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UTA Jam Session

What is a Jam Session?  It's an opportunity for taxidermists to get together during the year (in addition to our yearly competition) and learn new stuff from different taxidermists.  A Jam Session is an all day event, has limited reserved seating and includes lunch.  The cost is usually $100 per person.



Jam Session


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Please RSVP to Ross Richard (801-856-8506 or ross5253@gmail.com) so we know how many to plan for.

Location:

Cost: $100, includes lunch, snacks and drinks.

Make check payable to Utah Taxidermists Association (Not UTA) and bring it with you,
Or pay using the PayPal link on the Home Page.

Any questions contact Ross Richard 801-856-8506 or Jeremy Judkins 801-694-4466.



Jam Session #24

Several Taxidermists   Hands-on, Mule Deer Mounting Seminar  July 30, 2016


Jam Session #23

Several Master Taxidermists   Hands-on, 2 day Elk Mounting Seminar  May 20 - 21, 2016


Jam Session #22

Dave Ferguson, Ben Nielsen and Curtis Wilson   Hands-on, 2 day Mule Deer Seminar  June 19 -20, 2015

This 2 Day Mule Deer Seminar was a hit, sorry to those who missed this, it was fantastic!  Thank you Dave, Ben and Curtis for sharing your knowledge, and thanks to Ross for cooking, he is a great chef!

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Jam Session #21

Ross Richard   Whitetail Deer A to Z  May 30, 2015

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Jam Session #20

Casey Higley   Skinning, Prepping and Mounting a Porcupine  May 2, 2015


Jam Session #19

Darin Gardner   Mounting a Swan  August 9, 2014


Jam Session #18

Ross Richard   Exotics  August 2, 2014
For those of you who didnít attend, you missed out on a great Jam session from Ross Richard. This was a hands on learning experience and everyone was able to practice the techniques side by side, another great learning experience!


Jam Session #17

Scott Humble   Mounting a Grey Fox on Custom Fabricated Body  July 12, 2014


Jam Session #16

Chad Draper   Mounting a Mule Deer  June 28, 2014


Jam Session #15

Dave Ferguson   Molding and Casting  May 31, 2014

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Jam Session #14

Shane Shaw, Shawn Shaw and Darin Gardner
Habitat, Water, Ice and Rocks Jam Session  May 17, 2014.

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Jam Session #13

Ben Nielsen   Skinning, Fleshing, Salting and Prep for Tanning Jam Session   August 10, 2013.
Some of the most important steps in taxidermy begin with a raw cape/skin, and Ben covered everything any good taxidermist needs to know to get that cape/skin prepped and into the salt.  Anyone who attended this Jam Session is sure to reduce their raw cape/skin prep time.

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Jam Session #12

Darin Gardner   Waterfowl VS Upland Birds Jam Session   July 20, 2013.

Darin covered differences and similarities between upland birds verses waterfowl, as well as techniques and methods working with both.  Skinning, feather patterns, fat content and fleshing, anatomy, body carving, wiring, cast heads  verses using the real head, washing, degreasing, skin prep, sizing, mounting strategies...Darin covered it all!

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Darin
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Jam Session #11

Scott Humble   Fish 101 Jam Session   June 29, 2013.

Talk about Fish 101 and then some! Scott covered it all: Field care, reference photos and casts, proper measuring and template making, foam body carving, skinning, molding and casting artificial heads and fins, several painting techniques and more!

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Jam Session #10

Chad Draper   Antelope Jam Session   June 15, 2013.

Chad covered muscle and anatomy very well; Who knew there were so many muscles around the ear! Chad's techniques will help anyone advance their work after this session. Thanks Chad!

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Chad Draper Antelope Jam Session


Jam Session #9

Bill Lancaster gave a excellent 2-day seminar April 12-13, 2013. 
He covered EVERYTHING pertaining to mounting a properly proportioned and detailed Mule Deer Shoulder Mount.  Several attendees went straight home and put these techniques right to work, and WOW, what a difference it made for these already talented taxidermists!  Thank you Bill!

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Jam Session #8

On May 19, 2012, Darin Gardner gave a fantastic seminar on mounting a turkey!  Everyone picked up on many new ways to help make mounting a turkey easier and with more realistic results.  Darin's techniques are second to none when mounting upland game birds.  Thank you Darin for continuing to help fellow UTA members improve their taxidermy skills.


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Darin Gardner
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Jam Session #7

The African Big Game Head Jam Session with Dirk Bawden (held March 31, 2012) was a huge help to everyone who wanted to learn 3 major competition techniques: 1. Dirk's know how on competition noses from start to finish, 2. What judges look for on African mounts, and 3. Focus on eyes and ears.  Thanks Dirk for sharing your time and knowledge!

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Jam Session #6

A big thanks goes out to all of you who came and supported the association at Scott Humble's Jam Session! What a nice day! Scott is truly a versatile and gifted artist. We learned how to cast noses and septums, how to finish big game heads by blending oil paints, proper cape preparation, form alterations, how to use oils and other substances to preserve capes and maintain realism, tons of little tid-bits and secrets to making a competition mount come alive, and much much more. Probably the most impressive for me was watching Scott mount a deer from start to finish without the use of a mounting stand. And finally, a big thanks to Scott Humble for donating his time and expertise. Excellence through education is really what it's all about and Scott did a bang up job teaching us all.


Jam Session #5

'Big Thanks' to Darin Gardner for mounting a competition pheasant and covering all the details, start to finish.  Here is a quote from Darin, "Our fifth UTA Jam Session was a blast! I'd like to thank all of those who came and supported the Association. It's always fun to sit and watch someone else do the work, but now having been the clinician I have a new appreciation for those who have given their time.  Jeff, Grant, Dean, Dan, Thank you all! The best part about having a big group of guys and gals all together in one room is bouncing ideas and techniques off each other, and even though I was the one teaching this time, I felt like I also learned from the experience. Mounting a piece for a competition is hard enough when you're alone in your shop. But when you've got ten sets of scrutinizing eyes on you... I hope each and every one of those who attended went away with something they can use to help improve their work."


Jam Session #4

Dan Johnson (the 2011 Competition Fish Judge) painted a reproduction Brooke Trout and a skin mounted Rainbow Trout.  He shared many useful tips and techniques, such as things to look for when buying reproduction fish bodies, how to detail artificial fins, mixing paints in cups verses layering colors on the fish, scale tipping, how he uses an airbrush along with charcoal pencils for fine details, how to paint spots and vermiculations, and so much more!  Thank you Dan for sharing some of your fish painting and finishing insights!

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Jam Session #3

The UTA's third Jam Session was a huge success!  'Special Thanks' to Dean Schulte for putting on a fantastic seminar on mounting a life-size black bear.  Dean's insights into the world of life-size taxidermy and his great ability as a clinician made for one of the best clinics ever seen!


Jam Session #2

Grant Wilborn shared his techniques and talent mounting a flying Harlequin Drake and it turned out beautiful!  He covered ALL the aspects of mounting this particular duck, and much, much more.  He demonstrated how to do a dorsal incision skinning job, how he casts feet and bills, body carving, important steps to take in the fleshing and washing of the bird, and his methods in putting it all together.  To get a bird mounted so it actually looks like it's in flight with the air moving across the feathers is very tricky.  Grant pulled it off!  Thank you Grant!

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Jeff Zaugg from Elko, Nevada, came over and showed us his techniques and tricks for mounting a Pronghorn.  Jeff is a very accomplished competitor and pronghorn are one of his favorite animals to mount and compete with.  He covered all the important points to completing a top quality piece, including horn fit to get those little hair patterns to line up correctly.  Thank you Jeff!