I'm guessing you taxidermied all of these? I have a question about the paws. I am going to mount a raccoon this summer so I've been doing some research. All the taxidermy raccoons have toes that are close together while the raccoons in nature in photographs only have their back toes close together whereas their front toes are spread apart. I'm just a bit confused.
Always go with nature! Most of the reason you are seeing this is just because of the way many taxidermists do the mounts. I tend to go way more on the anthropomorphic side, so I usually spread these little beauties out. Keep in mind that doing so will make the fingers pretty fragile. I recommend using aves apoxie sculpt or some other two part resin clay for this. Normal clay will be much more susceptible to breakage. (I know from experience...) Its also possible that most taxidermists are using premade foam forms and cutting out grooves for fingers rather than sculpting them, that will always force them close together and make them kind of boring looking. The best way to go is to recognize that raccoons have hands and feet, similar to ours. If you are in that mindset when you are sitting down to pose, you will likely come up with better results.
Of course the best reference is going to your local dumpster and hanging out with them for a while. I might also recommend this Nova Special (top video on my external video page.) [link] If you plan on mounting a few raccoons, this will really help you out!
Let me know if there is anything at all I can do to help!
Wowee. I sometimes forget how kind people can be. Thank you so much for helping out. It's really hard to find tutorials on how to do taxidermy. I found one on youtube for a squirrel and another for a bird...but none for raccoons. Do you know of any tutorials, whether they be step-by-step or a video?
Thanks for the video. I am a documentary junkie. Brilliant idea to watch a video in addition to looking at pictures.
thanks! Always happy to help. I film so much of what I do, but I have had very little time to edit... I do have a lot of tutorial stuff, but nothing on raccoons up at the moment. perhaps soon? I have been teaching a number of people how to mount raccoons this last month, and we have a number of them on the table right now. Perhaps I can get something up this spring! until then, any questions you have I am happy to answer via email or through this thing.