentally I wouldn't wish on no mother. My taxidermy became a instrument of healing ...I threw myself into my taxidermy as I wanted to create and show beauty out of something as ugly as death.... My style grew and grew and as finally won over the men in my county, then word got out about the woman taxidermist and they were coming up from Florida to have me mount their deer.  I out grew my little shed and moved into a larger two room house behind my mamas..

Soon I added custom mounts, beaver, fox, basically all  mammals that could be legally harvested and in season. Next I branched into fish as no one was doing them and again I grew. I have always been into crafts and taxidermy is a craft and a skilled art. Not everyone can do it, you have to have a artistic eye to pull off the animal looking real, not fake. 

Yes there's some blood, and skin but that's never bother me as I learned on the farm from a young age...if you are weak bellied you don't eat ...hog , chicken, cow, rabbit or squirrel...I've done it all 

I learned more and more through books,  magazines, videos and found a chat room when I got my very first computer. The professionals from all over the world taught us things we never considered and I grew even better......All f this time I was going through a difficult marital breakdown that was quite scarey and dangerous......So after I read where the NZ taxidermist was looking for a apprentice I wrote and got the job. I leaned things there that I never thought possiable and unfortunately he became husband number two. It lasted 8 yrs when I knew it was over and won't say nothing else then that...I also had burned out so took myself back home to Ga. 

After a year and a half....Number three, present and last husband was online and I asked if anyone knew anyone that could guide me buying a new laptop Walmart had and was it any good. They said his name and he instructed me what to buy and I did...we became friends and chatted two years before he revealed over to meet me in person, then I came over after that at Christmas....the next autumn we married and here we are.

 

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Summerangel

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Wow! Crystal you are one very strong lady and a very talented lady at that too. 

 I admire and look up to you so much... 

Sorry to hear about your Son. 

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1 hour ago, Summerangel said:

Oh my goodness me. I didn't realise you were a taxidermist...  Wow amazing. Lovely reading the newspaper article. 👍

Those pictures and views are stunning too. Love the fishing photo. 

I've done a lot of jobs women today just wouldn't do.....like raising pigs farrow to finish the whole life cycle, building fences, helping build a house, driving tractors, inspecting a 1000 acres of cotton every week in 110 degree summer heat 7 days a week  for pests that eat farmers crops so they know when to spray pesticides,.........but ya know they all made me the strong  person I am today

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1 minute ago, Summerangel said:

Wow! Crystal you are one very strong lady and a very talented lady at that too. 

 I admire and look up to you so much... 

Sorry to hear about your Son. 

Thanks Julia, been a hard road but with good friends by my side I'm enriched 

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What a story!

That's only the outline...but I didn't want to bore everyone 

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:mf_popcorn:I am not bored at all.

You surely are a strong lady to go to NZ all by yourself. Bet your family was so sad to see you go.

Did your Hubby work for Walmart in the States but originally from England?

This is a great story except for what happened to your son :sad_2: which you mentioned before.

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No, he has always been in England. He builds computers and knew all about them is why I asked his advice 

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Amazing story!  I knew you had been to NZ (and was v envious!) but had no idea what you were doing there.

What a brilliant life, although I am very sorry to hear about your son and the other traumas.  Hug.

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ParadiseTzu

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Wow, I agree, what a story!  I am so sorry for your son's tragic death.  Otherwise what an amazing, interesting, colorful life you have had.  I am glad you found current hubby, he sounds like a good guy!  Cute little baby Pip, too!

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