Modelling, casting and other techniques

Taxidermy – a rabbit with Tonja Grung

Ref: SWE09652

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About this course

Learn how to skin a rabbit, flesh and prep the skin for mounting, build the body and pose your taxidermy on a mount of your choice.

Course Description

Throughout this course you will be taught traditional taxidermy techniques. On the first night you will learn anatomy, decide on pose and carve the skull.

After an introduction to the process and the animal, you will learn how to skin your rabbit, and learn about the other types of mammal skinning. You will then flesh and prepare the skin for mounting using pickling and tanning techniques. The tutor will discuss the anatomy of the rabbit in relation to the pose of your taxidermy. Then you will learn how to build the body, and skull carving.

By the end of the course you will have completed a mounted taxidermy rabbit, and gained enough knowledge to continue to perform taxidermy at home with other mammals.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The cost of providing all materials including a rabbit.

What students need to bring

  • Apron.
  • Please can you bring a visual reference of a real rabbit pose, and an object on which to mount your rabbit, for example a rock or a tree stump.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Notebook and pen


Tonja Grung

Tonja Grung has studied and worked in rural science, art and design, education, furniture and structural welding. She now works as a full time and professional taxidermist in London on commissions ranging from a chameleon to a pelican.

Tonja also works on collaborations, private and commercial collections for education, museums and the film industry.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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