I received my caribou back from my taxi yesterday that I took in on September 12, 2012. She said that I did a real good job of turning and fleshing, except that I cut it too short on the bottom of the chest, and I didn't turn the ears far enough, and I cut the inside of the ears too short. She had to patch the bottom of the chest and it is visible.
The weird part is that I tubed out the front legs and came 1/2 way back so I know it was not short. I specifically recall taking the ears out to the very bitter end - tediously, accurately, and painstakenly (for me) until there was literally almost no fold. I may have cut the ears interior short, but I remember being warned prior of that, and was conscious about it while fleshing. She told me she could not get clay up into the ends of the ears and so they are soft.
To rub a little sand in my eye she did not fix the couple inches of one piece of horn that got squirrel damage like she said she would. She also wanted an extra 125$ that was not discussed prior to stain the antlers so they are just stripped of velvet and that's how they look. I told her I would do the staining.
The hair seems to come out very easily - is that typical of caribou? I have not seen this on any other animal.
The next issue, but maybe not so important kick to my chops, was that she forgot her checkbook at home for my refund that she owes me for the down payment that I gave her on the Griz that she forgot to take to the tanners. She's gonna mail it. I could live with not having the 325$ refund I am owed if the mount was really good quality that I would be proud to hang on my wall until my last day - but I am not so sure that it is all of that.
At this point I am most likely just screwed.
If anyone wants me to PM them the name of this business I would be more than happy to send it along.