1) 18"x18" piece of cardboard or plywood, etc.
2) Bondo (auto supply store, K-Mart, etc.)
3) Borax (grocery store, 20 Mule Team)
4) Masking tape
5) Turkey Tail Plaque Walnut
Creek Hardwood Panels
First you will need to remove the tail from the
bird. This is not too difficult as the quills are not attached to the main body like
waterfowl. Cut around the base of the tail until it detaches.
It is always better to have
too much than not enough.
You can always cut off what you don't need later.
Now that you have that done you are going to need to remove ALL
meat, fat, membrane, etc. If not you will
get bugs. With a knife scrape off all you can,
cut between the quills (not too deep to detach
them). Once you have removed all
you can with a knife, pour borax on the quills and rub in everywhere, between the quills
and on to the skin.
Take the piece of cardboard and about 2" up from the bottom
draw a line from right to left. Next measure over half way (9") and draw a line
from top to bottom. Now spread the tail flat out along the bottom line
toward you) and center the center feather with your center line. Take a piece of
masking tape and tape the center feather to the cardboard and also the right and left side
feather on the 2 " line. Gently move feathers on each side so they look even.
the feathers, one will lay on top of the other. Once you are satisfied, take a piece of
masking tape from the far right side where the feather meets the 2" line and run it
up to the center feather. This will hold the feather in place.
Do the same on the other
side (now you should have a upside down "V").
Shake off any excess borax. Mix up some Bondo and with a butter knife
or similar instrument and put the Bondo on the quills being careful not to get any on the
feathers. If you do, don't panic.
Let it set up to a rubbery state and it will peal off.
Don't overdo this step. You just need a nice even thin coat to hold things in place. Once it
has set up to a rubbery state take a knife and cut off any high or undesirable places.
Wait until it gets hard, about 20 minutes or so, flip it over and repeat the Bondo process.
the tape off gently once side two has set up.
The last step is to install the tail onto the plaque. If you
have a beard cut it off, get all the meat off it and rub borax on it.
Then fill a
small dixie cup with borax and insert the meat end of the beard into it overnight.
Take it out the next day and
shake off any excess. Install on the plaque.
If you are looking for a quality plaque for your turkey tail look
at Walnut Creek Hardwood.
have some awesome laser engraved plaques at a very reasonable price.
Tell them where
you got the link. Thanks.
Good luck on your Turkey Tail Mount. If you have any
questions Email me