As you've seen in previous posts, I targeted kokanee salmon (landlocked sockeye) pretty heavy a few months ago. My goal was to catch a big spawning male so I could get a replica mount done. A lot of research went into finding the right person to do this mount, including craftsmanship, turn around time, and price. I found several people that fit one or two aspects of what I was looking for, but one person met all the criteria.
Skips Carving is out of North Carolina, and he hand carves and paints each piece that he does. I gave him a few pictures and measurements to go off, and he did the rest. He truly creates a work of art, not just a run-of-the-mill fish mount. I received my mount earlier this week and couldn't be happier with the results. If you are looking to get a replica mount done, check out Skip's page to see all the different species he's done. He's easy to work with, and does an incredible job. You can see the progression of my mount below.