Yet another good conference at the Guild of Taxidermists' annual get together. Always good to see old friends and meet the now and upcoming taxidermists in the UK. This year, we were graced with two legends in the world of taxidermists from the UK, Derek Frampton and Peter Summers. It was great to see them again; they have been a great inspiration to me since I first started taxidermy.
One of the guests this year was Yvonne Fritzsche-Nehls who did a talk on polyethylene glycol. She showed some great results and I still need to have a go at this.
For the competitions this year, I did a Golden Eagle, Green Woodpecker and Barn Owl. Only the Golden Eagle was accepted by the judges as suitable for the competition. I mounted it in a flying pose fixed to some driftwood.
It managed to get first place in the Bird Competition, and was awarded Best of Show and Breakthrough Judges Choice. My protege, David Irvin, took second place with an excellent Scaup in a diving pose. No bird was deemed worthy of a third place so none was awarded this year.