January 4th began the 2016 Winter Class at the Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy. Week one, students were instructed and then practiced proven skinning and fleshing techniques. The secret to tanning and excellent taxidermy work begins with proper fleshing. 5 ladies and 7 men from across the country are learning just how involved being a taxidermist is. On day one they were told that in order to be a good taxidermist, they will need to learn and perfect tanning, sculpting, painting, beautifying hair and fur, art composition, business and the list goes on and on. Few other businesses encompass such a wide array of talents as does the taxidermy industry. As we enter week two, students will complete their skinning and tanning and mid-week will find them beginning fish taxidermy.