LEON L. PRAY
The art of
taxidermy, with its many methods of application, has
furnished subject-matter for numerous books, most of
these treating the subject in exhaustive style, being
written primarily for students who desire to take up the
work as a profession. It is the present author's purpose
to set forth herein a series of practical methods suited
to the needs of the sportsman-amateur who desires
personally to preserve trophies and specimens taken on
days spent afield with gun or rod.
of field and gun may spend many fascinating hours at his
bench, preparing, setting up, and finishing specimens of
his own taking. Besides, the pursuit of this art will
afford an amount of remuneration to the amateur who
takes it up in a commercial way, doing work for others
who have neither the time nor
inclination for preparing their own specimens.
requisites for the beginner in taxidermy are joy in
working out detail and a moderate amount of patience.
suitable tools are the primary consideration in
contemplating any work in taxidermy, a simple list
follows. In this list no heavier work than the mounting
of a Virginia deer head is dealt with. This outfit will
be found practical for general light use:
pocket-knife, one or two small scalpels, a kitchen
paring-knife, an oil stone and can of oil, a hand drill,
a fine fur-comb, one bone scraper, one small
skin-scraper, one pair tinners' shears.................