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.
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.
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)
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.