By Marcus Schneck
Throughout the nine-day Great American Outdoor Show, Jason and Jennifer Carder or Carder Taxidermy, of Ijamsville, Md., twice daily have demonstrated the taxidermy skills and techniques involved in transforming deer hide and antler into a trophy for hanging on the hunter's wall.
With a crowd watching for as long as a couple hours, the Carders and other taxidermists in their booth work from a generic deer mold, tanned hide and original anglers of the animal, adding plastic eyes, sculpting clay, thread, staples and glue until they reach a re-creation of the animal as it existed in life.
It's a crowd-pleaser of a demonstration, but it also allows the Carders to get through some of the work their clients are awaiting. The hides and antlers are from the clients' deer. The taxidermy forms onto which the Carders affix the deer parts were selected by those clients to present their trophies in the poses they want to remember.
With more than 40 years' experience, Carder Taxidermy specializes in white-tailed deer. Video.