Welcome to NORTHEAST SCHOOL OF TAXIDERMY
I'd first like to chat
with people on the phone, before I send a lot of
information to be sure that you are seriously interested in
a course . I have lots of questions for you as well. I find it is
much easier to explain details by phone than thru e-mails
, as well .
I ask that you please send me your phone number so I can call you to go over the finer points of the variety of choices . Then, hopefully we can Plan a course to MEET you needs? Questions asked by me are…
Where are you from?
Do you have any past experience in doing any Taxidermy or skinning of animals?
Do you have any past experience in using any hand tools , sharp knives etc. ? Are you Patient with things that take LONG hours , with finer details etc.
What areas of taxidermy are you most interested in?
How much time can you devote for a course?
What is your financial situation as to paying for a course?
How SERIOUS are you
in doing this etc. ?
One does need basic manual Dexterity but not a lot of artistic talent, it helps, but with good reference & proper training , most people can do decent taxidermy !
I offer over 36 different courses and I give and train from one to three students at a time . All courses are set up by Special appointment to meet the students and my agreement. Most courses are hands on, where the students do their own mounts and take them home to keep . I do a number of demonstrations as well.
require long hours and sometimes days completing and this is
all flexible. Students and I usually work as many hours in a day
that we can stand and as many days in a week also . THIS
is all Flexible, there is NO particular schedule! It is ALL by
mutual agreement, Everyone can work at their own pace !
Some people have to break up their course in segments due to health, family or work related constraints . I try to work with them, if this is the case.
Anyone can take a course in ALL areas of Taxidermy ( birds, fish, mammals & gameheads as well as fur rugs & novelty taxidermy ). I have three courses for this . Different lengths & costs with a variety of techniques taught for each. The longer the course, the MORE is covered.
I can explain more about
this by phone. But basically these are approximately 4, 6 & 8
weeks long completing 7, 11 & 17 mounts . Prices run from $
8500.00 to $10,500.00 to $15000.00 for these intense courses
I also have many other separate courses covering various types of taxidermy ( just gameheads, or just birds, or just Mammals life-size, fish etc. Fur...rugs.... Again, there are a varietyof choices for these as well, again, covering more techniques in the longer courses and at a greater price .
To see the brochures that I feel are most important for you to know....please click here
YOU WILL, if serious ,
Get all the help from me in choosing a course to met your
needs IN contents & PRICE . I do all I can to try to
fit everyone with something to help them get started.
I even have demonstration type courses for anyone who feels they cannot afford the hands on - take home mounts courses. This is where you can watch me do mounts and even help me - by doing some hands on here in the shop on clients mounts. I can explain more on the phone about this. These of course are much less costly as one doesn't take home any mounts usually . Then, if they decide to come back to do a course of ALL Hands ON then the cost of the demonstration course is credited toward the hands on course!
I do cover Business information in all of my courses related to taxidermy, prices and collecting monies through their prospective business. I also give students supply contacts, catalogs and formulas that I have used over the years that have worked well for me. Every student that completes the courses will also receive a nice Certificate to frame on their wall showing all prospective clients bringing in their mounts that you have indeed completed the hours needed to graduate from an accredited school of taxidermy. I am available to students after a course for technical support as well .
Most course include everything (specimens, supplies, tools used and room and board. A furnished apartment is on location and made available to students. If someone wants to arrange to stay elsewhere, this also can be arranged prior to the beginning of the course.
Same holds true when it comes to supplying your own specimens and supplies to reduce the cost of the course for some what less monies. I hedge on this a bit as sometimes their specimens or materials are NOT what I think are the right choices.
As you can see, There is a lot to cover in just explaining all this & I am sure their is a lot more things I did not cover here yet.
If after reading this far, you think you might be wanting to do anything in the Gameheads area this coming year, PLEASE try to acquire two too three un-skinned white-tailed deer heads . By this I mean one Doe head and two bucks. The antlers do NOT have to be large.
Any legal buck would do. Ones with smaller antlers will take up less space in the freezer etc.
ALL three should be CUT all
the way around the deer behind the front legs. The skin then can
be Peeled down and over the shoulders and neck as close to
the ears as possible. If a large piece of neck is left in
the skin… NO Problem. In fact this is where most clients and
butchers do and what causes the most problem for taxidermists. This
leads to having difficulties doing the proper
short incision skinning process. After this is completed,
triple wrap all this in plastic and freeze it.
This is very helpful, so we can teach you the BEST training possible on the various skinning procedures. There are several (open incision & Short incision) cuts . Short hair, early season ( bow * muzzle loader season kills ) are not recommended cut all the way down the back of the neck .
These procedures are much easier for Beginners to understand if done hands on rather than by demo or videos! I do not ever have enough extra un-skinned heads for students , thus the Pre-planning helps. The students don’t necessarily mount these heads BUT can, or take them home for later practice.
Thanks & I hope I can spend some quality time training you in the near future .
Any education is for LIFE & usually worth more than the cost IF someone uses it ! Hands on instruction , in private (one on one) or in very small class environment should save anyone Many Years of learning from books & videos & all the Trial & error years of Total frustrations ! .
Yours in Quality Education, the Personal - Private Way .
With a Personality and a
Owner- instructor of
Larry's Taxidermy Studio &
Northeast School of Taxidermy