In May of 2017, 6 students graduated from the Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy.These students were instructed in several taxidermy techniques including:gameheads, fish, birds, mammals, habitats and much, much more! The wide variety of work produced by these individuals showed creativity, accuracy, and neatness and were some of the best pieces you could ask for from beginning taxidermists. Many impressive works of art returned home with them to fill their showrooms. These graduates will soon learn the rewards of working at a job they love! We hope to see you at your state taxidermy association competitions and conventions!
From all of us at the Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy, we say congratulations and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!
Timber Wolf Hand Cleaner – America’s Most Powerful & Effective Hand Cleaner!
Timber Wolf is a citrus based, biodegradable, environmentally safe, waterless hand cleaner. This product contains no pumice, petroleum, or mineral solvents. Timber Wolf is pH balanced and contains the finest moisturizing agents plus aloe vera to help heal cuts and scratches and skin irritation. It cleans and moisturizes your skin.
- Residue after field dressing
- Blood & odor
- Fish oil & scales
- Fish odor
- Tree sap
- Creosote & pine tar
- Grease & oil
- Fiber optic cable jelly
- Silicone gel
- Copper bond
- Pipe dope
- Soil & grass stains
- Asphalt & tar
Timber Wolf Hand Cleaner also prevents and relieves poison ivy symptoms. It dissolves and removes the poisonous sap. It also prevents skin rash and skin reactions caused by the sap of poison oak and ivy.
If you already have a rash from poison oak or ivy, apply Timber Wolf to relieve itching, reduce inflammation, dry up areas of irritation, and limit further spread of the rash.
Timber Wolf Hand Cleaner repels mosquitoes. Use as lotion on your skin, Timber Wolf has been tested as an effective repellent against mosquitoes.
We are thrilled to announce we are the only Reflective Eyes distributor in the United States.
Deer Eyes: Attitudes and Setting Guideline for Relaxed Eyes
Eye setting is a process that takes patience and use of quality tools. The modeling tools that are used can help you set eyes that are accurate in proportion and placement. For a relaxed eye, you will have a sharper angle or corner in the anterior as well as the posterior rim.
Corner number two will be a very soft change in direction. It is important to remember to take your time with this step to keep the true to life look you desire. This delicate process can impact the quality of your finished product. In our next blog, I will share tips on eye setting for semi-alert deer eyes. – Tom Matuska
March 17-19, 2017, the South Dakota Taxidermy Association held it’s annual competition and convention in Watertown, SD. Matuska Taxidermy Supply Co. attended the show and had a great turn out of visitors at their booth. Brian Olson, Sculptor and Whitetail Judge – held a seminar on Whitetail Deer Eye Setting and Eyelid Sculpting.
Pictured above – Brian Olson showing how to drill out the eye sockets of a Whitetail Deer to prepare for proper eye setting.
Brian showing different Whitetail eye setting techniques.
Eye socket is now filled with Critter Clay and ready to accept the glass eyes.
Brian Olson does some modeling on the eyelids.The clay that is applied in the lid area replaces the missing flesh and water removed by the tanning and fleshing process.
Eyelids are modeled into place before the cape is pulled over.
Eye after skin is placed over the mannikin.
Eyes are set and eyelids are properly sculpted.
The Matuska Competitor’s Award will be awarded to the competitors with 4 of the highest scoring entries in the Masters or Professional Divisions.All entries must have a 1st or 2nd place ribbon with a combination score of 350 or greater.