A MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
The question I get asked most often by prospective students is, “Can I really learn much about taxidermy in only four weeks?” The answer is YES, it’s possible to gain a good working knowledge and understanding of taxidermy, as well as cover enough material in 4 weeks to allow you to open a shop and start making money at it. And that’s exactly what most of our graduates do!
But let’s be realistic here.
Some taxidermy schools have curriculums that last up to nine months. Do you want to spend nine (9) months and many thousands of dollars studying anatomy, form making, tanning and taking tests? Or do you want to learn a good working knowledge of taxidermy and open your door for business and start recouping your investment?
Taxidermy may include tanning, sculpting, molding, and casting your own forms. These are areas you may want to explore at some point, but they are not necessary tools you need to open for business.
Most successful commercial taxidermists do not employ these techniques, they are too busy doing taxidermy to tan their own hides, and/or sculpt their own forms.
Every industry sub-contracts for some part of their work. The mechanic who works on your car does tune ups, brake work, etc. but he doesn’t manufacture the parts he uses.
He’s too busy doing what he does best and earning a living at it.
Time is money!
Why spend your valuable time tanning and shaving hides when there are good commercial tanneries out there? Why cast and sculpt your own forms when you can order them from a catalog? In the time it takes to self-tan a hide and create your own form, you could have done a dozen mounts and be paying the bills.
Another comment I’ve heard often is “The best way to learn taxidermy is with one on one instruction.” That may be fine if you’re interested in learning one aspect of taxidermy such as Whitetail Deer heads, for example.
I believe that the more options, recipes, problems and solutions that you are exposed to, the better off you will be when you’re out on your own. Being in a class with five other students who are doing mounts that are different than yours is going to expose you to infinitely more options. I have asked dozens of former students who have their own taxidermy businesses if they thought that they would have learned more with a one on one instructor.
All of them believe that their exposure to such a broad spectrum of options was a huge factor in their success.
There are more and more taxidermists around the country that are trying to cash in by offering specialty training. That is, workshops and seminars in specific areas of taxidermy. Training in specific areas of taxidermy such as game heads, or birds, or fish, etc. is fine if you’re interested in specializing in that one area.
If you want to go into taxidermy as a full service business, then it’s best to attend a full curriculum school, absorb as much general knowledge as you can, and then later attend a seminar or workshop on specific areas to fine tune your skills if needed.
Remember that not everyone offering training is necessarily qualified to teach, so it’s up to you to do your homework. Choose a school with a good track record, and a good number of years in business.
Second Nature School of Taxidermy is not merely a “taxidermy workshop” or “taxidermy seminar”, but a real Taxidermy School committed to doing the best we can for you!
We not only teach you step by step, practical techniques, we also concentrate on the artistic aspect of the industry. Let us teach you the art of creating beautiful mounts and habitat scenes that will have your customers coming back for more!
Sincerely,Bill Dishman, Founder