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Christmas Gift Tool Kit

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Andrew Reynolds, Dec 10, 2019.

  1. Andrew Reynolds

    Andrew Reynolds New Member

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    Hello,

    I am searching for a decent to good beginner toolkit to give as a gift. I am in no way, shape or form familiar with taxidermy, other than what I've read in these forums. I am really on the hunt for something impressive, I don't mind spending the money on a couple of essentials rather than a full kit. She is currently apprenticing, but borrowing everything. I am seeing one for sale on Etsy that looks promising:

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/525532034/taxidermy-preparation-kit-for?ref=reviews

    Also, this one that I was leaning towards:
    https://www.freetaxidermyschool.com/tools-kits/tool-boxes/whitetail

    My only reservation is I don't exactly trust this "Free Taxidermy School." I don't think it looks like a scam necessarily, I just see that they haven't updated their website in close to a decade.

    Thank you so much for any and all help!!!
     
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  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    If it isn't a surprise, ask her what she wants or needs and go from there.
     

  3. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    The etsy kit is a general biology dissecting kit.
    Van Dyke's sells a beginners kit that is specific to taxidermy:
    https://www.vandykestaxidermy.com/K7119-P4790.aspx

    I started with one like this over 50 years ago. Is she working on gameheads or mainly birds and mammals? If you could find out that would help us make suggestions. Joe
     
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  4. Andrew Reynolds

    Andrew Reynolds New Member

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    I would prefer it to be a surprise, but if there is no way around it. The problem is, I have a feeling she doesn't really know about superior brands etc.
     
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  5. Andrew Reynolds

    Andrew Reynolds New Member

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    This is perfect! They have her working on fish right now, but I know she has done heads and a full squirrel on her own. I really like the price of the kit you suggested, I actually have a bit more budgeted out if there is something key or essential that this kit is missing.
     
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  6. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    If you order the kit request their free catalog. It shows thousands of taxidermy tools, chemicals and other products. This way she can start generating a wish list. Van Dyke's also has gift certificates. If you call to order the kit, the girls there are very helpful and might make suggestions.
    P.S. I have a spare catalog in my shop toilet since that is where i do my best thinking...
     
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  7. Andrew Reynolds

    Andrew Reynolds New Member

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    Thank you so much for your help!
     
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  8. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    There you go, just about everything we do has to be taken apart first, that kit is a good start for that. I would add nitrile gloves, her size and a blood resistant apron and possibly an electric rotary tool.
     
  9. msestak

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    ask the person she is apprenticing under to give you a list of what she needs. then post it here and others can add to it if they feel anything is missing.
     
  10. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    FYI, the free taxidermy school you mentioned is legit. It is TASCO taxidermy supply.
     
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  11. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

  12. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    A gift certificate is the best way to go in my opinion. Let the receiver decide which tools they want.

    I would hate it I wanted a mechanics tool set and my wife picked it out and gave it to me as a gift. I would be endowed to keep it like it or not.
     
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