Mickey Alice Kwapis

taxidermy & craft

San Jose Taxidermy Workshop - Squirrels with Advanced Techniques - Make a Deposit

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San Jose Taxidermy Workshop - Squirrels with Advanced Techniques - Make a Deposit


Join us at a private home in San Jose, California and learn how to create your own beautiful taxidermy mount of asquirrel (red, grey, or fox depending on availability) under the guidance of a professional! In this one-day workshop lasting approximately four hours, I will guide students through taxidermy techniques a bit more advanced than my beginners’ classes, including preparing a tanned hide for taxidermy, modifying a commercial taxidermy form, mounting the squirrel, and finishing touches. No experience is necessary, this is simply listed as an “advanced” class to give current students a chance to expand their repertoire. The total cost is $275 (discounts available, read more below). This listing is for a $150 deposit, and the balance will be paid in cash.



What’s happening?
Each student will be provided with a sustainably-sourced squirrel hide, which has already been removed from the carcass and tanned, and all of the materials to mount it. No animals were killed for the sake of the art. The squirrel class is limited to ten students each and will focus on the finishing touches of taxidermy rather than a snapshot of the whole process. We will use a variety of professional materials including a commercial taxidermy form to create unique and display-worthy mounts that, with proper care, will last for generations. There will be several poses to choose from, but if you have a special request (sitting, climbing, etc.) please write it in the notes when you make your deposit so we have time to make accommodations. This is a great class for beginners and advanced students alike, because it focuses on a different skillset than other taxidermy classes you may have taken with me or another instructor.
Taxidermy is an age-old craft with roots in the arts and the sciences. Its applications are not only useful in home decor for hunters, but in museums and scientific collections around the world. Aside from Chuck Testa, other famous taxidermists include Charles Darwin and even Teddy Roosevelt. Follow in their footsteps and preserve a piece of nature for yourself.

What do I leave with?
Each student will leave with a finished taxidermied squirrel mount, knowledge for aftercare, and the know-how to mount other small mammals on their own. Tanned hides are readily available for future taxidermy projects and students will also receive a list of suppliers and materials needed in order to procure supplies for future projects.

When and where?
The class will be taking place on Sunday, October 22nd from 11 am to 2 or 3 pm depending on how fast students work. The location is a private home with a very large work space, graciously offered up by a returning student. The address is private and will be shared with registered students several days before the event.

If you are interested in carpooling from San Francisco or Oakland with other students, please email me and I will put you in touch with each other. This applies to people who are driving a carpool or are seeking a ride.

Can I get a discount?
•Returning students from ANY of my previous classes in San Jose, San Francisco, or Oakland will receive $25 off their balance, including the first day of class if they sign up for multiple classes. Please include a note at checkout and I will cross-reference my rosters from previous classes.
•Students who sign up as a couple, multiple friends, or as a family will receive $25 off their balance per person after the first •person. Please include a note at checkout.
•Students who sign up for multiple classes will receive $25 off their balance per class after the first class. You can see a list of other taxidermy classes here.
•These discounts cannot be combined. If you do not understand how the discounts work, please don't hesitate to contact me!

•Please, no students under 16 allowed without advance permission. Students under 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign a liability waiver before the class begins.
•Students with disabilities or other special needs are more than welcome. Please let me know ahead of time, in the notes at checkout, if accommodations are required.
•Deposits are nonrefundable unless the class gets cancelled. If you make a deposit but find you can no longer attend the class, you may forfeit your deposit or transfer it to another person if you desire. Please notify me of any transfers or ask any questions you may have by emailing hello@mickeyalicekwapis.com
•If you can no longer attend, please let me know ASAP so we don’t order extra squirrels. If you notify me with enough time and I am able to fill your spot, you may qualify for a partial refund of your deposit.

How to sign up:
•Click “sign up” near the top of this listing to add the item to your cart. Fill out the form that pops up.
•Navigate to your cart when you are ready to check out. Your reservation is not confirmed until you finish checking out with your credit card. Make sure to check your spam folder for your receipt if you do not see it after ten minutes. If you have not received a confirmation after 24 hours, please contact me to double-check that your order went through.
•Your $150 deposit is due online now and guarantees your reservation. The remainder will be paid in cash on the day of your class, and you will receive a reminder about the balance you owe the week of the class.

Mickey Alice Kwapis is a Chicago-based taxidermist, jeweler, and person who does a lot of stuff. All site content ©2011-2017 Mickey Alice Kwapis and Niche Lab LLC. Questions? Use the contact form.