I was wondering if the Northwestern School of Taxidermy is still doing the mail order correspondence course? My grandpa and uncle took this course when they started (many years ago). I would like to take this course to get the diploma to get me started. I've been doing mounts for myself and family for about 3 years now.
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Jake, sorry, but no cigar on this one. Really, you don't want to learn that way except as a history lesson. Several suppliers offer "mail order" courses which are far more up to date that old J.W.Elwood.
Thanks for the info. Do you know where I could get or take a mail order course? I know McKenzie has a few ways of learning taxidermy, but I would like one where you get a completion diploma like The Northwestern School of Taxidermy used to have (my uncle and grandpa both have that diploma).
I feel like I'm telling you there's no Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus or even a Tooth Fairy. That's about all the good that came from J.W.'s mail order course. With a desktop publishing system and some special certificate paper, you can make one that's just as good as those your family got. No one failed to graduate unless they failed to keep paying for lessons.
WASCO offers the Sallie Dahmes beginners course in booklets that are much more effective teaching tools than Northwest. You can buy individual books, VHS tapes, and seminar tapes of actual projects to undertake. You won't get a diploma, but you will get an education.
What George posted is true advice. If you want the original Northwestern Taxidermy School course and diploma I see them being sold on Ebay. Look under the taxidermy section under hunting in sporting goods. There are several versions depending on the year they were published. Wait for someone selling the whole package (letters, manuals, diploma, etc). You can white out the name on the diploma and make a copy. Or post on this forum that you want a zerox copy of the diploma. Maybe someone will zerox theirs and mail it to you. Mine is damaged from acid that I splashed on it years ago. Good luck.