Mounting Nick Mundt's Russian Brown BearSep 15, 2009

 Sorry it's taken so long (things have been crazy busy around here), but here are the shots of Nick Mundt's visit! Nick entertained us all week long with his stories and antics and was great to have around. We put him straight to work and he was a natural. Below shows just a little bit of the fun we had. Be sure and check out Volume 2 when it gets released for even more!


BEFORE NICK ARRIVED

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Picking out the manikin

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The change-out head.

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Taking measurements.

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Darin draws up the blueprint for the wood base.

 

DAY 1 WITH NICK

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Nick shows off some of his bear hunt pics.

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Taking it apart, to put it back together.

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The glue that holds it all together.

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I think we're gonna need more Bondo.


DAY 2 WITH NICK

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Nick hard at it, rasping the manikin.

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Cally shows Nick how the nose works.

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"I told you he had a big head!" - Nick Mundt

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Darin delivers the wood base for the mount.

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Cally and Nick, chillin' and cooking dinner. 

 

DAY 3 WITH NICK

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Cally's drawing of the mount scared Nick a little bit.

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Using Nick's real skull to make the change-out head just right.

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Wesley preps the skin.  

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A trip to the welding shop.

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Preping the manikin.  

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Attaching the change-out head.

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The form finally gets it head on straight.

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Caleb and Cally smooth out the neck.

 

DAY 4 WITH NICK

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Nick shows off another of Cally's masterpieces; a portrait of Nick.

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Cally builds up the nose.  

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Nick helps Cally get the eyes just right. 

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The face is finally done... 

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... now on to the toe jam. 

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Let's eat lunch! 

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Team Hazel Creek chows down. 

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Putting finishing touches on the cape.

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What day is it? The hide finally goes on.  

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Cally works on the face while Nick oversees his work.

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EVERYBODY sews...

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...and sews...

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..and sews.

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It's starting to look like a bear.

 

DAY 5 WITH NICK

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Cally works some more on the face.  

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Jesse films all the action for Bringin' it Home Volume 2.

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He's looking good.

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The bear crew shows off their work.

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See you soon Nick!

 

Nick is coming back later this fall and we will finish up the bear and his base.