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MARCH/APRIL 2017

When I was a child I read books about porcupines and thought them to be fascinating animals. A few years ago, here in Pennsylvania, porcupines became legal to hunt, and that opened up the opportunity for taxidermists to be able to mount them. This particular porcupine was harvested by a young hunter as he was targeting another species. I began this project by making a mold of the nose and mouth area. The casting came out good and allowing me to use it later as a reproduction to capture the inner nose detail very well. I purchased a shoulder pedestal mannikin from McKenzie and made the adjustments necessary to use my casting of the nose/mouth area. The skin was tanned using Pro-1 products and the mounting was uncomplicated, though I kept a close watch on it while drying. A simple base complemented the mount, enhancing the presentation yet leaving the focus on the porcupine. This particular piece was a lot of fun to work on and it’s an honor to have it chosen as a cover photo.

— Jason Krause

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