The hide used for this headdress came from a fellow taxidermist whose customer didn’t skin it properly to be mounted. The hide was deemed unsuitable for taxidermy and was going to be thrown away.
This deer was just a spike buck when it was taken, so there were two small holes where the antlers were growing in. These have been patched up, giving the deer the appearance of a doe. I had planned to add antlers, but figured they’d be too cumbersome for this particular pelt. I will likely make another later on that will have antlers attached.
This headdresses is made using the whole hide minus the legskins. It has a lovely little tail on it and a beautiful rustic look. The hair is smooth and glossy, and the face has stunning markings, including a beautiful dark stripe down the muzzle.
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The hide used for this headdress came from tannery in Washington owned and operated by a friend. The deer is a HUGE Pacific Northwest mule deer featuring a fully-mounted head and ‘blind’ eyes made from opalite glass. These eyes are backed in highly-polished silver foil to reflect light back through them; they literally glow, much like a cats’ eyes, in low light.
This was the first deer I ever mounted for taxidermy, and it is by no means perfect (he has a few slip spots on one side of the face which have been touched up with paint; the lips were not tucked very well; and his eyes are not perfectly formed), but it’s still one of the most impressive headdresses I’ve created to date. Among my friends, he is even somewhat of a legend, and it’s taken me a while to decide that it’s time for us to part ways. But I have other projects I plan to pursue, and in order to accomplish them, I need to make a bit of room.
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