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Price is going up!!

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Got back from competion last night. What an incredible place to learn. I hope to have pictures available late tonight or tomorrow for the Deer, Coyote (OM), and Goose that I entered this year.

I have always struggled with pricing. I have always felt that my customer work is great for the price. I have always believed that my pricing is holding down my volume. I have had a couple of the largest shops in the state note that my work is better than a lot of shops in operation. I do want to control my volume in order to allow for reasonable turn-around and ample free time as this is a second job for me.

My customer work has reached a level equal to entry level competition. I am now satisfied that my customer work will rival that of most shops in the state.

Special to MS members: Check your freezers, sheds, basements, etc. for the antlers and/or capes that you have been thinking about getting a shoulder mount. Current price is $250, if you need a cape add $100. Let me know before June 1.

Price is going to at least $350 after June 1.

I have had six members bring seven whitetails and a Texas Dahl in the last two years.
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I too went to the show itwas really nice, congrats on your ribbon. I am glad to see your price is going up. This is art and not everybody can do it so charge what it is worth. Iwould have to get 350.00 for shoulder mount 450 for life size coyote mount if I was doing it for money and that is cheep for lower mich. I just do it for myself so far. Keep up the good work and maybe I will meet you some day at a meeting or show.

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It would have been nice to meet you Rob.

Did you make it to the seminars? Did you learn a lot?

I always learn. The best/hardest place to learn is the judges critique, if your self-confidence can stand up to it. I compete to learn about the "new" problems. I hesitated to compete in the past because of the problems I was aware of, but that does not help with the new learning.

If I were to brag, I did not spend any more time with those three pieces than I do with my customer mounts.

The coyote is my first open mouth mount. Hitting an 89 of 100 pumps my ego a bit as there are many one point mistakes in every mount that any taxidermist produces. The one point would have made the difference between a red and a blue ribbon. I am charging the gentleman $450 for the howling coyote.

Deer are #1. People know more about deer than any other mount. This pushes higher standards across the board. The detail work necessary to take top awards demands extra hours of work that can not be duplicated in a commercial environment without at least doubling current industry prices.

Birds seem to come naturally for the most part.
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That is the coolest goose mount I've seen. I'd love to get one in that position and have a sentry standing over her :)
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