So after some bad dealings with another taxidermist out of whittier / anchorage and getting a truly HORRIBLE product RJ offered to fix the rug as best he could (honestly jesus himself could not have fully repaired what S**** out of Whittier/Anchorage did to my beautiful rug). RJ and I had been contacting each other from over seas while I was deployed and he had the rug for about 3 1/2 months working on it when he had time. I get a call earlier this week saying my rug was ready and to let RJ know when I would be in town so I jumped at the chance to make my way to Fairbanks. We loaded up the car with our 2 dogs and our daughter and the wife and I headed out. The weather was perfect on the way up (we did almost nail a huge bull moose but we managed to negotiate on the slick road around him). We arrived in tropical -30 below Fairbanks around 1130AM on Saturday and headed to RJ's shop. Once I walked in and saw his work first hand I was blown away, as his wife and my wife talked RJ and I were able to just shoot the Sh*t for a few and then his wife showed me photos of how the bear looked when it arrived to their shop (it honestly was hard to view the photos due to the unprofessional work of the prior taxidermy). My stomach was in knots looking over the photos and then I was offered a chance to see the repaired rug for the first time ever. As we went to the back room even my wifes jaw dropped as she had seen the bear when the last Taxidermist had what we assume purposely destroyed it and she was blown away with how much better it looked (you cant polish a turd but some how RJ was able to get some sparkle back into this nugget of horse manure that S**** produced). For what RJ had to work with the rug turned out amazing and I will update this thread with photos of the before and after (eyes are lazy eyed, ears were not done properly, the hide had slipped in several locations heavily and not repaired at all, S**** from whittier CUT THE TAIL OFF COMPLETELY, the mouth had Finger prints on the lips and there was no color or detail on the mouth, there was ZERO padding put into the rug, the felt was GLUED on in most areas, there was TONS of errors and problems with it). I am now proud to actually hang it on the wall even though it still has imperfections its repaired to the point that the average joe will not notice and RJ and his wife did an amazing job with what they had to work with and the time they did it in. I will always recommend RJ @ Pro Taxidermy his work is top notch!
THERE WILL BE AROUND 40 photos uploaded when his wife is able to email me with what all they did to repair it and the before and after photos.
Thank you again RJ and please tell your wife thank you as well and I will see you all at your Oregon shop here in a few weeks.
here is a quick cell phone picture I will take much better photos and I am sure RJ will chime in here any day now