Monday, January 26, 2015


                                            CARVING THE DRIFTWOOD FISH

This is an easy, not a lot of tool project ,
that changes with your choice of driftwood.

Carving knife
Dremel/ sanding disk

Driftwood is placed in the oven at 250 degrees for about an hour depending on its size.
This will kill all the unwanted pests that my be harbored in side.
At this point put your imagination to work and design your creation.

When the wood is cooled and your design is in place begin carving.
Remember to pencil in placement of fins and gill plate and relief cut around them.

When the ruff carving is complete the sanding starts.

This turned out to be a rainbow trout diving in the water.
Mother Nature has done her part providing the driftwood, only you can imagine what to create with it .DO IT YOURSELF NATURES WAY.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

FALL FLOWERS Grow your own

FALL MUMS for cut Flowers

Petals post is a family owned/operated Greenhouse located in upstate New York In the mid Winter plugs and seeds are purchased from various flower producers across the country.

Mums, are purchased as plugs and grown outside, Spring through Summer in one and a half gallon containers. Then moved in to the greenhouse as cold weather approaches to finish flowering .
Spider mums adorning the traditional fall bronze color along with cushion mums will make great Fall arrangements.

Mums are one of our favorite flower grown for cut flowers. They come in many shapes, sizes and colors ,and last along time in a vase as a cut flower.

The company King Mums produces plugs for the novice or professional grower.  Many of the hard to find spider, pompom, Snowball and re curve mums are ready to purchase in January. Then shipped in early Spring.

So January the dead of Winter is the time to start planning your spring garden.
 "Do it yourself" Naturesway

Friday, January 2, 2015

Artificial Rock


Materials :

Durhams Rock Hard water putty
Dragon Skin Silicone
Clean Dry Stones
Heavy Foam Poster Board or
Thin Plywood
Disposable Mixing Bowl
Wooden Mixing Sticks
Wood Glue
Dry Soil, Sand or Shells
Spray Primmer

Durham's Rock Hard is found in  most
Hardware Stores.


Build a box to fit the amount of stone you wish to cast using ridged foam board
or plywood make sure all seams are taped tightly.
When the box is complete fill it with the stone , leave space on the sides to allow the dragon skin to cover completely.
Now the stone is ready to cast.
Spray the inside of the box and stone with WD40 this will be a releasing agent.
Mix the Dragon Skin and pour it over the rock formation. Do this very slowly to allow the air to escape from around the stone. Fill the box with Dragon Skin slightly covering the stone and allow to set completely.
Next remove the mold from the box and then the stone from the mold.
Trim the inside of the mold around each rock form and its ready to pour.

Mix the rock hard to a pancake type consistencey  and pour slowly in to the Dragon Skin mold.

Rock hard sets quit fast so work quickly at this stage. Gently tap the sides to help the air escape, allow to dry.

The Dragon skin picks up every detail of the rocks.
Now create a beautiful stream bed design with the rock hard cast.
First spray a few heavy coats of primer first over the entire cast.

Using Elmer's wood glue , cover the area between the rocks. Once the glue begins to become tacky cover it with dry dirt, sand ,or small shells, Depending on what natural scene you are attempting to recreate.     

White Crappie on Artificial Stone

Spay the cast with a second coat of primmer Then Air brush the final coat with color. Add a little driftwood and a mounted fish and its complete.              

Your mold is ready to pour again  .Be creative "DO IT YOURSELF " Natures Way Taxidermy     

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

                                   Nicabor pigeon  BIRD  TAXIDERMY

Birds are skinned from the under side or belly, lay the mount on its back and separate the feathers exposing the breast bone.
If needed use painters tape to keep the feathers separated keeping the skin exposed. With a scalpel make your first cut follow the Breast bone down to the vent.
Once the cut is made start lifting the skin with one hand and cut the tissue thats holding the skin to the meat.  Sprinkle borax on the inside of the skin to absorb the fluids (if the meat is to be consumed cornmeal is used)
Continue skinning until stopped by the leg and wing bone.
Now separate the leg and wing from the main body by cutting through the joint .Finish skinning the of the body to the neck.
Once the body is free of the skin ,lift the body and roll the skin down the neck to the base of the skull.
Pulling the head right side in
Then sever the neck at the base of the skull and remove the body, set it aside for measurements.
 At this point you should remove the  eye tissue and the brain. Before turning the head right side in flesh the neck area( remove all unwanted meat and tissue) and sprinkle with Borax.
The wing and leg should be skinned out in the same manner as the neck, once the meats are exposed remove them from the bone leaving the leg bone intact. When the the area is clean of meat and tissue cover it with Borax . The skin is now free of all meat and fleshing may begin, remember always scrape the fat and tissue on the skin  "with the feather quills" not against them. Bird skin is very thin and easily damaged.
Recreating the body

Carving the body:
Lay the body on a piece of carving foam and trace the outline. Begin carving the foam using the body as a template. Tools used :carving knife and hand held rasp.

After the foam has been shaped I, cover the form with gorilla wood glue and allow to dry. Several coats my be needed to smooth the surface.This allows the skin to be moved or taxied while mounting(Poly foam is purchased from a Taxidermy supply company)

Washing the bird skin:
This can be done in the kitchen sink,
or a five gal. bucket. Add Dawn liquid dish soap to five gallons of warm water. Submerge the skin and agitate  until the water runs clear. Remove and drip dry for a few minutes. Place the skin in a shallow container filled with mineral spirits.
Agitate gently then allow to sit for five minutes. This process will remove remaining water and soap.
Again remove the skin and allow to drip a few minutes, place the wet skin in a container and cover it with 20 Mule Team Borax soap.

Blow Drying:
Place your gloved hand in side the cavity,
and begin blow drying the feathers. Be careful
not to dry the skin only the feathers.
All plumage must be completely dry before mounting begins.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

                CARVING A WOODEN FEATHER in Three easy steps

Tools and Materials:
Dremel Tool/with sanding drum
Scroll saw
Paint or Stain

First step:
Purchase a 3/8 x 4" Bass wood board at a local craft store.


Step Two:
Draw your pattern on the board and cut it out on the scroll saw.
Shape  the cut out using the Dremel drum sander.

Step Three:
Paint or stain your creation according to the species that was chosen.
That's it !!Three easy steps to make an original Adirondack decoration.
Natures way

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mounting the Asian Purple Swamp Hen

 Mounting the Purple Swamp Hen

First Step:
Separate the feathers along the breast bone to expose the skin.
Using a sharp knife make the first cut from the vent half way up the breast( following the breast bone).
Start removing the skin by pushing your fingers under next to the meat. This will separate easily use the knife on any stubborn areas.
Remove the meat by severing the wing and drumstick (leg) close to the body. Set the skinned body aside for future reference .Apply 20 Mule Team Borax to soak up any body fluid through out this whole process.

Step Two:
Pulling tendons from the legs.
Make an incision at the bottom of the foot in the middle of the pad.
Using a thin flat screwdriver, push in to the pad sliding under the tendons.
Hold the top of the leg with one hand and pull the tendons out using the screwdriver.
 Snip them at the base and toss them away.

Step Three:
Removing the skull.
Make a small cut on the side of the head start at the ear opening. The opening should be large enough to remove the skull. But allowing the skin to stay attached to the beak area.
Once the skull is out snip the base with tin snips to expose the brain.
Remove all brain, eye, and mouth tissue .
Dust the exposed skin with Borax.

Purple Swamp hen head is unique with a very hard skull cap which remains attached.

Step Four:
Washing the skin.
Use 1/8 cup of Dawn dish soap to five gallons of  warm water .Place the skin in the bucket and agitate the skin softly to remove all dirt and stains from skinning.
After washing in Dawn submerge the skin in Mineral spirits.  Let the skin soak for 15 minutes. Remove the skin and cover it completely with Borax This will help remove most of the Mineral Spirits and preserve the skin. Use a blow dryer to dry the feathers completely.

Step Five:
Carving the body.
Use a piece of carving foam to recreate the body which the skin will be mounted on.
Use the skinned body for an accurate measurement.

Once the feathers are dry and the body is anatomically correct . Its time to mount the skin to the form.
Place self hardening clay at the base of the skull and eye sockets. Slide the neck which is attached to the foam body in gently. Set in place wing and leg wire fasten to the foam using hot glue. Now sew or glue skin together following your cut. Place the glass eye in each socket and fit in place.

Step Six:
Forming the mount.
Drill two holes in a piece of plywood, large enough to except the leg wires and hold the mount in it's upright position.
Use string or painters tape to hold feathers in place and allow to dry.
Mounted Purple Asian Swamp Hen Drying.
When the mount is dry apply natural habitat to finish.
Mount it yourself Natures way.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Hunting Fox

                                                                   PREDATOR HUNTING

Recently I read an article about protesting the wearing of fur products and it was upsetting to me. Most of the protesters were actors and models posing nude stating they would rather wear nothing than wear fur.
My question is how much did they get paid for this stunt or are they just exhibitionist looking for a cause.
In any case it brings me to this post,
Predator hunting.
Many years ago I, took up the sport of fox hunting not just for the joy of the hunt but a necessity.
It gave me a chance to catch those varmints that plagued our livestock and house pets.
Oh yes, our Labrador was attacked by a pack of coyotes, neighbors sheep torn apart in the field ,cats,ducks,pheasant and peacocks all killed or harassed by fisher,fox,raccoons,weasel and coyotes. So when October came around the tables turned "they" were now the prey.

In order to appreciate today's modern means of fox hunting, one should learn a little of its history and the characters that participated in the sport some 300 years ago.
The Father of fox hunting, Robert Brooke, who was also known as "Lord Baltimore".
Brooke was the first to import the fox hound, a dog used in an older traditional method of fox hunting.
Lord Baltimore recognized the value of the dog, to the point he made it a requirement," that each family that comes to settle in Maryland must bring at least one dog with them.
Fox hunting played a big part in the molding of America.
Following Brooke were such noble gentry as George Washington. Washington, was an avid fox hunter and devoted most of his spare time to the sport.
Others who joined in the ranks include John Marshall,Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson.
The sport quickly spread from the East, Southward as not only noblemen, but farmers picked up the sport.
Then in 1785 the state of Franklin (North Carolina) determined that fox and raccoon pelts were legal currency, with the value at one shilling and three pence for each pelt. Making them a valuable commodity and spawning the fur trade business for America.
Modern day fox hunting has changed drastically from the beginning of this country.
I know of only a few foxhound kennels and riders ready to mount their geldings and set off on a chase today. Most predator hunters use electronic calling machines or mouth calls with great results.
BUT pressure from animal rights groups are on the rise putting more human attributes on animals, than on humans .The sport of Hunting and Trapping is being scrutinized by organizations more today than ever in American history.
The costs to trap and hunt has increased making the popularity of the sport to decrease. Garments made of fur have lost much of their appeal here in the United States due to the pressure from these groups. While our furs that are harvested are sold over seas to Russia, Japan and China who are some of the largest purchasers of the finest fur in the world.
Hunting, Trapping and Fishing is part of Americas past, present and future. One only has to look at the revenue the sports provides to the economy and conservation programs to realize the need.