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Author Topic: Need advice on turkey fan mounts  (Read 3289 times)

Offline Madgomer

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Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« on: May 31, 2016, 06:14:54 PM »
Have a pair of gobbler fans in the freezer that I intend to mount.  Haven't done it before. Doing some web searching, it appears most people are following the same basic technique, some using salt while others prefer borax powder to cure the skin.  Two questions for you wise people who have done this before:

1 - any personal preference for borax or salt, and why?

2 - once all of the feathers are in place & everything is cured, should a person consider applying any sort of clear shellac, lacquer, or maybe even hair spray (?) to keep everything looking neat & make it easier to dust the thing off without messing up all of the feathers in years to come?
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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2016, 06:48:58 PM »
Borax is the best way to go, in fact after they have dried out using borax I put them in a plastric bag with more borax in the bag covering the feather bases until I am ready to mount them .  ##$%#1118
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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2016, 07:52:02 PM »
Roger, I have done three fan mounts.  I use borax, (read Boraxo) cuz that's what we have on hand.  I try to remove as much fat and excess meat off the tail and then apply a good handful of borax to it, and try to work it in.  Then I put another handful on a large cardboard box (saved it for this purpose) then place the fan right side up, so the handful of borax is under the tail.  Then, using large T-pins, I pin the tail down, and the tail feathers spreading them evenly.  I add more borax and then let it sit for about a month.  Just took a pic of one I have already set up.  this one is the jake I shot earlier this month.  I don't apply any kind of spray afterwards.
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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2016, 08:58:00 PM »
Thanks guys - eager to give this a try.  My better half has the day off tomorrow, I'll have her pick up a box of borax for me and hopefully this weekend I'll give it a go.  Planning to build up a nice little quarter sawn oak plaque to mount it on.
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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2016, 05:43:35 AM »
Roger, I have done three fan mounts.  I use borax, (read Boraxo) cuz that's what we have on hand.  I try to remove as much fat and excess meat off the tail and then apply a good handful of borax to it, and try to work it in.  Then I put another handful on a large cardboard box (saved it for this purpose) then place the fan right side up, so the handful of borax is under the tail.  Then, using large T-pins, I pin the tail down, and the tail feathers spreading them evenly.  I add more borax and then let it sit for about a month.  Just took a pic of one I have already set up.  this one is the jake I shot earlier this month.  I don't apply any kind of spray afterwards.

This is the same way I do mine, I just did five this season, and have done all of them this way for the past four years. To date I have had no problems with any of them. It's very easy to do and yours will turn out very nice once done. Just make sure you clean the feathers very well first. Use a mild soap, I just use what ever hand soap we have on hand at the time and wipe it on with a damp cloth and then try to wipe it all off with a clean damp cloth to get the extra soap off.

Make sure you cut the "V" shape tail bone off at the bottom of the base of tail feathers, you will feel it, because that will make the fan set flat on the wall. Go for it and good luck.

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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2016, 05:44:58 AM »
Sorry, but my above post I was trying to Quote MichiganLouie. Not sure why it turned out like it did. LOL

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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2016, 06:10:04 AM »
Here is another tip for you, Roger, or anyone who's thinking of making a turkey fan mount.  The idea is to use the plaque mount as a clamp to hold the fan securely, without glue, etc. 
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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2016, 06:20:46 AM »
A local taxidermist told me to use borax after removing as much meat as you can.    This has worked well for me with turkey fans, beards, and deer skull caps.
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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2016, 03:38:39 PM »
Borax is the only way to go! @--0--0101
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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2016, 04:27:22 PM »
I also use Borax and rub it in real good. Then I put a small pile of Borax underneath the base, pin the feathers and then put another pile of Borax on top of the base. After it all dry, I use automotive Bondo to seal it up real good, Follow the directions as that hardens real fast. YO\ou can buy that at Wal-Mart and it contains the mix plus a hardener cream. The directions are easy to follow on that.
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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2016, 10:04:44 PM »
Thanks again guys, wife found me a box of borax today so I'm ready to go.  Louie - I'm sure I can figure this out with a little experimenting, but roughly how long do you make that spacer piece which goes between the wall plaque & the decorative piece?
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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2016, 06:02:59 AM »
I would let it go around a month. That's just me If it doesn't dry right, when you release the pins, the feathers will start to move toward the center and make the fam small so you don't want to rush it. I know you're excited about getting it up but you want to do it right so it looks great, and I know it will!
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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2016, 11:49:07 AM »
Borax is the way to go I use it ion my fans spurs and beards. Just be careful not to spread the tail feathers out too far or they will turn sideways when they dry I did this on my first one-- It still looks good but some of the feathers are off. Just fan it out without a lot of stretching use a gentle relaxed pressure.
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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2016, 04:26:25 PM »
Thanks again guys, wife found me a box of borax today so I'm ready to go.  Louie - I'm sure I can figure this out with a little experimenting, but roughly how long do you make that spacer piece which goes between the wall plaque & the decorative piece?

Roger, the length (width, thickness?) of the spacer piece depends on how thick the tail is in the area that would get clamped up.  You want it to be just a little narrower, so when you tighten the screws, the spacer squeezes the tail securely.  Just measured one I made out of 3/4" stock.  it's 4" long, 15/32" thick.  See the new pic.  I did cut a kerf on it, so the paracord holding the spurs and shotshell would go through.
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Re: Need advice on turkey fan mounts
« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2016, 05:52:18 PM »
Got it, thanks Louie, that puts me in the ballpark to start with.  Nice spurs on that bird!
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