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Discussion in 'Training' started by Randy Hamson, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. Randy Hamson

    Randy Hamson New Member

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    Class Schedule change
    We will be combining the scheduled July Class and September class...the new date will be August 4th through August 29th.
    Two positions are still available for this time frame. Feel free to call me at 320-749-2128 or email at [email protected]

    Randy Hamson
    Stoney Hills School of Taxidermy
     
  2. I attended the April 2008 class at Stoney Hills. I've been wanting to attend a taxidermy school most of my life and after 32 years in the military I was finally able to attend. I did a lot of research and finally chose Stoney Hills. What a great choice! I learned more about the art of taxidermy in 30 days than I thought possible. Every aspect of the class is extremely informative. I was amazed how fast each day seemed to go. I highly recommend Stoney Hills to anyone looking for a great taxidermy school. If anyone is looking for references Randy you can sure have them contact me. Thank you very much for the great experience.

    Rob Severance
     

  3. Bart

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    To all aspiring Taxidermists, My name is Bart Harrison and I just recently completed Randy Hamson's 4 week taxidermy class. For many years I had been wanting to learn taxidermy. I knew nothing about taxidermy prior to attending Randy's school and left with 8 museum quality specimens! Each of my 8 specimens were of instructor quality and in my opinion could be award winning! Randy is a perfectionist,the instruction is at all times 1 on 1, and the setting is a relaxed one. To know nothing of taxidermy and leave after 4 weeks with museum quality specimens speaks volumes about this great school! As beautiful as the pictures look of my mounts--they look even more beautiful in person! Sincerely, Bart Harrison,New York
     
  4. Randy Hamson

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    Thanks Bart and Rob, it was a pleasure working with both of you. Let me know if I can be of any help in the future!
    Bart, please give me a call, I have something that you forgot..Thanks again!!!

    The following is a photo of April 2006 class and the projects completed...The students are: Joe Achman, Lonnie Hutchinson and Al Epling all of Minnesota.
     
  5. Randy Hamson

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    Here are some fun times with Jon Marrioqiun in June of 2007...we will be working with Jon on an apprenticeship program later this summer...looking forward to seeing and working together again!!! If anyone has any questions about our apprenticeships, feel free to call.


    Randy Hamson
    Stoney Hills School of Taxidermy
    320-749-2128
     
  6. Randy Hamson

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    Pictures of Students in our August 2008 class...Pat from Indiana and Frances from southern Minnesota.
    Pat is Fleshing Coyote for rug and Stan our Bird instructor is reviewing bird information. I will be posting photos of finished specimens at the end of the month.

    Best Regards
    Randy Hamson
     
  7. Randy Hamson

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    Congratulations to Pat Caudill from Indiana. Pat did an excellent job with all of his mounts. I really look forward to seeing you compete in the comming years. Pat feel free to call anytime with questions or to talk shop. Again great job!!

    Best Regards
    Randy Hamson
    Stoney Hills School of Taxidermy
    www.stoneyhills.com
    320-749-2128
     
  8. pcaudill

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    I recently completed the 4 week taxidermy training program at Stoney Hills School of Taxidermy in Cushing, Minnesota. I would strongly recommend anyone interested in acquiring the skills necessary to become a successful taxidermist give Randy Hamson a call. Randy and his staff go out of their way to make sure you understand the principles and applications used in the field of taxidermy. Like most potential students, I went into the training with a very limited knowledge of taxidermy, but left Stoney Hills with the confidence and ability to start my own studio which I have already done since completing the training course less than a month ago. If anyone has any questions regarding the Stoney Hills Taxidermy School, please feel free to give me a call at 812-350-2851.

    Pat Caudill
    Big Creek Taxidermy
    Columbus, Indiana
     
  9. JHopper

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    One year later I have finally got on this posting. I am Jeff Hopper. I received my training from Randy at Stoneyhills. The school experience was great for me because of the one on one experience. Randy pays close attention to what is going to make your animals stand out from the others. I liked the fact that Randy brought in "specialist" in the fish and bird industry to add to the class. The facilities are great for the school and not too bad of a vacation from Texas.

    One year later, I have opened my own business and it has been running for a year. Things are getting easier, but I felt like I was prepared enough from the school to start on my own. Even now, Randy is available for questions. I recommend this school to all who are wanting to be trained in taxidermy, you wont regret it.

    Jeff Hopper
     
  10. Gunner Dan

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    Hi Randy,

    Thank you for the assistance with the cat. Still having fun and appreciate learning from you. Hope all is well.

    Dan Kruchowski
     
  11. huntin_justin

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    Randy, just so you know your website does not work
     
  12. country-captn

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    Hey, I'm down from alaska again for my fourth year working with Stoney Hills School of Taxidermy. I cant say enough on how much a guy learns taking a class with an experienced taxidermist, I have really jump started my taxidermy carear. This winter I have mounted about 15 black bears and a few brown bears and also a few other projects. It has been a blast! We are in the middle of another class at Stoney Hills. Its always fun getting to meet new people interested in the same carear. Just thought I try and encourage anyone thinking about taking a class that theres no better way to go!
    The key to finding a good school are: Having a good student / teacher ratio. I know of a few schools that pile a ton of students in with 1 or 2 instructors and everyones looking at each other wondering what to do. Having an experienced and talented taxidermist as an instructor. Theses are things I know from experience that Stoney Hills School of Taxidermy will not be an issue for any student. Theres nothing to lose in taking a class if your interested in taxidermy, you will come out of the class with the knowledge on how to proceed in a taxidermy carear and you will have the pieces you need for your show room.
    Ps...at the end of Winter I will post pictures of projects that I have completed!
    Again, you will not find a more dedicated group of instructors than Stoney Hills School of Taxidermy
    Morgan
    email or call me at [email protected] or 907-399-3180
     
  13. Randy Hamson

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    I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the following student for completing our 4 week taxidermy training program!
    Tim Spychalla, David Diederich of Minnesota and Dan Oldman of North Dakota.
    As always, it was a pleasure working with you guys and look forward to seeing future work from all of you.
    In the next couple of days I will be posting close ups of your mounts, they all look awsome. Great job!
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    Best Regards
    Randy Hamson
    Stoney Hills School of Taxidermy
     
  14. smoke11402

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    I just wanted to thank Randy for the highest quality of instruction in the art of taxidermy that you could ask for. Randy is a Master taxidermist in a league of his own. If you want to learn from the best and come out with high quality specimens, you need to attend Stoney Hills Taxidermy School. You get one-on-one instruction, instruction to set you apart from your competitors. Stoney Hills will make you a better taxidermist than you ever thought imagineable. You will not find a place with a better atmosphere, working conditions, or amentities than Stoney Hills. One of the best investments i've made, and I know I wouldn't have learned what I did anywhere else! Thanks again to Randy, Stan, Rob, Joe & Morgan. It was a pleasure! Dan Oldham- Crosshairs Taxidermy, Fargo, ND
     
  15. Randy Hamson

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    Hi Dan
    Thanks for the great review, its always my pleasure. I will pass your kind words on to the crew. You have many new skills to continue to develope, I look forward to seeing you future successes! Here are a few of your finished project photos. Keep in touch!

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    Best Regards
    Randy Hamson
    Stoney Hills School of Taxidermy
     
  16. country-captn

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    Heres two close up bear pics that I recently finished working with Stoney Hills School of Taxidermy.

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  17. Randy Hamson

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    The following photos are of Tim Spychalla and some of the mounts he completed during our class in February

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    Great job and best of luck Tim!

    Randy Hamson
    Stoney Hills School of Taxidermy
    www.stoneyhills.com
     
  18. Randy Hamson

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    The following photos are of David Diederich,Mn. Great job and look forward to your future work!

    Best Regards
    Randy Hamson
    email: [email protected]
    Web: www.stoneyhills.com
    Phone: 320-749-2128

    It was a great class in February and will be starting another class Arpril 6th. We still have openings for our April class if anyone is interested. The students in this last class ran the total value of mounts done during February and had they came up with a value of over $12,000.00 had they paid our fees on price list, not a bad investment!

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  19. spud2

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    Hi Randy, Well I just got back from the state wrestling tournament, I know alot of people look at this site, I was looking for a sign for my front yard from a guy from Pennsylvania,that does taxidermy to, and he seen the pictures on the site and said they look really good, I've been to a few other schools in the last several years, but by far this has been the best, I learned alot of new ways to improve myself, Randy is an excellent teacher, and keeps you busy from the time you walk into the door, and until you go home, I would like to thank you Randy and your staff for giving me a chance to learn from you's, I would reccommend this school to anyone that is interested in taxidermy, if anyone needs a reference, my name is Tim Spychalla,Browerville MN, 320-594-2230
     
  20. Randy Hamson

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    Hey...thanks Tim for the great review. It truly is a pleasure sharing such a wonderfully trade to all aspiring taxidermists.
    Over the last 20 years or so, one may at times question what else is there besides being a wildlife artist and to answer that, I feel very fortunate to be given this opportunity in such a fascinating career and to top that off by sharing it with upcoming artist of the craft!

    Best of Luck to all apiring taxidermists!

    Randy Hamson
    Stoney Hills School of Taxidermy

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