10 Saleesh Drive | Thompson Falls, Montana, 59873
As owner & operator of ATTC, I would like to welcome you and introduce myself, (Steve Fundum), and my wife, Ro Fundum.
We have been practicing commercial as well as competition level taxidermy since the early 1980's, and have seen many advancements in the profession. We first began teaching in 1987, and throughout the years we have developed & perfected many of our own taxidermy trade secrets. We continually attend shows and seminars in order to examine the techniques of some of the top taxidermy experts in the world. We are constantly improving upon our teaching methods to reflect the ever improving taxidermy techniques available. To learn competition level taxidermy, it is important to learn from an award winning taxidermist. Steve has won awards as the state, regional, and national levels, as well as the coveted Wasco Award.
In 1994 we expanded our interests to include wildlife sculpting, and have successfully created and marketed a variety of bronzed wildlife art. Our experience in sculpting has added a new quality to our taxidermy skills, by further increasing our awareness of anatomical accuracy. We feel very fortunate to have earned many top awards with our taxidermy work, and are pleased to have discovered such a successful and creative outlet for our love of wildlife.
Our facility is conveniently located on our residential property, just a stone's throw away from our home. The working area of our shop consists of 1400 s.f. of classroom area on the main floor, as well as a 480 s.f. painting/finishing/drying area, a showroom, a salting/freezer room, and storage/drying rooms. There is approximately 240 s.f. of additional storage upstairs, but everything pertaining to student training is conveniently located on the main floor. Each student has a minimum of 5 ft of table space, as well as ample floor space.
We are equipped with all the modern tools & equipment necessary to run an efficient taxidermy studio. In addition, you will receive your own set of personal tools to keep. The tools in your kit are the types of tools you will use often enough that you need your own set, as sharing would be a hindrance. The tools are included in your tuition.
The Advanced Taxidermy Training Center of NW Montana offers a Complete Six Week Taxidermy Course, using advanced techniques, enabling you to produce customer mounts that are of competition quality. Our class size is limited to six students, to ensure plenty of personal attention. We call our taxidermy courses "advanced", because we teach procedures that go beyond those commonly used in commercial taxidermy. These procedures allow us to guarantee every customer mount for life!
Over the years, we have taught hundreds of students from all over the world. During this time, we have continued to regularly update our techniques to reflect the ever improving variety of taxidermy methods available. Our courses are presented in an organized manner that even the novice will understand. We have a 'do it till its right' philosophy. We do not use a standard grading system to judge your work. Instead, nothing is considered finished until we have made sure every last detail for each and every student mount has been completed and approved. You will learn to use nictating membranes, artificial septums, and many other tools that can make the difference between a mediocre mount and an award winning taxidermy work of art! You will use an official competition score sheet throughout the entire mounting process. This helps you to pay attention to the important details that will set you apart from your competitors! These are just a few examples of the advanced nature of our taxidermy training program. After learning our techniques, you will be able to offer a lifetime guarantee to your customers!
Our Full Six Week Taxidermy Course includes training in mammal taxidermy (gameheads, lifesize, & rugs), fish taxidermy, and bird taxidermy. In addition to the advanced taxidermy techniques we teach, we discuss Tanning procedures, and include Advanced Habitat training, that goes above & beyond the simple rocks/plants/moss materials, that are so common nowadays. For those of you who have time restrictions, or cannot afford the entire six week course, we also offer a two-week gamehead course. Please see our courses page for more details.
We work full days Monday through Friday, and additional time will be scheduled if needed. Our taxidermy classes are limited to 6 students or less in order to insure you receive plenty of attention during your taxidermy training.
We supply all of the specimens, supplies, and habitat materials needed to complete your projects. We supply you with your own set of tools that are yours to keep when you leave. If you are asking yourself just what you do need to bring to class, the answer is nothing! We even supply notebooks and pens for taking notes! All these things are included in your tuition. Aside from tuition, you only need to pay for your travel, meals, and housing.
A large part of competition level taxidermy, is using competition quality specimens. We do not purchase what some taxidermy suppliers like to call "student specimens". If you would like to use any of your own taxidermy specimens, you need to send them to us prior to class for pre-approval. If approved, an appropriate credit will be applied towards your taxidermy course tuition.
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