A couple of months ago, I posted a question about how long a hide should be at the tannery. I had thought my taxidermist might be stringing me along. So today I go by the taxidermist's shop to check on my mount. From what I gather, he's left town, the shop will be going out of business, but someday he will return and finish the mounts that are still there, including mine. The guy running the shop doesn't know when he'll be coming back. I heard from another taxidermist in town that my guy is now working at a shop in Anchorage, even though he still has people waiting for their stuff in Fairbanks.
My mount still needs some finish work, but it is otherwise mounted. I'm just heart broken, it looks like a kid mounted it. I'm not even sure it is the same animal that I dropped off. Four of us looked at it, and we all think it looks like a pretty poor job. Of course, I'm not a taxidermist myself. But as I sit here typing this message, I can count twenty big game mounts on my walls. So I do have an idea about what quality work should look like.
My question is this. Is it feasible to have another taxidermist do the mount over? I think it might be hard to find another taxidermist who'll touch it. I do know one really good taxidermist that might do it, but he lives in another state. And it just makes me sick to think that I'd have to wait another year to get the mount back from the second taxidermist.
Anybody have any ideas about how to handle this? I don't want to mention any names. Thanks for any feedback.