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Taxidermy Education #2522621 08/22/11 01:27 AM
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Hi All,

I have been thinking about going to one of the schools to learn taxidermy. Any recommendations? Was thinking of starting on a two week type course just for basics? As an alternative I would also be interested in taking lessons from a local (San Antonio area) taxidermist if someone was interested in training. Would be interested in what you would charge?
Thanks for any information.
Jayson


Re: Taxidermy Education [Re: JakeinTX] #2522724 08/22/11 01:58 AM
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Jake, post this question over at taxidermy.net and you'll get pretty much the same responce over there. The best way is to find someone that will work you as an apprentice, and learn from otjt. If you can't make that work then find you the best videos you can get your hands on and join your state association and attend every seminar and training you can. And get you some animals and start practicing. Then if none of those work for you go to one of the schools get you some basic training, then go back to #1 and start doing taxidermy. After have said all that I went to Central Texas School of Taxidermy for the 6 week course. Then I joined the TTA I am still making every siminar I can and go to as much training as I can work in or can afford. It took about 3 years of mounting my own stuff and all I could talk friends and family into before I felt comfortable enough to take in customer work. After all that I still have my "bad hair" days.


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Originally Posted By: 4K outdoors and taxidermy
Jake, post this question over at taxidermy.net and you'll get pretty much the same responce over there. The best way is to find someone that will work you as an apprentice, and learn from otjt. If you can't make that work then find you the best videos you can get your hands on and join your state association and attend every seminar and training you can. And get you some animals and start practicing. Then if none of those work for you go to one of the schools get you some basic training, then go back to #1 and start doing taxidermy. After have said all that I went to Central Texas School of Taxidermy for the 6 week course. Then I joined the TTA I am still making every siminar I can and go to as much training as I can work in or can afford. It took about 3 years of mounting my own stuff and all I could talk friends and family into before I felt comfortable enough to take in customer work. After all that I still have my "bad hair" days.


Yep he pretty much nailed it! The schools tend to give you the basics, but not enough to take in work. One on one training is the best. Good luck



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Thats for the feedback. Yes, I have been reading over at taxidermy.net. I am going to join TTA and see where it goes from there.

Thanks!!!
Jayson


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welcome Jake to the wonderful world of taxidermy. Glad you are joining the TTAI. Hope to see you in San Angelo next year. Everyone here gave you very good advice. Follow it and don't rush into opening your own shop. Nothing ruins ones reputation more then shabby customer work and it takes years to get really good at this. Learn all you can first and you'll be doing fine. up



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