We asked for other subscriber feedback, and this month Sam Knoy weighed in with his own experience with this technique. He writes, "I have hunted with Gerald Telford and highly recommend him. (See hunt report ID 6063.) David Jacobs, the taxidermist the Telfords use in New Zealand, is a second generation taxidermist who produces high quality work and is a pleasure to work with.
"As I write this, I am looking at my red stag, fallow deer, two chamois and a tahr that Jacobs mounted for me. The stag and fallow deer both were done with the square-rod-and-socket method. They came out perfect, and no one can possibly tell the difference. The mounts match their photographs, as they should! This method cut the freight cost and reduced the chance of damage in shipping. I definitely would recommend David Jacobs' style of mounting. He knows what he's doing. I never score or enter animals for the record books, so I can't comment on what the measurers would have to say."
In our July issue, we already printed a follow-up report by correspondent Michael Bodenchuk addressing that very issue. He discusses the methods of cutting trophies and the consequences for trophy measuring.
As for the general quality of taxidermy in New Zealand, subscriber Hale Caswell had this to say: "My experience with New Zealand taxidermy was very positive. The entire process was professional and went very smoothly (unlike some US and British experiences). The workmanship was........(continued)