Championnat d’Europe de Taxidermie

10th Open European Taxidermy Championships 2015

Oulu, Finland

11 au 17 May 2015

On behalf of the ETF Board I am glad to welcome all taxidermists and friends of taxidermy to the 10th European Taxidermy Championships® in Oulu. This is an exciting opportunity for the competitors to present their best taxidermy work to their colleagues and of course to the jury – so good luck to everybody! To be able to present taxidermy masterpieces to a broad public in the course of a big game fair is the ideal possibility for the whole European taxidermy community. Taxidermy competitions have been under the patronage of the European Taxidermy Federation since the beginning – ETC® is the “flagship” of our association.

ETF is the roof organisation of currently 11 national taxidermy associations, but also a number of individual members. If you are interested to join, please visit the official ETF web site: www.eurotaxidermy.eu
Last but not least I have the great pleasure to introduce Mr Rafael Centenera from Spain as the next ETF President. I wish him all the best and a good future for the ETF!

With best regards

Christoph Meier
On behalf of the ETF Board

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Program

Monday – 11th May

– 8.30 am – 6.30 pm Registration
– 7.00 pm Get-together party at Nallikari camping (also Judges are welcome)

Tuesday – 12th May

– 8.30 – 9.00 am Judges meeting
– 9.00 am Judging begins
– 10.00 am – 12.00 am Seminar 1
– 11.30 am – Wednesday around 11.30 am Visit to MartinSelkonen wildlife center, TOUR 1 – 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Seminar 2

Wednesday – 13th May

– 8.30 am Judging continues
– 9.30 am – 1.30 pm Endless Loop Film Presentation: The Making Of the Recreation of „Samson“ – 11.30 am – Thursday around 11.30 am Visit to MartinSelkonen wildlife center, TOUR 2
– 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm SCI official trophy measurer course

Thursday – 14th May

– 8.30 am – 2.00 pm Judging finished, ribbons in place
– 10.00 am – 12.00 am Seminar 3
– 10.00 am – 6.00 pm Northern Finland Outdoor Life Fair
– 2.00 pm Award voting (Excellence, Taxidermists’ choice) starts
– 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Seminar 4
– 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm Taxidermy competition show and Taxidermy booths area – 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm SCI official trophy measurer course (if enough interest)

Friday – 15th May

– 10.00 am – 6.00 pm Northern Finland Outdoor Life Fair and Taxidermy competition show – 10.00 am – 12.00 am Seminar 5
– 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm Score Sheets and Diplomas of attendance handed out
– 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm Seminar 6

– 2.00 pm Award voting (Excellence, Taxidermists’ choice) ends – 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm Judges critique, part 1
– 8.00 pm – 9.30 pm Oulu city reception at Oulu City Hall

Saturday – 16th May

– 10.00 am – 6.00 pm Northern Finland Outdoor Life Fair and Taxidermy competition show – 10.00 am – 12.00 am Judges critique, part 2
– 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm Seminar 7
– 5.00 pm Banquet and Awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn

Sunday – 17th May

– 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Northern Finland Outdoor Life Fair and Taxidermy competition show – 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm ETF general meeting
– 5.00 pm Removal of taxidermy entries

NOTE: The entries must stay on place until the announced time without any exceptions.

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SEMINARS

Seminar 1 / Tuesday 12th May 2015 / 10.00 AM – 12.00 AM
by Dirk Grundler (Germany)
Finetuning in bird taxidermy regarding feet, beaks and fleshy parts of the skin
The seminar is showing the interaction between the correct use of reference materials and different methods for avoiding shrinkage in bird taxidermy.

Seminar 2 / Tuesday 12th May 2015 / 2.00 PM – 4.00 PM
by Bethany Palumbo (United Kingdom)
‘Once in a whale’
The seminar will present the conservation treatment of five historic Cetacean skeletons aimed to clean, preserve and stabilize the specimens for a future on display as well as improve their scientific accuracy.

Seminar 3 / Thursday 14th May 2015 / 10.00 AM – 12.00 AM
by Daniel Salzer (Germany)
Sculpting animals
Modeling small animal figures in clay – material, technique and what we can learn from sculpting.

Seminar 4 / Thursday 14th May 2015 / 2.00 PM – 4.00 PM
by Bosse Wessmann (Sweden)
Lifelike fish mounts and others
A discussion of what living fish in a natural situation do and don’t. How they use and interact with the surrounding water in movement and body posture, from a biological and mechanical point of view.

Seminar 5 / Friday 15th May 2015 / 10.00 AM – 12.00 AM
by Jack Fishwick (United Kingdom)
Bird Anatomy for Taxidermists
Exciting details about bird anatomy which every taxidermist should know to avoid fatal mistakes in reproducing bird bodies.

Seminar 6 / Friday 15th May 2015 / 1.30 PM – 3.30 PM
by Dieter Schön (Germany)
Excalibur and the Pointing method
Special method for sculpting a big old Simmenthal breeding bull and the mounting process.

Seminar 7 / Saturday 16th May 2015 / 1.30 PM – 3.30 PM
Wendy Christensen (USA)
Tricks of the Trade – Dealing with Difficult Mammals
The problems associated with African animal hide and horn preparation, and alternative methods of mammal taxidermy when commercial mannikins are not available.

Endless Loop Film Presentation / Wednesday 13th May 2015/ from 9.30 AM – 1.30 PM
Wendy Christensen (USA)
The Making of the Recreation ”Samson”
Samson, a 272 kg male Lowland-Gorilla (1950-1981), lived in the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Museum taxidermist and artist Wendy Christensen designed a new life-size recreation of Samson, using his death mask cast, yak hair, synthetic materials and high-tech methods to make the model. For the recreation of “Samson” Wendy was honored with the “Best in World Re-Creation” and “Judges’ Choice Best of Show” awards at the WTC® 2009.

SCI – Measurement Course / Wednesday 13th (and Thursday 14th) May 2015 / 2.00 PM – 6.00 PM
by Norbert Ullmann (Germany)
Safari Club International ( SCI ) Official Measurer ( OM ) Course
The participant will be introduced to all methods SCI utilizes to measure worldwide big game hunting trophies. Participation fee includes the “SCI OM Manual”, with all tools, description and measuring sheets, needed to be able to make trophy measurements. Mandatory: to be a SCI OM the OM needs to be a SCI member. Membership applications can be filled out prior to the course. Current membership fees are: annual: 90 USD; 3-years: 225 USD: Life Member: 2000 USD.

Note: This course must be pre-registered!

Costs: € 150,00 each person, payable directly to the SCI-Instructor + possibly SCI-Membership.