I would like to know the best way to learn taxidermy

Submitted by Festus on 4/7/01. ( )

I am very interested in learning taxidermy-I have watched lots of videos and have also mounted a few deers-what do you think is the best way to improve my skills-a school such as john Rineharts, watching videos,reading books, going to workshops or trying to find a taxidermist to train under? I would like to ask all the taxidermist out there to let me know how they became a taxidermist. Thank you very much

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This response submitted by don on 4/8/01. ( patentax@aol.com )

from a good school would be my first choice. you can also go to weekend seminars given by some of the leading taxidermists.i learned from a correspondence course,reading,videos,and most of all doing what i learned! you're going to make mistakes,so go make them and get experience in the art. you can read and watch but the best teacher is hands on work. of course this is my humble opinion.

best of luck to you, don

I'll Be Different (Like THAT'S news!)

This response submitted by George on 4/8/01. ( georoof@aol.com )

Festus,(Geez, that's as bad as GEORGE)
Taxidermy is a lot like the card game pinochle. You can read all you want, but until you actually sit at the table and hold the cards, you'll never get the "feel" of the industry.

Until and unless schools become accredited and offer a set format in learning, your money will be spent in learning the techniques of THAT PARTICULAR SCHOOL or teacher. Joe Ferebee, Dave Luke, Frank Newmyer, Patrick Rummans,Stephan Savides, and Harvey & Ryan Zeigler (alphapetically, you notice)are beyond compare with birds, but having been to several seminars, I know that even THEIR techniques differ. So how can you select ONE school and get all that?

Though I don't compete, I still feel that it's the very BEST way to get your eye (if, in fact you have the talent) to see where and how to improve your work. Learn about DP AND tanning. You need to understand both to make informed decisions. Go to seminars at the competitions and hear the experts tell you how THEY do it. Then go to another at the next competition and get a contrasting view. Pretty soon, you'll find the points that all agree on and learn to add your own peculiarities to your work to make it unique.

And after you've read and seen it all, it all comes back to what Bill Yox said some time back: We all still have to walk through that door and skin the animal or bird out and put it on that manniken. Some people just have magic in their fingers, and the rest of us have to work hard at it.

Learning Taxidermy

This response submitted by Dave B. at vanDyke's Supply co. on 4/8/01. ( dave.belanger@cabelas.com )

Hello Festus,
Mr. Roof is absolutely correct. Going to seminars and compititions is a excelent way to learn.Join your state Taxidermy association. They'll have several meetings a year, and at most of the meetings, they'll have someone to give a seminar on the tricks of the trade.Attend the state compitition, even if you decide not to enter a mount. You'll learn a ton! At these events, there will usualy be 2-3 seminars a day at these events.If you do enter a mount, the judges are always more than willing to show you the ares in which you can improve and how to go about doing it.

Have a good day and the best of luck to ya,

Go to the World Show!

This response submitted by John C on 4/8/01. ( )

These seminars would give you a whole new insight to ways and the show would let you see what is expected.

John C is right !

This response submitted by Kent Palazzo on 4/9/01. ( racksnfinstax@hotmail.com )

The World Show to say the least was FANTASTIC! I sat in on Joe Coombs seminar on fri.(mounting a whitetail) and ended up with 7 pages of notes that I took down. This was my first time at the World Show and I'm already looking forward to the next one. The learning potential is unlimited! Was truely an awesome expirence.

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This response submitted by Carol Paulson on 4/10/01. ( taxidermyschool@juno.com )

Hi Festus. My husband Harry Paulson has been teaching Taxidermy for 27 years and has graduated at least 850 students from around the world. If you are interested in learning the basics and creating your own techniques, email us for a brochure. YOU will mount 25 to 30 specimens in class that will be yours to display in your shop, show off to friends or just hang around the house. If you have an interest in the industry, Harry will find and expand your creative talents. Hope to hear from you soon. Carol Paulson

wanting to learn Taxidermy.

This response submitted by Dan on 4/12/01. ( smitty04@msn.com )

I to want to learn the art of taxidermy and have the oppourtunity to work under a established taxidermist. I just have a few questions or concerns that I hope someone will take the time to answer.
A.) Is this the right way to get started?
B.) He has told me he will bring me into his shop, and teach me hands on. I can start with any species, the cost would be $1000. per specie.
c.) What would be a realistic time frame one could excpect?
My goal would be to become a full time taxidermist. This would be a career change for me, but it is something that I have wanted to do.
I know this is alitte off the wall questions but I need to start somewhere.
I live in Minnesota where there seems to be a very good market for this, what would be a income potential?

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