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Congrats, Winter Class of 2015!

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In March of 2015, 7 enthusiastic taxidermy students graduated from the Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy in Spirit Lake, Iowa. These students were instructed in several taxidermy techniques encompassing gameheads, fish, birds, mammals, habitats and much, much more! The wide variety of work produced by these individuals showed creativity, accuracy and neatness and were some of the best pieces you could ask for from beginning taxidermists. Many impressive works of art returned home with them to fill their showrooms. These graduates will soon learn the rewards of working at a job they love! We hope to see you at your state taxidermy association competitions and conventions!

From all of us at the Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy, we say congratulations and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

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The Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy is now in week 9 of the 2015 winter session. School began January 5th with trophy care, skinning and prepping the deer and elk capes the students would be later mounting. A total of 7 students were guided through the tedious fleshing process and learned the meaning of “thin to win”. A few holes were accidentally incurred either with a knife or the fleshing machine, but how will they ever learn to repair damaged pelts without first making a hole. Once fleshed, it was on to the tanning process and then to mounting.

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Then it was on to fish… Students were instructed in making a pattern of the trophy, body carving, skinning and mounting the fish. With the aid of Tom, Amber and guest instructor Jimmy Lawrence, an extremely nice assortment of perch, bass, walleye, northern and trout were mounted. Once dry, the students set eyes, reinforced fins and made repairs.Week 8 featured extensive airbrush training and then on to painting.

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Last week was also bird week and students were introduced to bird taxidermy methods. Most began with pheasants: skinning, fleshing and washing. On Monday we began assembling their birds and posing them. Many discovered just how fragile bird skin is compared to their mammals.

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We are into mammals and finish work as this week winds down. With the aid of meticulous instruction and encouragement, this class has successfully mounted some of the finest whitetail, mule deer and elk mounts any beginner could ever ask for. Students are getting frantic to get their work done and some real nice mounts are coming together. It’s amazing what a little pressure can accomplish.

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Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy

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In March of 2014, 8 enthusiastic taxidermy students graduated from the Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy in Spirit Lake, Iowa. These students were instructed in several taxidermy techniques encompassing game heads, fish, birds, mammals, habitats and much, much more. The wide variety of work produced by these individuals showed creativity, accuracy and neatness. Many impressive works of art returned home with them to fill their showrooms. These graduates will soon learn the rewards of working at a job they love!

From all of us at the Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy, we say congratulations and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!