Interested in learning the art of taxidermy? 30-year career taxidermist, Tom Mirabile, offers beginner taxidermy courses which will teach you the foundations of a lifelike mount. These 40 hour courses take place over one week and allow you to learn 1:1 alongside Tom. Each course includes a specimen to take home.
This course will take your bird taxidermy to the next level by walking you through our process step by step. You'll learn the proper technique to skin, flesh & wash a bird; obtain hands on instruction for mounting the bird from trial fitting to finish work & create a natural looking habitat to display you finished piece.
This course will show you our secrets for a lifelike mount -- hint, it's all about the details. You'll learn the best way to handle the hide once it returns from the tannery; form selection; our best tips for mounting the deer from trial fitting to detailed finish work & create a natural looking habitat to display your finished shoulder mount.
This course will dig into one of the most profitable areas of taxidermy - mammals. You'll learn to prepare the tanned skin for mounting; our secrets of mounting mammals and create a natural looking habitat to display your finished lifesize mammal. Specimen provided for this course is either a red fox or a raccoon.
This course will teach you the secret to fish taxidermy -- proper color blending. During this course you'll learn airbrush principals; preparation for reproduction blanks; hand painting & create a natural looking habitat to display your finished fish.
Courses are offered from June to August and spaces are limited.
Register below or contact me directly to reserve your spot.
Once your spot is confirmed we will separately arrange payments.
We accept all major credit cards, cash or check for cost of enrollment.
Courses take place over the course of a week.
There are several hotels within 5 miles of Mirabile Taxidermy.
Lunch is included each day.
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“I was fortunate enough to take the full Mirabile Taxidermy course with Tom. I couldn’t be happier with what I learned and am still learning from him. I was confident enough from what I learned to start my own business right out of the course. What’s great is even though I’m finished with his course he is still willing to help, guide or answer my many questions! I would highly recommend his course or even individual classes if you’re looking to learn from a master taxidermist!”