When receiving your specimen all information is taken from you to ensure that there is no mix up with any other specimens here. All items are tagged, contract is then signed and money is deposited.
We then take all necessary measurements to assist us in bringing the specimen to the exact size and proper fit.
Skinning will then be performed with great care making sure that no holes will be made to the skin. During this process we will treat the skin for any bacteria possibly growing; saving the skin from slipping. (rotting) Next, after skinning and removing all meats and fats the skin is properly washed of all its natural grease and dirt it acquires throughout its lifetime.
-TANNING AND FLESHING
We insist on the highest standard of wet tanning to have stretch and pliability from the skin. The system used is a pressurized drum, (ours is the 1st and only facility which uses it in the state of Hawaii) which forces the tanning chemicals into the skin with pressure, and at the same time extracting the natural toxic fluids a skin uses to break down itself. The final product is a well-tanned skin. Next, we flesh the skin using a 12 inch rotary fleshing machine to ensure that there is no shrinking to the skin and to thin down the skin as much as possible. Finally, the detail fleshing to the eyes, mouth, nose, and ears are all hand done one stroke at a time with an X-acto knife.
-PREPPING & CUSTOMIZING THE MANIKIN
Not every animal is the same size, and logic follows that every mount will be tailored to the actual size of your trophy. We take great care to customizing the form to insure proper fit. Again, our goal is to recreate your trophy to the exact likeness of the animal you harvested.
Finally, after all the measuring, skinning, tanning and customizing the manikin it all comes down to the most important step- MOUNTING. Now with the skin properly preserved and the manikin altered to the pose requested, we finally place the skin unto the manikin. Everything should and will fall into place and when doing an excellent job from the beginning, everything pay’s off. Now we add hide paste to the manikin assuring the skin will adhere to all the details we introduced into the manikin.
One of the final touches we add to the actual animal is the sculpting of many facial features such as the eyelids and nostrils. After these finishing touches have been applied, we have painstakingly recreated a detailed, realistic and natural appearance of your trophy. Once this is completed the animal almost seems to have come alive.
Now that you have a nearly living work of art, you need a scenic backdrop. Our habitat team strives for realism in creating the surroundings of your mount. By blending handmade synthetic materials and hand collected natural soils and plants, we provide a realism that can only be matched by Mother Nature herself. Most of our bases have wheels for easy transportation and are cast in lightweight poly-foam to ensure that the look is natural without the weight.