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 Taxidermy Course lasting six weeks, and a selection of Specialty Courses lasting two weeks each. The following information simply lists the advantages of each type of course. For details on what is actually included in each course, please see our Course Info page.
The Complete Six Week Course has the following advantages:
The Two Specialty Courses have the following advantages:
No matter which course you choose, all of our classes utilize advanced techniques, enabling you to produce customer mounts that are of competition quality. Our class size is limited to a maximum of eight 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, and you will be able to do the same!
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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