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#7228971 - 12/26/12 Africa II mounts...  
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Gary O Offline
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Here is a quick peek at my mounts from my second plains game hunt with Louis van Bergen at Spiral Horn Safaris. Thanks again, Louis. I'm not sure how my hunting trips with Spiral Horn could have been any better...

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Kudu 3.JPG (407 downloads)
blesbok 1.JPG (306 downloads)
Eland 1.JPG (315 downloads)
zebra rug.JPG (313 downloads)

Gary

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Very nice Gary, I wish I had the room to have them on pedestels.


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#7231276 - 12/26/12 Re: Africa II mounts... [Re: Fjold]  
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those pedestals are not mine. they belong to my taxidermist in south africa...


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#7231633 - 12/27/12 Re: Africa II mounts... [Re: Gary O]  
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Looks great Gary, congrats.


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#7231681 - 12/27/12 Re: Africa II mounts... [Re: Hammerdown]  
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Thanks Gary

It means a lot to us to get such positive feedback!

I will be looking forward to our next time around the camp fire my friend.

PS for anyone interested we will be exhibiting at Houston Safari Club (Booth 114), Houston, 11 - 13 Jan 2013 and The African Sporting Expo, Concord (Booth 502), North Carolina, 18 - 20 Jan 2013!!! I hope to see some of you gentleman there.

Best Regards
Louis van Bergen


Louis van Bergen - Owner and Outfitter of Spiral Horn Safaris
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#7231927 - 12/27/12 Re: Africa II mounts... [Re: SpiralHorn]  
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Louis: hope to see you in Concord that Friday.

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Nice pedestal mounts. I have but one pedestal mount but will have more in the future. Who did the taxidery work? MTG


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#7232309 - 12/27/12 Re: Africa II mounts... [Re: MTGunner]  
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Fgold767 it would certainly be good to see you sir thank in in advance for taking out the time!

Best Regards
Louis van Bergen



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E-mail: safari.spiralhorn@gmail.com
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#7232370 - 12/27/12 Re: Africa II mounts... [Re: SpiralHorn]  
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African Memories Taxidermy.
email Pieter van Bergan at: africanmemories.taxidermygmail.com


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Congrats.

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Gary:

Those are some very nice mounts
The memories should last forever!
I hope to go and have a similar hunt some day

I just got my package picked up
Thank you very much for the extra effort!!

Happy New Year

Joe

#7251326 - 12/31/12 Re: Africa II mounts... [Re: Gary O]  
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Just curious. What is the process for ironing out the rug?


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#7257743 - 01/02/13 Re: Africa II mounts... [Re: 1minute]  
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Hallo Gentlemen.

My name is Pieter van Bergen and im the owner of African Memories Taxidermy and taxidermist who did Gary Owen's trophies. First of all im so happy that you are so pleased with your trophies Gary.

I hope that this answers your question about the rugs 1minute.

First the shins get dried out using salt. Then the hard dried out skin gets soaked in a dirt soak mixture to remove dirt. The skin is now wet and soft(but not soft enough to be a rug) and ready to be placed in the pickling mix which is an acid base mixture. After +- 4-8 days the skins will be ready to be cut thinner. After the shaving pocess(cutting of skins) the thin skin is placed in the tanning oil mix in a round wooden drum for the tanning process. After tanning the thin soft skin is washed in water and dried and then you have your rug.The whole process can take from 2 to 4 weeks.

I hope this gives you an better idea of the process.

Kind ragrds All

P

#7261069 - 01/03/13 Re: Africa II mounts... [Re: African_Memories]  
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Good day Gentleman.

I would just like to notify everyone that our booth number at African Sporing Expo NC has changed to 513.

Best Regards
Louis van Bergen


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