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Old 10-15-2008, 06:57 PM
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First i would like to say that after going through alot of these threads i must say that this forum has some really tallented taxidermist.

second i was curious how you get started learning this art.
i would really like to learn it and am very good with my hands but have no idea how to get started.

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Old 10-15-2008, 07:17 PM
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I pretty much taught myself. Eventually I'd like to get formal schooling and work with another taxidermist on perfecting eyes, muscles, etc. but for now I learn by experience. Start with a few small animals, squirrels, etc. with some kits from Wasco or Van Dykes to see if its for you. They sell videos, books, etc. in addition to anything else you might need.
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:22 PM
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just got done checking out wasco's website thank you so much for the info and a squirrel sounds great to try my hand at it. at least you wont be upset if you ruin a squirrel hide.

but i have one question the kits say they come with instructions. now i imagine the hardest part of taxidermy is getting the hide off with in one piece. now do the instructions show you the right way to do this or do i need another source of instructions.
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Old 10-16-2008, 06:37 AM
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They should walk you through it pretty easily, but if you need more help just google "skinning a squirrel" and you should come up with quite a few step-by-steps.
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Old 10-16-2008, 08:01 PM
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I have a bunch of videos I could sell you.

Let me know.
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Old 10-17-2008, 06:38 AM
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Check out http://www.taxidermy.net they have begining sections and any thing you need for taxidermy. Don't just go there and ask. Look around and use the search options before you ask a question that has been asked over and over. Good Luck. Rich
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:51 AM
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thanks for all the replies so far. also i would like to know how you guys got your start also and how long you have been doing this also.

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Old 10-17-2008, 12:46 PM
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Self taught 38 years ago
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