Hey G2, Welcome to learning the hardest job you will ever love. And you must love it for it is hard work, reference study, practice and heaps of mistakes along the way to learn the trade, but the rewards make it all worth while. To get started first and for most you have to make up you mind you want to learn and stick with it. To make up your mind get real friendly with a taxidermist in your area and ask to help out. You will start out with the lowest of jobs and gradually build up to the harder things as you progress. Remember the lowest job will be all yours when you are on your own so dont' take offence, just watch, listen and learn. Watch and ask questions when the taxidermist is working. But he may not show you everything for we all have our trade secrets and remember....You will be his competition later on. Many won't teach you just for that very reason.
There are schools you can apply to and take short courses. But they are hurried and many leave confused as ever and set back in the wallet quite a bit. I started by watching for 2 deer seasons with a taxidermsit near me. No hands on, just watch and ask questions. (You don't trust a rookie with one of a kind head skins till they have been there awhile and you absolutely know what to do and he trusts you not to cut it up...) Then afterwards I was hungry for more knowledge and the fever to make myself the best. I joined my state taxidermsit association and went to seminars and learned more. I ordered videos, books, subscribed to taxidermy magizines and researched the library for anything taxidermy. In my fourth year of business I started fish and turkeys. I waited till I mastered mammals before I changed directions, plus it called for a whole new set of tools that had to come out of business profits. Email me if you want any info and I will give you business names, 1-800 phone #'s for taxidermy supply books. CrystalMcPhedran@hotmail.com In the meantime add this link to your favorites. [ftp]http://www.taxidermy.net/forums/[/ftp] It has a wealth of infomation and a place to ask questions. Also read all the archives.....they are years old and you can follow the progress taxidermy has come to. If you don't stay up with the lasted technology that changes yearly....You can get left behind doing things the OLD way and theres a more modern way the customer wants and demands. Hope this points you down the right path G2.....Hope to hear more from you.
thank you very much crystalNZ i dont know any of the taxidermists around here yet... but hopefully i can somehow find a way to get someone to teach me a little something i might have to take a short class or something to get started but thanks a lot for your info
Yes, Deerslayer.......... to further my studies in wildlife species around the world. But in the meantime, I have married and moved here for good where my husband and myself have a thriving taxidermy business.
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