10 Saleesh Drive | Thompson Falls, Montana, 59873
We greatly appreciate the following unsolicited reference letters from these graduates: If you would like to speak with some of our graduates in person, please let us know and we will provide you with contact information.
| Jared Delaite | Chris Campbell | Eric Kallis | Brad Wirgau | Tony Graft | Cody Burson | Eric Reed | Dan Feaga | Justin Evans | Kathi Henson | Shawn Carrell | Marty Silva | Randy Panter |
This raccoon mount was completed in class by ATTC student, Jared DeLaite. After graduation, he took it to the Maine Taxidermy Show & Competition. It took first place, as well as 'Best Lifesize', ‘Best of Show’ and numerous other awards. This was just one of Jared's successes, as he won a few awards on other pieces as well.
Along with the photo, Jared sent us the following note In October 2013:
This is the Raccoon I mounted at school.... I learned so much in class, it was awesome. Can’t wait for my shop to be going full time. Probably will happen sometime next year.
We received this great email from graduate Chris Campbell on June 15, 2011:
Hi Steve and Ro,
Over this past weekend we had our Idaho Taxidermy Assn Convention, there were over 100 mounts at the show and just wanted to pass on the good news to you guys. My results were;
2 blue ribbons (one for a whitetail and one for my lifesize mink)
In addition to those, at the banquet I was awarded the "McKenzie Taxidermy Supply Taxidermist's Choice Best Whitetail Award Idaho 2011".... What a huge honor for my first show!!!! I went in not expecting anything and came away with alot more than I ever imagined.
Hi Steve and Roe. This is Eric Kallis in Kalispell. Just giving you guys a update on my progress. I have completed my life size sheep mount and it turned out excellent! Just finished up two wolf mounts for the Tribe in Ronan. I have had an excellent year for new clients and appreciate all you guys taught me. The quality of work is starting to pay off. All my customers have been very happy. I am doing some mounts that I didn't think I was going to get a chance to do this early in my career. Thanks for all you both have done for me and my business!
Email received on 2/24/11 from Summer 2010 graduate, Brad Wirgau:
I was just thinking about you guys as I walk into my shop this morning, I can't begin to tell what a great feeling that is to walk into my own taxidermy shop and see my display hanging on the wall. I just want to thank you guys for the great experience that you have taught me. After 7 months of being done with school I finally got my shop all done and already have started working on mounts. I had to turn down several deer as well as other animals (had to tell people to wait and give me time it's just going to take a bit, word gets out in a small town especially when your well known) just due to the fact of getting everything together (license, supplies, shop, etc.) As far as mounts goes I finished up three pheasants and cape out two deer and a coyote. I am real excited to see what this summer and next hunting season brings me. I plan on visiting good old Thompson Falls this summer so when I do I will stop by and say "hello". Thanks for all your support and patient that you had with us, God bless!
Attach is a photo of my display I have at my shop!
And here is an additional email received from Brad on 6/6/11:
Tony Graft here from Manitoba,Canada. Thinking of your school and thought I would send a note that might encourage your students. I have had customers give me their business after using other taxidermists for many years, based on the amount of detail I put into my mounts. They are saying they have not seen mounts with so much detail, and looking so life-like. I must pat myself on the back and tell you that my Whitetail mounts are amazing! Am really enjoying mounting Fish also Big Manitoba Walleye 30 inch plus! Your school has taught me great techniques that has definitely put my mounts as competition quality! Thanks Steve!....Tony Graft
We received this email from Cody Burson July 6, 2010. Cody entered the mink he did in class in the Nebraska State Taxidermy Competition and this is what he had to say:
Just wanted to tell you that I went to my first Nebraska State Taxidermists Competition and Convention June 25-27, 2010. I entered my mink in the Amateur Adult, and won best life size mammal in my class. Thank you so much for all your help. Right now I am working on my shop. Hopefully in about 2 weeks it will be up and running, as of right know I have 2 fish and a deerhead that people want me to mount.
Steve and Ro,
Just wanted to let you know that this past weekend at the Montana Taxidermy Show I received a blue ribbon in the professional division and on top of that was awarded the Montana Fish and Game choice award. Its hard to believe it has only been a year since I took your course. Thanks again!
We received the following email from Eric Reed just after his experience at the 2008 Oregon Taxidermy Show.
We received the following email from Justin Evans after he arrived home from our summer class:
We received the following email from Kathi Henson shortly after her graduation.
Hi Steve, Ro & Norman
I had a good trip home. My family is totally impressed with the mounts I did. They have alot of projects they want me to do. I looked at all the mounts I have and they are just commercial mounts they don't have all the detail that you taught me. I'm also set up with Sue for tanning and rug making. A big thank you Steve, your instruction will help me have a successful business. Give Norman a hug.
The following is an email we received from Renee Carrell, the wife of graduate, Shawn Carrell:
Hi Steve, This is Renee Carrell I had to use my works email. I am writing you to let you know how Shawn is doing in taxidermy. Well of course I think he is doing wonderful! We went to the New Mexico Taxidermy Convention in Grants, New Mexico last weekend. We placed first with the Whitetail pedestal mount. We also placed best of show for the Amateur division with the deer. We placed third with the flying pheasant. I was more excited then he was. Everyone really liked his worked and we told them where he went to school. Everyone told us that your school was a wonderful place to go. We definitely agree with everyone. We have a friend that might be able to attend your school soon; Shawn really wants him to go to your school!!
Shawn has his own business already. It is called Reel Life Advanced Taxidermy. We opened it back in August. He has had a lot of business so far. He has not completed any mounts because we are waiting on the hides to get back from the tanners. We are using the tanners from Montana. He even has me working in his shop with him. I figured I would just keep you updated on Shawn.
Here are some pictures from the convention of his trophies and the mounts that he did in school.
Thanks, Renee Carrell
The next paragraph is from Marty Silva, who posted the following comments about his experience with our school
on the taxidermy.net forums.
"I just took the 3-week mammal course at the Advanced Taxidermy Training Course and couldn't be more pleased. Steve Fundum has been teaching taxidermy for many years and it shows. Everyone in the class agreed that the quality of our work when we were done far exceeded our expectations. What is more important is we left knowing that we were capable of doing quality work on our own once we got home. If you have any questions you want answered feel free to e-mail a email@example.com or call me at 208-285-3608.
Graduate Randy Panter, was kind enough to write the following reference letter:
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