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10 Saleesh Drive | Thompson Falls, Montana, 59873
(406)531-3451

Taxidermy School Courses: (All classes are limited to six students each)
Six Week Full Course
Two Week Mammal Course

Six Week Taxidermy Course ($5,770.00 for 2017 classes)) (Click here for class dates)
Our six week course consists of approximately 3 1/2 weeks mammal taxidermy, and about 2 1/2 weeks of bird and fish taxidermy. A wide variety of habitat techniques and other topics are taught throughout the course, as outlined below. This is a complete, well rounded course for those who wish to learn all the skills of a successfulGraduate Elana Schwartz commercial taxidermist.

Requirements: During the six week full course, you will mount two competition level gameheads (2 deer, or 1 deer & 1 antelope), one lifesize mammal (our choice of fox, raccoon, fisher, mink, etc.), one open mouth rug (fox, coyote, raccoon, etc.), one rooster pheasant, one drake mallard, one cold water fish, one warm water fish, and one fiberglass reproduction (See photo above right). You will also Graduate, Kain Vanovercomplete a variety of beautiful habitat bases for many of your class projects. Your completed mounts, as well as your habitat bases, and tools, are all yours to keep when you leave!

Topics Covered:
Business Set-Up and Client Interaction: Over the years we have created various forms that make the record keeping end of our business much simpler. Our forms are very user-friendly, and do not take a lot of training, so don't worry about spending a lot of class time learning paperwork! We simply provide you with copies of all the forms we use, we briefly discuss them, and then cover any questions you have. This part of the course also covers some very simple ways to market your business, and you will learn how to effectively compete with other established taxidermists. You will be amazed at the many different ways you can make your name known with very little expense. And finally, you will learn the importance of effective client relations, including everything from completing the initial customer job ticket, to collecting deposit, payments, and final customer pick-up. And of course, we also cover taxidermy suppliers, as well as taxidermy licensing. In order to reserve as much time as possible for your actual taxidermy training, the time you spend in this part of the course will be short but efficient. You will be amazed at the effectiveness of this small but valuable part of the course.

Graduate, Eric ReedTaxidermy Techniques: Topics covered here are so numerous, that we will just list a few. We start with skinning, measuring, and prepping procedures, then move on to mannikin preparation. The actual mounting process covers many processes, from setting eyes and ears, to using our own award winning septum procedure. Finish work is covered in detail, and all along the way you will have access to official taxidermy competition score sheets to make sure you stay on top of each and every item as you go. We include all of our advanced techniques (See Overview Page), and cover the differences between commercial and competition procedures. If you would like a pictorial overview of our six week course, please see our Class in Progress pages.

Tanning: Tanning is covered, although students will not tan individual mammals due to time restrictions. For more information on what our tanning project will teach you, and how it compares to instruction offered at schools who specialize in commercial tannery training, please see our FAQ's page. Tanning methods for preserving birds and fish, are different from those used for mammals. These procedures will be implemented with each specimen before the actual mounting process begins.

Trout on gnarley rootsHabitat: We take great pride in our habitat training. Have you ever seen what was supposed to be a rock, and wondered why it didn't look real? Have you seen rocks, snow, or icicles you thought were real, only to find out they were artificial?
Ice techniquesRealistic habitats are easy when learned correctly, so we cover these simple basics and then go a few steps further, by including original techniques we have developed, such as driftwood enhancement (see left), and sculpting free-form bases from our trade secret base modeling material..

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Two Week Mammal Course: ($2,995.00) (Click here for class dates)
We have replaced our former 3 week mini course with this Two Week Mammal Course, due to many requests over the past couple of years. This is a great option for those of you with time restrictions, for those who simply want to concentrate on mammal taxidermy, or for those who want an affordable training alternative.
Although our six week course is a great choice for those of you who want maximum training, you can still gain substantial skills with the Mammal Course. After completing this course, yes... you will have the knowledge and skills to open your own (mammal) taxidermy business. As with our complete six week course, the Two Week Mammal Course include everything needed to complete your mounts.

The Two Week Mammal Course includes the following: One gamehead (deer or antelope), one open-mouth lifesize mammal (such as fox, etc), a stunning snow/ice habitat scene for your lifesize mount, and one custom antler plaque. Gamehead mounts will make up the bulk of your customer work, so it is imperative that this be included in your mammal course. The lifesize mount is an 'open mouth' project, specifically so you learn techniques that can also be utilized with open mouth rugs once you get home. The antler plaque is not from a 'kit'. It is a custom mount, based upon the size and specific characteristics of the antlers. The habitat base with snow & ice, will put a beautiful finishing touch on your lifesize mount! There will be no shortcuts taken with this course, all procedures taught will be the same standards as with our full six week course. We will cover federal and state taxidermy licensing procedures, as well as information on setting up and running your new business so that once you finish, you will be ready to begin your new career in taxidermy!

Topics Covered:
Business Set-Up and Client Interaction: Over the years we have created various forms that make the record keeping end of our business much simpler. Our forms are very user-friendly, and do not take a lot of training, so don't worry about spending a lot of class time learning paperwork! We simply provide you with copies of all the forms we use, we briefly discuss them, and then cover any questions you have. This part of the course also covers some very simple ways to market your business, and you will learn how to effectively compete with other established taxidermists. You will be amazed at the many different ways you can make your name known with very little expense. And finally, you will learn the importance of effective client relations, including everything from completing the initial customer job ticket, to collecting deposit, payments, and final customer pick-up. And of course, we also cover taxidermy suppliers, as well as taxidermy licensing. In order to reserve as much time as possible for your actual taxidermy training, the time you spend in this part of the course will be short but efficient. You will be amazed at the effectiveness of this small but valuable part of the course.

Taxidermy Techniques & Habitat: Topics covered here are so numerous, that we will just list a few. We start with skinning, measuring, and prepping procedures, then move on to mannikin preparation. The actual mounting process covers many processes, from setting eyes and ears, to using our own award winning septum procedure. Finish work is covered in detail, and all along the way you will have access to official taxidermy competition score sheets to make sure you stay on top of each and every item as you go. We include all of our advanced techniques (See Overview Page), and cover the differences between commercial and competition procedures.

Please contact us with any questions you may have concerning our taxidermy courses!




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