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If you want to learnabout the art of taxidermy, there are many choices available to fit anybudget. In the not-too-distant past, taxidermy procedures were closelyheld secrets which could only be learned through long apprenticeships instudios or museums. Today, there is a wide variety of training availablefor aspiring taxidermists. The art of taxidermy incorporates many crafts,such as carpentry, woodworking, tanning, molding and casting; but it alsorequires artistic talent, including the art of sculpture, painting anddrawing. The following categories contain links to dozens of sources fortaxidermy information and training.

Taxidermy schoolsoffer full-time structured academic training with both classroom and labwork. Schools present the best option for learning all aspects of taxidermyin a hands-on environment. Depending upon the curriculum, complete taxidermycourses may run from six weeks to several semesters. Clickhere for a listing of taxidermy schools.

Taxidermy workshopsare shorter in length (usually a few days), intense training sessions withworld-class taxidermists and fish carvers. The training is excellent, withone-on-one supervision and attention. Some workshops will accept beginners,but most are primarily for experienced taxidermists and wildlife artistswishing to learn more about a particular aspect of their art. Clickhere for a listing of taxidemy and fish carving workshops.

If you want anexcellent way to learn more than you though possible in a few short days,make a date to attend a taxidermy convention in your area. You'll see examplesof innovative, artistic taxidermy work in the competition, learn aboutnew techniques in the seminars, and enjoy the fellowship of meeting newfriends with similar interests. Attending a convention is the bestway to see what the world of taxidermy is all about. Clickhere for a listing of upcoming taxidemy conventions.

There are severalcurrent periodicals published exclusively for the taxidermy industry. Thesemagazines are beneficial to full-time professional taxidermists, as wellas those who have an interest in learning about the world of taxidermy.Because of their specialized nature, they are available only on a mailsubscription basis (you won't find them on retail magazine racks). Thesemagazines cover the latest in taxidermy technology, new products, associationsand conventions, and feature many step-by-step articles explaining taxidermyprocedures. Click here for alisting of taxidemy magazines.

Over 2000 pagesof in-depth taxidermy instruction is available in the Breakthrough WildlifeArtist Manual series. These twelve books contain everything you need toknow to create world-class taxidermy. All step-by-step procedures are explainedin easy-to-understand language with hundreds of clear photos and diagramsto guide you along. Breakthrough Manuals are written by the top expertsin their field and are widely hailed as the most helpful and informativebooks ever published about taxidermy. Clickhere for a listing of taxidemy books.

An inexpensiveway to get a start in learning taxidermy is with a beginner's home studycourse. The Serious Sportsman Taxidermy for Beginner's Course costs only$19.95, yet it contains fully illustrated instruction for everyting youneed to know to get started in taxidermy. Seven booklets take you through29 lessons. The easy-to-understand text is accompanied by over 800 photosand diagrams showing every step of each procedure. Thousands have gottentheir start in taxidermy with these informative booklets. Clickhere for more information.

Hundreds of hoursof demonstrations are available through taxidermy instructional videotapes.Videotapes are offered for both beginning and advanced taxidermy techniqueson a wide variety of taxidermy techniques. Most tapes are approximatelytwo hours in length and cover one specific subject. Beginning taxidermistscan learn with the Serious Sportsman Taxidermy for Beginners series ofsix two-hour videos covering a variety of subjects. Clickhere for a listing of taxidemy videos.

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