Wouldn't you rather be mounting something than
Over the years, we've heard from other taxidermists
that base work is too time consuming! Most find mounting wildlife
instead far more rewarding. So we set out to design a product that
would save taxidermists time and make them more money from their
projects. Since floor bases are all too common, we thought that a wall
hung base would fit the bill.
We've kept the base as simple as possible, allowing the
taxidermist to customize it for many types of projects.
The Summit wall-mount base will accommodate the
majority of life size North American big game such as goat, sheep,
black bear, wolf and cougar.
The only limit to creating a truly unique base is the
taxidermist's own imagination. Because our base is over 90% foam it can
be easily altered for shape or size with just a sawzall and a rasp. Any
type of ground cover can be applied and adding rocks and driftwood is
as simple as digging a hole in the base at the desired location and
foaming them in. (Recently, one of our clients simply carved rocks into
the the face of the base.)
As you can see by some of the examples illustrated here
(see photos), there are an unlimited variety of ways to create your own
unique base, no matter what your project calls for.
And the best part is, you'll be able to produce a
completely finished base for your project in as little as 7 hours,
which for us, saves well over a day's labour, over even the most
rudimentary life-size base. This results in higher profits for the
user, since the time saved can be spent on more rewarding and
"Thanks for the comments! I got the base and form from
(Summit) out of Alberta. The base is unique in that it is supported
from underneath so that the whole rock sits out from the wall! It's
mostly foam so you can carve it up and change the appearance easily."
This piece demonstrates the versatility of our
manufactured base. This Queen Charlotte Islands Black Bear is mounted
Studios #170 Black Bear mannikin, with the right rear leg altered
slightly to fit the base.
The ground cover and plants used in this project show
that any type of habitat can be created, from coastal rainforest to
desert and everything else in-between.
This project also demonstrates another benefit of using
this base. Bears mounted on floor bases, are usually viewed from above.
With a wall-mount base however, this bear can be displayed and viewed,
at a height that creates a unique and interesting perspective, looking
up into the bear's face.
The Summit wall-mount base is also a good choice for
species such as sheep and goats which are often displayed in this