Mounting a Warthog
Garry mounted a warthog for a customer who collected the animal in Botswana. Warthogs are found in most areas of the southern two-thirds of Africa. The customer wanted the skull cleaned and finished in an antique copper patina. Garry casted the tusks and put the cast tusks into the shoulder mount and the real tusks are in the finished skull. The tusks should be removed every two years and lightly oiled with mineral oil or they will crack.
Finished Warthog Mount
|Cleaned skull with antique copper finish & real tusks inserted.|
|Warthog form with tusks fitted to manikin.|
Warthog tanned cape ready to be added to the form.
|Glass eyes are set in clay and form is covered with glue.|
Turing the mount over allows Garry to sew the seams.
Tusks are added back into the manikin.
|Glued and pinned.|
Pins hold everything in place while it dries.
|After drying, the skin color is restored with paint.|