Mammal Skinning, Tanning, & Bone Cleaning
Mammal Skinning, Tanning, & Bone Cleaning
Mammal Skinning, Tanning, & Bone Cleaning
Mammal Skinning, Tanning, & Bone Cleaning

Mammal Skinning, Tanning, & Bone Cleaning

On Hold Due to COVID

Mammal Skinning & Tanning will be held Sunday, November 20th from 11AM - 5PM. 

The most important aspect of creating quality taxidermy is proper prep and preservation: skinning and tanning. Don't let your creations end up in one of those Crap Taxidermy threads. Learn how to skin with precision for taxidermy and how to make skin clean and durable through the process of tanning. Why is tanning important? Look here!  

No formal skinning skills are required, but students should be prepared to work with sharp scalpels and utilize fine hand skills. Students will be working on various medium-sized mammals acquired from natural death, abatement work, or other deaths not related to the art.

Each student will work with at least one partner in the class on a shared specimen in order to maximize our time. Students will learn the following techniques: scalpel work, skinning for taxidermy, measurements, skinning toes, splitting lips/eyelids/noses, opening ears, fleshing on the wheel, and salting their skin. 

Because tanning is a several week process, the tanning portion of the class will be a hands-on demonstration.  Students will learn the chemistry behind tanning and view every step of the process in the 'cooking show' style: acid pickle, mid-pickle fleshing, immersion tanning and oiling the hide.

Students will receive the tanning formula recipe with detailed tanning instructions. This is the exact formula trusted by the Natural History Museum for almost half a century. Though students will not be able to take home the mammal skin, they will leave with the ability to properly skin and tan mammals on their own. 

Students will also be taken through Prey's step-by-step method of bone cleaning that minimizes smell and doesn't use toxic chemicals. This is ideal for bone preservation and articulation as an alternative to keeping a colony of beetles. 

The class will be taught by Allis Markham of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles at her private studio in Highland Park, Los Angeles i. All supplies, tools, and specimens will be provided and are included in the class fee. 

*Please be aware of our cancellation policy*

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